“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails”
Growing up my dad said, ad nauseam “the only thing certain is change.” In this one statement he meant a lot of things. The primary things being, don’t freak out when things change because things are always going to change. Expect change. And most importantly, figure out how to adapt and move on.
We are in a time of unprecedented change. I am sure my dad did not expect me to expect this level of societal change and upheaval, however, his advice still rings true. Figure out how to adapt and move on.
And I have to say, JMA has adapted to our new normal spectacularly, and continues to adapt as new information and protocols are released.
Over the last few months there have been live online classes and 6-feet-apart driveway visits. Both have been awesome! When Wisconsin reopened JMA was ready with a sterilized studio and new safety protocols for in-person lessons.
JMA’s ability to be flexible and adapt to our changing world has seriously impressed me. Now let’s look at the lessons of flexibility and adaptability in our own lives. How exactly does one adapt when life throws curveballs? I’ve been quietly observing these past few months, and I compiled a list of the things successful adapters seem to do. Successful adapters:
- Pause and regroup
- Determine priorities
- Take stock of all available resources and tools
- Learn new things
- Try new things
- Listen, listen, listen
- Reflect and repeat
This list is what I have observed leads to successful adaptability. I invite you to leave a comment regarding what you would add to the list. I foresee us all needing to increase our adaptability muscles throughout the next year.