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Tips for Increasing Adaptability and Going with the Flow

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Earn your leadership every day. - Michael Jordan

Some people have an elevated level of adaptability naturally. If that is you, then you are in decent shape.

But what if it is not? What if you are easily discouraged or daunted by setbacks? Is there anything you can do to increase your adaptability?


Here are some tips to help you increase your adaptability and go with the flow.

Make contingency plans. You should always have a Plan B. It does not mean you are planning for failure. Instead, it means you have thought about what you will do if Plan A does not go as planned.

Practice resilience. If you are like most people, you experience tons of minor setbacks. When one happens, pay attention to how you react and think about how you can switch up your internal monologue to be more positive.

Produce a daily affirmation to remind yourself that you can deal with disappointment. You might try something like, “Even if things don’t go my way today, I’m going to keep going and not get bogged down by it.”

When something goes wrong, do not react at once. Take a few deep breaths and let yourself feel the disappointment. We often get frustrated because we are trying too hard to overcome it. It is okay to feel disappointed – but it is not okay to let it get the best of you.

These tips can help you learn to be more resilient. Even a big disappointment or a disappointing failure does not have to mean that your goals are out of reach.

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