The ABC Traits of Adaptive People

Apr 29, 2020 | Fred Toke, Lifestyle

ABCs of Adaptive People

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip, and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” ― Bruce Lee

With COVID-19 creating havoc and anxieties all over the world, being smart is not enough. Being adaptive is the new smart. It is the ability to keep abreast of the challenges and rise above the noise and view the bigger picture that will help one stay positive and move forward.

Although adaptability requires a great deal of effort, it will help you weather storms and sustains you during periods of volatility.

ABCs of Adaptive People

A – Accept Challenges

Such people have learned to accept their challenges and the difficulties it causes. Their life’s journey did not stop because of the challenges they faced. They accept it, adapt to it, and then make the best of it. By promptly accepting their plight, it gives them time to make positive changes to reach new goals. Procrastination, on the other hand, only prolongs the pain.

B – Be Open:

Being open-minded, adaptive people see hidden potential in challenging situations. The capacity to explore unknown possibilities enhance their search for a solution to every problem. Since open-mindedness and creativity come as a package, they habitually break conventional thinking, which often results in the ability to discover opportunities in a seemingly dead-end situation.

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ― Albert Einstein

C – Conscientiousness

Adaptive people behave conscientiously. They are dependable, diligent, disciplined, goal-oriented, hardworking, orderly, persistent, prudent, responsible, self-controlled, and well-organized. They exude calm amid chaos because they are not impulsive, careless, or aimless. Such people have a deep sense of character, being transparent, and creative. They smell opportunities in the most challenging circumstances and work through them ethically, efficiently, and elegantly.

Be smart. Be adaptive.

To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.” – Apostle Paul

Praying for your health and happiness.

Fred Toké aka Dr. Tokémon

Fred Tokė aka Dr. Tokėmon is a Clinical Psychologist by training, was a former adjunct professor at Nanyang Technological University. He is also a guest lecturer at the University Malaysia Sabah’s Faculty of Medicine. Besides teaching, he also provides clinical psychotherapy services to the downtrodden and the discouraged.

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