Practice Flexibility in Life
When we say the word “flexible” we're not talking about being physically flexible, but we mean to be flexible in your approach.
Flexibility is an important skill to master. But what does flexibility mean? Do we all have this skill?
This article includes some tips to clarify the meaning of flexibility in life and how to adopt this skill.
First of all, you have to know that flexible people never know what might appear on their desk but are always ready for what comes. They have the ability to shift their priorities in response to the demands of a situation.
Hence, flexibility means you're able to comfortably adapt to changing circumstances and environments, like a chameleon.
Flexibility is practiced by actively seeking out new ways of doing things or having the confidence to improvise or experiment.
People with high adaptability are often described as "flexible”, “team players" or as someone who "goes with the flow." People who aren't adaptable may be called "stubborn" or "creatures of habit.".
What do we mean by adaptability?
Adaptability has two distinct components: flexibility and versatility.
Flexibility means comfortably adapting to changing circumstances and environments.
Versatility comes with the ability to adapt and deal with the unexpected or not.
So, the more flexible you are, the more likely you are to survive and succeed.
How can you be flexible?
Some people are naturally adaptable and have the ability to alter their routines as much as they can, others are not. They have a “to-do” list of their day and are restricted to execute it.
If you are the kind of person who has a “to-do” list and hates when something arises which isn’t on your list, you need to change yourself and learn how to become more adaptable and flexible.
To practice adaptability and flexibility, use the (STAR) technique:
Define the situation you were in. Where were you? What were you doing? What was the context?
Identify the task. What was your aim? What was the problem? Identify your limitations.
Describe your action. Be clear about what you did in the situation.
Explain the result. What was the outcome of your actions, what did you achieve? What should you amend next time?
Flexibility thrives in a culture of change, the receptiveness to change. Rise to the challenge of dealing with the unfamiliar and show that you can cope with the new or unexpected.