Responding to Change


Inky Johnson is one of the most inspirational speakers I have ever heard, so I follow him on social media.  Inky was a University of Tennessee defensive back who, on September 9, 2006, made what seemed to be a routine tackle.  That routine tackle changed the trajectory of his life.  It resulted in the paralysis of his right arm, ending his collegiate football career and the possibility of an NFL career in an instant.  Earlier this week, Inky posted a caption, “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves!”  That caption was then followed by a quote from Charles Darwin – “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Change is painful. Most people don’t like it.  As humans, we aren’t very good at it.  But, what if we embraced it?  What if we got inspired by change, saw it as an opportunity for growth?  I know what you’re thinking (because I’m thinking it, too).  Easier said than done, right?  I agree, but that’s where the mind shift takes over.  It’s just like starting a new exercise routine.  When we start a new routine, we have to force ourselves to develop a new habit.  It might even feel unnatural at first.  Likewise, we have to retrain our brains to adapt to change. If we can adopt a growth mindset (meaning, see each change as an opportunity), we are much better positioned for success.  The blog, Coaching Positive Performance (http://www.coachingpositiveperformance.com) listed these 6 tips for developing a growth mindset:

  1. Stop justifying everything.
  2. Engage new people.
  3. Allow yourself to dream.
  4. Understand that you will never do your best.
  5. Focus on the experience rather than the end result.
  6. Try one new thing everyday.

So, perhaps the change we should embrace is our mindset – allowing ourselves to pursue a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. How do you respond to change?

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