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Adapting to Change – Friday Fundamentals

Life, as we know it lately, has been completely turned upside down for most of us, in at least some aspect. The way we travel, live, work, and even shop for groceries and other supplies has changed. If we stop and think about it though, the only thing that makes these changes seem like changes is the rate at which they’ve happened. Throughout our lives, things have changed drastically. 10 years ago, I didn’t have an iPhone much less was I requesting with my phone a stranger to track my location via GPS and come pick me up to take me to the airport – what we today call ridesharing. Our world has evolved and changed in many ways in the past just 10 or 20 years. The changes that technology, consumer behavior, and psychology have driven are astounding.

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher said, “Change is the only constant in life.”.

It’s how well we adapt to these changes that determine our success. In today’s information age, you are either learning and growing, or dying. I know which I want to pick. So what are you doing during these times of rapid change to keep up with an ever-changing world?

Let’s look at a few key things you can do to continue to change and grow

Mindset – the most impactful thing I think you can do is to start with your mindset. Jim Kwik has become a go-to resource for many people looking to understand how their own mind works. In his book, Limitless, Jim dispels the myths that many people have around their own mindsets. We all have limiting beliefs. Addressing your limiting beliefs can be like cutting the ball and chain that has been weighing you down. Just as powerful as our minds can be at reminding ourselves of our limiting beliefs, it too can be tricked into turning these limiting beliefs into empowering ones. Jim outlines 3 keys to reframing your own limiting beliefs.

  1. Name your limiting belief – this is the process of identifying your limiting belief and labeling it.
  2. Get to the facts – when thinking about your limiting belief, look to the facts that support the belief, Jim says. Chances are, you won’t find many facts. Instead, that limiting belief is just that – a belief, not a fact.
  3. Create a new belief – With your newly identified limiting belief dispelled due to the lack of facts supporting it, you can create a new belief. 

Constant improvement with daily habits. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and Atomic Habits by James Clear are two great books on the topic of habits. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got. If you want to change your life, change your habits. These words have been said in various ways by many great minds, and they ring true. If you want to become someone much different than you are now, then you can start now by forming just one little new habit. With an empowering mindset, you can build habits that shape your actions and in return will determine your future.  

“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.” – John Soforic, The Wealthy Gardener

Find Your Passion and Purpose – to change and adapt can be difficult if you don’t know what you should do. Life is short and finite. Do what brings you fulfillment. This concept of passion and purpose is one I’m still figuring out, so I’m no Dalai Lama here. I think that exploring what you are passionate about and finding your purpose to use that passion in your life and others’ is an area in your life where growth is important. For more information on this subject, check out Jim Kwik’s interview here with Jonathan Fields.

Bonus – Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is a method for time management. It was created in the 1980’s by surprisingly, not a guy named Pomodoro, but rather Francesco Cirillo. The concept of the Pomodoro Technique is to work in timed intervals, usually 25 minutes, taking short breaks in between each interval, called a Pomodoro. For example, you would first decide on a task, set a timer for 25 minutes, and work on that task uninterrupted until the timer rings. There are apps you can use, but I prefer to just simply set a timer on my phone (of course with all other functions silenced) and work for uninterrupted intervals until I accomplish the task at hand. I’ve had surprisingly good results this week by using this technique. Try it out and let me know how you like it. 

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