• Sydney Phillips

How To Be More Adaptable

I, like most people, don’t think I could count the number of emails that have started with “I hope you are doing well in this uncertain time” in 2020. A lot has happened – you may even notice that last week was the first time since starting the podcast that there wasn’t a weekly episode. In an act of solidarity and alliance with the Black community I wanted to mute my voice to amplify the voices that need to be heard. Let this be clear, the unity and alliance does not stop this week. I stand with you today and every day after. I started this podcast as a way to provide value and right now, we as a collective around the world have had to adapt quickly and abruptly to a lot of the events that have happened in the world. I’ve seen tons of comments about people venting that they are “done with living in historical times” –and to that I say, the music still plays and we still have to do the dance. Adaptability isn’t something that everyone is particularly strong in, but I do believe that everyone can learn it. Which is why this week’s episode is on how to be more adaptable.

The first way to be more adaptable is to improve your coping mechanism. If you handle stress in an unhealthy way, it’s important to change these habits first. There are millions of healthy ways that you could cope, but among the highest are meditation, working out, listening to music, reading, or watching a movie.

The second way to be more adaptable requires more mindfulness, be open. Open-mindedness will be the difference between those who can shift with their environment and turn problems into opportunities and those who only have problems.

The third way to be more adaptable is to create an entire alphabet for your plan. While I realize that there are some people like me who are more engaged in risk-seeking, there are also a lot of people that can’t handle that level of uncertainty. If this. is you, write down Plan A, B, C, D ... (you get the idea). Having all of these different paths will give you some comfort in knowing that there is still 25 other ways to pivot.

The fourth way is to stick to your natural inclinations. If a situation doesn’t come natural to you, refer to your natural inclinations. If you’re an extrovert who draws the strength and inspiration from talking to other people, no matter whether they’re family members or total strangers, make sure you talk to them.

I hope that these helpful tricks can help you to be more adaptable. As always, subscribe to the pink suit and we will see you here next week, same time and same place.