A Human Approach

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The Time to Adapt

Aha!  Moment Monday

For how long have you had your car?  Are you so comfortable with the technology and all of where the buttons, dials, switches and plugs are that to perform any function – make a turn, change the media source, open the moon roof, adjust your seat – that very little deliberate thinking is required to make the change?

That probably wasn’t the case when you first got your vehicle.  Like me you may have set the wipers off looking for the high beams, turned on an interior light trying open the moon roof and couldn’t for the life of you figure out how to turn down the fan.  Eventually everything became second-nature and easy.

I commented to a friend of my typing proficiency on my computer. I still can type a zillion words a minute but recognize that so can my 18-year-old niece with her thumbs on her flat screen phone; as fast as I do on my computer, with the same amount of accuracy, and with her eyes closed.

It’s what you’re used to right?

So, what happens when you step into a new car, or get a new phone, or I don’t know, when what you used to do in person you’re now doing remotely?  Do new areas of your brain light up and some fumbling kick in?  Can imposed change test your survival mechanism?

Aha!  ~ “It’s not the strongest that survives nor the most intelligent that survives.  It’s the one that is most adaptable to change.”  Charles Darwin

When your eco system is disrupted it presents a new reality for you to get used to.  Each shift in your eco system, however, affects everything else and the perpetual effect of the change – one thing is off then another this is off then another – creates a level of uncertainty that tests even the most adaptable.

It is not a matter of survival of the fittest.  Those who can yell, “Plot twist!” and move quickly will win.

But make no mistake.  Uncertainty is unsettling.  The brain registers it as “danger”. We like “familiar” and “routine”, we like when we know what to expect and our expectations are met so if you’re feeling a little heavy managing constant change, ground yourself in gratitude and remember, you’re not alone.

Blessed are the flexible as they will not be bent out of shape.


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