The concept of being adaptable is a rather valuable one, in my opinion. When I say adaptable, I’m referring to ones ability to cooperate, compromise, and be flexible with others in any given situation. It’s a great character trait to possess, and the benefits of being adaptable significantly outweigh the negatives, in my opinion.
That being said, I would argue that a lot of us aren’t overly adaptable and struggle with the concept of flexibility. Perhaps this is linked to the sense of comfort that a lot of us experience as a result of a repetitive routine, and if so, I can understand why some of us might have more issue with being adaptable than others.
I’ve been able to witness how advantageous being adaptable is in various work environments. I’ve worked a few different jobs over the past couple of years, and I think it’s fair to say that an inability to be flexible in the workplace typically ends up being problematic for a variety of reasons. When you work with someone who is hesitant towards flexibility, or even refuses to compromise in order to be flexible, there is a good chance you and them won’t have a great relationship, and no one else will have a good relationship with them, either.
If you are someone who isn’t so easily adaptable, don’t panic. It isn’t the end of the world, and with a little mindfulness and cooperation, learning to be a flexible person isn’t a gruelling task. Being conscious of behaviour is a great first step in learning how to be more adaptable as it is an effective way to acknowledge situations that could be an opportunity to compromise and work with others.
Knowing you aren’t super adaptable is the first step in understanding how to become more adaptable at the end of the day. It may take time, but transforming from being stubborn and uncooperative to flexible might be one of the best things you ever do.