The Power of Adaptation: Embracing Change in Business and Life

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To cope with life and all its challenges, you have to accept the fact that change is inevitable.

Life doesn’t stand still.

Nature is proof of that.

Time moves on.

Clouds change, plants grow and die, and all human life dies. Once you can accept all this, it is time to adapt to the changes in the world without losing your own individual identity and spiritual being.

You can maintain that identity by taking control of your own mind. There are some things in life over which you have a certain amount of control such as relationships, decision-making, and the directions you choose to go in.

But, you have no control over the weather, traffic lights, tides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, insane drivers, wars and even inflation.

Yet, too many individuals carry their past experiences into the present and need to be fully aware of the fact that they are actually living IN the past.

In order to cope with the future and its changes and challenges, you must understand the concept of what we call the ‘LINE.’ The line represents the present as we move through time.

On one side of the line, we have the past moments of your living where you did and said things that you wished you hadn’t said and done. There are also the good and positive things that you have experienced. However, it makes no difference whether they were good or bad, they happened through the choices you made, good or bad.

In other words, you are where you are today because of choices.

Unfortunately, you cannot remake those choices of the past. The line keeps moving. You are constantly on the move, time-wise, and on this other side of the line is the power you hold over your future. Which lies in the choices you make and the control you take over your life.

Mind power is one of the greatest tools at your disposal, an area totally underestimated by many. For example, in the past, business strategic planning was predicated on management skills and knowledge. Sales growth was driven by motivation and sales principles or techniques. Today you have to think differently to adapt to the great metamorphosis in the hi-tech world we live in.

No longer can businesses rely on old strategies. The greatest power that people can utilise, is mega-thinking. What we are talking about is not thinking big, but big thinking; a quantum leap in making more use of the billions of brain cells we all possess.

The human brain is incredibly adaptive to change.

Your mental capacity is astonishingly large, and your ability to process widely varied information and complex new experiences with relative ease can often be surprising.

The brain’s ability to act and react in ever-changing ways is referred to by neuroscientists as neuroplasticity. This special characteristic allows the brain’s estimated 100 billion nerve cells to lay down new pathways for neural communication constantly and to rearrange existing ones throughout life. Thereby aiding the processes of learning, memory, and adaptation through experience.

Research by neuroscientists has proven that your neural connections do not ever reach, by some late age, a fixed pattern that cannot change. Rather, the ongoing process of brain cell connection reformation and death of the cell, is what gives the brain its plasticity – its ability to learn and remember. To adapt to its environment and all the challenges brought with it. To acquire new knowledge and learn from fresh experiences – throughout an individual’s lifetime.

Neuroplasticity can work in two directions; it is responsible for deleting old connections as frequently as it enables the creation of new ones and thus lays the groundwork for adaptation to new ideas and concepts. In business as well as in your personal life, this opens up unlimited possibilities. This has to be exciting for anyone whose brain is operating above room temperature.

Change is an integral part of today’s business climate. Those business owners, managers or employees who make a choice to initiate and embrace change will forge ahead of their competitors. While those who remain static in their thinking and fear change, will recede and remain in ignorance if they think that resisting new ideas and adaptive changes will prevent those changes from happening.

Many companies and individuals will be content to survive by playing it safe because of some fear. They might even be good at giving all the best reasons why this change is not suitable for the business, the organisation, or the customer. However, their underlying concern may be their fear about how the change will affect them, their job, and their lives.

Fear has never been a great motivator in the long run. Change is inevitable. Stop playing safe.

It’s time to cross the line and create a better future!