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Are You Adaptable?

adapt (əˈdæpt)

1. ( often foll by to ) to adjust (someone or something, esp oneself) to different conditions, a new environment, etc
2. ( tr ) to fit, change, or modify to suit a new or different purpose:


Adaptable. I had taken the Strengthfinders 2.0 test to determine what my top 5 strengths were. My number 2 was adaptability. While I had known that I adjusted to changes rather easily and rolled with the punches, I had never seen it as a strength.  When I was going through Strengthfinders it was with a group – they asked us  to identify a success in our life or achievement and how our strengths had played a role. As I looked at many successes in my life – I clearly saw how adaptability had played a huge role in each of them. Even in some tough times – the natural ability to roll with the punches – served me well. 

Here is what Strengthfinders says about the Adapability theme:

You live in the moment. You don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead, you see it as a place that you create out of the choices that you make right now. And so you discover your future one choice at a time. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have plans. You probably do. But this theme of Adaptability does enable you to respond willingly to the demands of the moment even if they pull you away from your plans. Unlike some, you don’t resent sudden requests or unforeseen detours. You expect them. They are inevitable. Indeed, on some level you actually look forward to them. You are, at heart, a very flexible person who can stay productive when the demands of work are pulling you in many different directions at once.

I know now what a strength this is and I am so thankful it’s one I have. Even as I live out my every day and think about the future I see how many great things are possible with this strength.

For those who it is not a natural strength, it is one I believe is valuable to develop, to work on. I have encountered a number of people in my life where I have seen an attitude of immovability. This idea/attitude directly impacts the forward motion in our lives.  If we are unable to be moved, to see a different perspective, to grow, to change – forward motion and progress are hindered, slowed or even not possible. 

im·mov·a·ble [ih-moo-vuh-buhl] adjective

1. incapable of being moved; fixed; stationary.
2. incapable of being influenced by feeling; emotionless: an immovable heart; an immovable tyrant.
3. incapable of being moved from one’s purpose, opinion, etc.; steadfast; unyielding.
4. not subject to change; unalterable.
5. not moving; motionless.


Do you see traits of immovability or adaptability in your life? Which would you rather embrace?

Originally posted 2014-06-29 17:23:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


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