The new year is upon us, and everyone is planning, setting goals, and resolving to be better, correct mistakes, and achieve more. However, not all of us understand our mindset’s role in helping us achieve our goals and find fulfillment in life.

What exactly is an adaptable mindset? Why is it important and what role does it play in my day-to-day activities and goal attainment? After reading through this short article, you should be able to answer this and more;

  1. What does it mean to be adaptable?
  2. What is Mindset?
  3. What is the difference between a non-adaptable mindset and an adaptable mindset?
  4. Why is it important for me to adopt an adaptable mindset?

According to the Dictionary, “Being adaptable means being able to adjust to new conditions.” There are so many definitions by different authors of the word “adaptable ” that all attest to the fact that one must adjust, learn, and grow despite the current situation. We can say that a person is adaptable when he/she can learn efficiently and goes ahead to apply that learning across different conditions. In that case, being adaptable is beyond just adjusting to the current situation, but also learning from that situation and applying the lesson whenever needed in the future.

That being said, let’s talk about MINDSET;

Maybe everyone knows about mindsets. You probably have your definition of the word. According to Wikipedia “A mindset is an established set of attitudes of a person or group concerning culture, values, philosophy, frame of mind, outlook, and disposition. It may also arise from a person’s worldview or beliefs about the meaning of life.” Mindsets are like filters of belief that stand between you and your reality. They have so much power over you that they influence what you perceive, how you feel, and how you behave.

Mindsets do not only allow you to learn or not learn, but also choose what you learn and, ultimately, the success and satisfaction you will experience. Do you understand how powerful that is? Your mindset determines if you derive satisfaction from whatever experience you are having now and in the future, for example, how you feel about 2023 is all a function of your mindset. Whether you’re satisfied with the outcome or dissatisfied is all a function of your MINDSET. What about your workplace or current role? How do you feel about it? How do you behave at home, office, or school? It’s all a function of your MINDSET.

So, how can you adopt an adaptable mindset?

We all can change our mindsets and behaviors, and, consequently, our outcomes, for the better.

We will look at some ways we approach situations through non-adaptable mindsets and compare them with an adaptable mindset;

  1. A non-adaptable mindset is FIXED

E.g “A challenge is a test that I pass or fail, based on my inherent abilities. If I am not already good at something, I will not do well.” this mindset is usually afraid of new challenges due to FOMO(Fear of missing out). It prefers to settle in the comfort zone instead of trying out something new and failing while at it.

Instead of being FIXED, an adaptable mindset says “I can learn to do anything I want. Challenges and mistakes are opportunities for learning and development.” the GROWTH mindset opposes a FIXED mindset. It is not afraid of taking up new challenges and failures. It is more concerned about what it can learn from every situation.

  1. A non-adaptable mindset is always an EXPERT;

“I should already know the answer. I should perform during a challenge by having the answers.” An expert mindset always wants to have all the answers. Doesn’t want to be caught off guard so will never attempt something he is not familiar with. It must get all its facts right before starting a journey.

Instead of being an EXPERT. An adaptable mindset is CURIOUS. It says; “I am going to ask a lot of questions, explore, and discover. I can learn a lot from trying something new.” It is always eager to learn. Always willing to take up new challenges because it knows that it is an opportunity to learn something new about itself and the situation.

  1. A non-adaptable mindset is always REACTIVE. It says; “I need to identify the problem and what is causing it so I can apply tested, well-practiced solutions to bring the situation under control.” This mindset is very bent on getting things done. It doesn’t matter if others are carried along in the process, all that matters is that the problem is solved. In the end, it doesn’t get the problem solved but instead creates more problems along the way.

Instead, an adaptable mindset is always CREATIVE. It says; “I need to lead with purpose. I will empower myself and others to explore new possibilities and experiment our way to an innovative solution.” A creative mindset is a critical thinker and team player who understands that coming up with a solution needs the contributions of others and the application of the design thinking approach and other problem-solving approaches.

After reading this point, what do you think about your MINDSET? Is it adaptable or not? Do you think it is important to carry an adaptable mindset into the new year, or is it okay to do without it?

If you’re a leader, entrepreneur, employee, or student, how do you think an adaptable mindset can help you in your endeavors going forward?

Why not include in your goals for the new year to be more adaptable in mind so that you can adjust better and learn more about yourself and your experiences? Why not open yourself up to greater opportunities?


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