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We have always been told that good thinking is the result of reading books.
However, you can't only rely on what you know in unexpected situations. You need adaptive thinking to survive.
Adaptive thinking is the ability to recognize unexpected situations, quickly consider various possible responses, and decide on the best one. It is the ability to be logical at high speed.
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Adaptive thinking is changing your usual behaviour quickly in response to an unexpected situation.
Developing adaptive thinking is not improving it. We also need a plan to further foster our adaptive thinking skills.
Regardless of how carefully you plan for things that could go wrong, things will inevitably go wrong.
Employing the power of adaptive thinking requires work and open-mindedness. The biggest hurdle that will prevent you from having a good response is not allowing your mind to wander.
Plan in advance how you envision a task. For example, if you need to talk with a new client, write down everything you need to become successful. Think about all the details and imagine doing the task in your head.
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