Many people are so hardened and stuck in their old ways that when changes present themselves, they find they’re unable to adapt. They’re often so resistant to change that they’ll give up when something deviates from their original plan.
Others are so unprepared for change that they can’t adapt quick enough. In order to be successful, you need to flexible enough so that you can adapt to change and work with the ebb and flow of things.
As much as it might seem like a positive trait, being headstrong and rigid isn’t always the best thing for success. Life is always unpredictable, and as much as you might think you’ll know exactly how a project or anything is going to work, it might not go that way.
If you can’t make that change, you’re going to end up failing because you’ll be going against the grain. By being flexible, you’ll be able to adapt to any unexpected changes that might come up while you’re working on something important.
Flexibility comes in many different forms. For some, it means adapting on the fly. For example, if you’re working a project and one of the people working on it with you suddenly can’t work anymore, you’ll need to find a replacement quickly.
It’s not something that you can realistically plan for, since you never know who could get sick or injured, but you’ll just have to work fast and go with it. In another way, you can have contingency plans in place so that when a sudden change does arise, you’ll be able to reference that plan and quickly work to resolve that issue.
For example, if you know that one part of your project might not be able to get done as originally planned, have a different way of doing it in place as a backup, so that if your first option fails, you aren’t left in a lurch.
This, of course, can’t work in all situations, but it certainly helps reduce the panicked feeling you might get when something goes wrong. Something important to realize about being flexible is that you’re going to have to accept the change openly.
Even if it’s not a change that you want to happen, you’re going to have far more success if you work with the change rather than against it. If you’re working against it, then you’ll find that you might not be able to reverse the change and will have wasted your time trying to cheat the system.