Become An ‘Adaptability Machine’ & Install Stable Strategies

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To succeed, you must be adaptable. You can have the highest intellect, or be the most physically strong, but without adaptability, you will still not survive. Take a look back at your friends from school, where are they now? Did the captain of the sports team make it? Is the ‘straight A’ student now a billionaire? Consider who became the most successful, and what they were like in school? It’s likely that rather than having been ‘the best’, they were and still are, the most adaptable, the one most likely to challenge the status quo.


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Whilst it’s true there is some correlation of intellect to monetary success, it is also true that despite their intellect, one of the reason successful people are just that is because they have continuously adapted (they are also extremely aware – read more on that here).

Change only happens when people dare to challenge the thoughts of the day. As such, to adapt we must stop seeing everything in black & white, as a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’, and start adapting. By opening our minds to new possibilities within the reasonable parameters of moral consideration.


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Read the signs and adapt. Don’t freak out and react instantly to a changing environment (you’ll get the exact opposite, and equal reaction – so be prepared), but equally don’t wait a year and leave the dynamic to change itself (now it’s too late, you’re pissed off because you’ve still been working to the parameters of the ‘original deal’).

Notice changes as they happen, and take control of the dynamic yourself by adapting. Don’t keep exchanging one action for its opposite and equal reaction; instead dare to adapt from the parameters of the ‘original’ deal’ and make a deal for a new stable strategy.

It’s not about adapting because you’re forced to, but identifying and agreeing the new parameters of your changing environment so that you can adapt because it serves your survival, not just for the sake of it.

COACHING QUESTIONS – You can do these in your head, on a piece of paper, or even leave a comment below.

1. What situation are you facing right now that feels unstable to you? (This will be a situation where the ‘original’ dynamics have changed in reality, but not in your current perception).

2. What is one thing you can do today to start adapting this unstable dynamic into a new stable strategy? (Think about what would make you feel that the situtation was again stable).

BONUS TASK
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Adapted from ‘The 67 Steps’ by tailopez.com.

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  2. Wow! One situation am faced with right now has to do with having to leave an embittered environment to an unstable environment. This new environment helps me control my time, turn the light off when I want to and not afraid to make decisions. Not easy though, no couch, no bed to sleep on but I still sleep anyways. It takes away my sense of comfort for the moment and I love it.

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    • Thanks for your comment AkinMore. Adapting to a new environment is always challenging, but reward yourself for having taken charge of the situation you were facing, and creating a new one that puts you in control of what happens next. Usually when we step outside our comfort zone, we realise that we were content, not happy; and whilst a new situation can provide uncertainty initially, it is the opportunity to take charge of the changing dynamic that will see you through the other side; a happier, more adaptable person. Keep on going! 🙂

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