They say a little change could do you good, but how can you actually learn to welcome change in your life?
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I’m not going to tell you that change gets easier, but over the years I have learned that change is going to happen, so it is best to be adaptable.
Like in yoga, running, lifting… the effort never really gets any easier, you get stronger as your body adapts to the stresses you place upon it. You become more resilient as your recovery time decreases.
You learn how important the littlest components are to the entire machine.
In the same way, you learn to welcome change and, in so doing, to become increasingly adaptable to situations that arise. You don’t learn to quell the rising panic and anxiety overnight, but with practice.
5 Ways that I Learned to Welcome Change and Become Adaptable
Find the Balance between familiarity and newness. Yoga sequences, training programs, lifting regimens are all created (or should be) according to a progression that will lead you to your peak performance (climax pose, goal race, benchmark WOD). That means that each new step is built on a solid and firm foundation of familiarity with a new layer.
Sometimes, life throws us curveballs. When that happens, use the familiar as points of rest and recovery as you do “workouts” of the new. In other words, don’t change everything at once!
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The Little Things Are Life is another lesson that you must learn in order to welcome change and become adaptable. The little things bring the big picture into focus, like a dash of salt in a sweet dessert. Little details complete the story.
The details set you apart and make you special. The details facilitate a powerful pose or hold you back.
Remembering your priorities helps you to maintain perspective. Last summer, Alex and I were in a constant state of flux as we dealt with work, health problems, anxiety attacks, and more. As we were discussing how to handle all of the balls in the air, we came up with the idea to focus on three priorities a day; if what we were grappling with didn’t serve those priorities, it could wait. Acknowledging our priorities as actual priorities mean that we didn’t feel as obligated to try to please everyone; instead, we served our true masters–family, mental and emotional, and physical health.
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Choosing positivity instead of relying on optimism has helped me so much in my journey towards adaptability. Actively making the choice to believe in a positive outcome, rather than assuming that it will, helps me to feel a bit more secure in an often out of control world. Furthermore, making that choice empowers me to get in the driver’s seat of my own life in many other areas.
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Maintain your sense of humor. That is an order. Life is going to give you lemons. Make them into applesauce. Let’s just say that I’ve had my fair share of awkward and obnoxious health ailments and, for as smart as I am, I tend to do silly stupid dumb things. You have to have a sense of humor in life. You have to meet yourself, your mind, and your body as you find it each day. That doesn’t mean that frustration is useless, but becoming mindful of it helps you learn your triggers so that you can live a happier life overall.
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Do you consider yourself adaptable?
What are some of the hardest changes you have had to accommodate?