“Flexibility is the key to stability – john wooden”
Flexibility is no less than adaptation. It refers to the art of adjusting yourself to the changing environment and modifying yourself according to the needs of your everyday life.
In countries, especially a developing country, like India it becomes very important to have flexibility. This would encourage growth and development in the long run. It also provides stability as people are open to change and work according to the needs of the society. A flexible workplace not only fulfills the interest of an employee but also provides the employer with a valuable and motivated workforce as their work-life balance is maintained.
Some tips to develop flexibility are as follows-
• Become adaptable:
Remember that theory of Charles Darwin which talks about survival of the fittest? Same happens everywhere, especially at workplaces. Accept that change is inevitable. It is important for you to adapt to your surroundings in order to become productive. Adaptability automatically increases your flexibility as you become ready to accept changes and work accordingly.
Have confidence in yourself! Remember that you are unique, and you are the best! Always present yourself confidently. This gives the listener a chance to understand your personality. It further makes you look open to questions which increases your chances of getting the job you want to! But always remember, self-confidence is appreciated and not over confidence!
• Challenge yourself:
Always keep challenging yourself. The more you challenge, the more flexible you become as you start to accept the hurdles of life and act accordingly. Examine your current situation and look how can you make it better.
• Learn to compromise:
Sometimes the only thing you can do is compromise. This sounds difficult but sometimes it’s the only healthy option you have, especially when you are working under someone. Try and compromise to the extent you can, However, if things keep getting worse, talk to your supervisor about it politely.
• Develop open-mindedness:
You should be open to new thoughts, suggestions and ideas. Don’t develop a rigid personality. Always accept new things and don’t complain if things don’t go the way you expected. Open mindedness helps you with both personal and professional growth.
• Embrace failure:
Always have the courage to accept your failures. Your mistakes are a proof that you are learning and trying your best. The biggest sign of a flexible personality is being open to criticisms.
• Learning is the key to success:
Never stop learning new things. Theoretical and practical knowledge, both are important in today’s life. Learn and evaluate your progress in order to improve and understand yourself and your surroundings better.
• Be optimistic:
Be optimistic and work according to your future plans. Develop a risk-taking behavior. This will encourage you to try new things and learn from your mistakes thus, automatically broadening your perspective and bringing flexibility to your personality.
Winners are always flexible people who know that there are many ways to achieve one goal. You just need to figure out those ways!
Stay flexible! Stay ahead!!