So, what do we do with this? How do we change this behavior? How do we accept this ‘changed’ mindset? It comes through living the principles of the Adaptability Quotient (AQ).
You've heard of IQ, right? You've heard of EQ. And now here's the new kid on the block, that connects all of that. This the Adaptability Quotient. The principles are very clear, (inspired by the Creative Thinking Institute), AQ is the capacity to cope and thrive with change. Not accepting the ‘I'm OK with it’ type change, instead, it’s all about cope and thriving! Thriving is an intentional act! We must chose to be active participants in our personal journeys.
Adaptability is achieved through demonstrating flexibility. Demonstrating flexibility to yourself first by allowing yourself to be flexible. That's an intentional decision. Having flexibility in others. Remaining open and curious, relentless curiosity, unlearning and relearning, and the refocusing of our attention from resilience to perseverance. It's one thing to continuously be stuck in change and constantly overcoming the hurdles, it's another thing to persevere over time. Perseverance is about adaptability.
Now, we also must understand the concept of delaying personal gratification for the greater good. Because sometimes the benefits aren't always immediate (or obvious), and we must have trust in the process, that's the important part. Trusting oneself, trusting one's peers, trusting the process. We must apply advanced problem-solving skills. Yep, that one is on us as individuals. We must also tolerate failure through to succeeding, we must learn to crawl before learning to walk.
We learn how to fall down. At least that's how I learned. I was crawling at one point in my life, then I fell down, a whole bunch of times. I learned how not to fall down, and after many trials, I learned how to stand up, eventually I learned how to run, and that's how we learn. We must learn from the failures. Examining those failures will lead to learning. We must continuously get better at getting better!
The difference between a fixed mindset, an adaptive mindset is that any individual can thrive and cope with change. Change doesn’t happen to us; we make change happen! That's SoftwareONE, that's who we are and what we are all about.
Let’s discuss how a change(d) mindset is part of every Transformation and Change Management journey.
A Mindset of Change Requires a Purposeful Decision to
- Accept the fact that mindset doesn’t get activated through the flick of a switch
- Accept that change is a personal choice
- Awaken that thing inside the mind to bring new things to life
- Understand that change comes with discomfort and discomfort leads to change
- Intentionally let go of anchors
- Take control of personal behaviors: thoughts, feelings, and actions
- Reduce Emotional Reactivity