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Life is itself a big gamble; you don’t know which card is coming for you to face, strategize, and play. We can all vouch for that collectively as none of us was expecting to meet the current global crisis.

But what happens when any form of crisis hits us?

It compels us to change. As humans, we like routine and set habits and patterns that keep us in a safe zone. That is the reason we tend to gravitate in our known friends, familiar food, and fashion. It keeps us steady, and we start defining our lives through those stories. But suddenly, when an outlier hits us in terms of a person, event, or belief, we feel challenged.

Challenges measure our adaptability. Some people resist them by shutting themselves; some blame the unknown and protest to the lack of preparedness. For example, if a new superior or team member comes in with radical thinking, many may resist this out of box thinking and, may not welcome him/her in their group. They feel uneasy and succumb to the resistance to change.

Why is change so hard to embrace?

Change brings shift, and that movement makes us unsure. We feel vulnerable as we are out of our comfort zone. This uncertainty and unpredictability churn in us our vulnerability—many associate vulnerabilities with weakness as they bring out our fears and emotions. Emotions and feelings are signs of our being human. To acknowledge our concerns and vulnerability, we need courage. We need to be brave and authentic to feel and express our vulnerability. However, most people shut themselves or resist the change, challenge, or crisis. This resistance to vulnerabilities leads to more suffering and more fear. That is why many become more fearful after a setback or crisis. The more afraid we become, the more doubtful we become. We move away from the trust, taking risks, and living life.

To increase adaptability, we need to reignite our curiosity just like a child for discovering new ideas. We need to wear our explorer hat and embrace adventure in our nature. A conscious effort towards spontaneous plans enhances the true explorer in us, and that is a great way to increase our adaptability and flexibility. Not only do we become open in our minds and hearts, but our relationships also improve at home and work with this adaptable mindset.

As they say, ‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.’

That life of immemorable moments can only be created by our adaptability quotient in order for us to grow and flow with the changing current of life. A caterpillar adapts to become a butterfly by completely transforming its form for its evolution. We humans have a lot to learn from nature for our development.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors’ and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house. Unless otherwise noted, the author is writing in his/her personal capacity. They are not intended and should not be thought to represent official ideas, attitudes, or policies of any agency or institution.

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