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Be Personally Adaptive

Jun 5, 2020 6:30:00 AM

We must become proficient at change. 

As Cy Wakeman teaches:

1. Change is only hard for the unready.

Readiness is being prepared and willing; so, if we are prepared for what the future might hold and willing to take action, then adapting to new circumstances will not be as difficult as we often make it out to be.

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And 2. It’s not the change itself that is painful, it’s our resistance to it.

It’s how we fight it, procrastinate, hold onto how we've been doing things, that's what hurts. It is when we get attached - to processes, things, people - that it is harder to accept change.

But the world around us is always changing so if we resist adapting then are we really ready?


When change presents itself, we must not fight the reality. Instead of resisting, we must welcome the change. We must joyfully get on board and adapt!

There is a great quote on this by Atomic Habits author James Clear:

The idea that "change is hard" is one of the biggest myths about human behavior. The truth is, you change effortlessly, and all the time. The primary job of the brain is to adjust your behavior based on the environment. Design a better environment. Change will happen naturally.

What's The Risk?

Every step forward, every act of progress comes with risk. The changes we face can give us us pause and contribute to our resistance. But If we’ve prepared and are willing, operating from a place of readiness, we’ll be able to adapt those risks and change will never feel so easy.

Topics: Executive
Tim Leman

Written by Tim Leman

Tim is Chairman and CEO at Gibson. He joined Gibson in 2005 as the Director of the Employee Benefits Practice and became a principal in 2007. He was named President in 2009, CEO in 2011, and elected Chairman of the Board in 2014.

With Tim’s leadership, Gibson has been selected as a Best Places to Work in Indiana, named to Principal’s 10 Best list for employee financial security, maintained its status as a Reagan & Associates Best Practices Agency, recognized as one of 20 Indiana Companies To Watch, and named to the Inc. 5000 list. Read Tim's Full Bio