We live in a fast-paced and ever-changing world. In so many ways, today is just a warm-up for tomorrow. It has been said that there are three kinds of people: “Those who wait for things to happen, those who make things happen, and those who wonder what happened!” With how fast things change in this world of ours, we better make sure we are keeping up. And this most definitely does not mean speed up! We must get better at seeing what is coming and adjust as quickly as possible.
We no longer live in a world that will wait for us or hold our hands. In the work world alone, adaptability is coming to be one of the most sought after traits. In one study, 91% of HR directors said adaptability was soon going to be key in hiring! This seems to be key everywhere. We are going to have to show that we can change and adjust—and more than just on the road!
So, how can you know if you are an adaptable person? Aside from assessing the way you drive during a snow storm, there are key traits that have come to be associated with adaptability. Let’s examine a few of those traits so you can assess more than just your winter-driving adaptability.
Seeing the Big Picture
People high in adaptive capacity have a knack for seeing the big picture. They can identify and recognize patterns in themselves and others. They can see emerging and fading trends, and they can look at things systemically. Even more, they can quickly take this information and turn it into new action. In short, they know when to shift gears, leave earlier, or change their route, and they do it quicker than the average driver out there!
Strong adapters have a strong sense of personal identity. They are quietly confident with themselves and their skill set. They are not cocky or arrogant, but exude a sense of surety about their talents and ability to make an impact on the world. They can draw from the well of their personal experiences and proceed with confidence. Perhaps surprisingly, they can change themselves and their behavior quickly. They do not get stuck when they know a personal change is needed. They know themselves well enough to know when to step on the gas, apply the brakes, or let someone else drive. In short, they have confidence without any ego to get in the way.
No Blame Games
Strong adapters are also high in personal integrity and responsibility. They can take a hit or a hard time without blaming others, shirking responsibility, or hiding it out until the storm passes. They are quick to see what happened and take ownership. They will own both the mistake and the process of working it out. They waste little precious time pointing fingers or hurling criticism. They own it, analyze it, and step forward. In sum, if they misjudged conditions of the road and were late, they will quietly get there as fast as possible, change up for the next time, and never blame any other driver on the road.
These are just a few of the ways a person strong in the trait of adaptability thrive and work in this world. A google search or scholarly study of this topic reveals how adaptability adds to life and success. I highly recommend some reading on this topic!
So, if you are scaring other drivers or if you are feeling frustrated with the conditions of the road, please consider a self-assessment of your own level of adaptability. Then, make some adjustments. You will have made an important step. You will be becoming more adaptable!
Originally posted May 8, 2017 on www.drivinglessonsforlife.blogspot.com.