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As we muddle our way through Corona, we seem to have forgotten how life was before. See, life was always unpredictable, and our daily lives were anything but normal and smooth.

So, why is our life so intolerable now? The thing is, Change and Uncertainty, the two major upheavals in anyone’s life, have come at the same exact time. And, that’s the problem.

But, all problems come with a range of solutions. We might not like those options, and don’t want to settle with the best case scenario possible, but there’s always a solution. And times like these need skills and not necessarily solutions.

 

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An essential life skill called adaptability is what we can use to navigate change and uncertainty. It’s our determination to build a broad database of knowledge and backup plans. Adaptability is our planning that helps us visualize all possible scenarios and outcomes. It’s our understanding that we can use other people’s experience as a foundation for our knowledge.

Adaptability is a mindset because we can choose to tell ourselves that it’s okay to:

  1. Get started without knowing everything
  2. Not practice for all possible scenarios
  3. Not know what’s next
  4. Slow down
  5. Change course
  6. Seek help
  7. Say no
  8. Redefine success
  9. Change our mind

 

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In the end, here’s what we know certainly about life’s uncertainty. We can never be certain about our future. We won’t have the full information now to plan effectively for what’s to come. Often we don’t have enough time to know everything for certain before we can act on our situation. There can be a number of likely outcomes we can predict, but won’t know the final one until after the fact.

Today, life might seem intolerable. But, hang in there friend. In the end, when we make it through alive, we will have each other. We can’t change our reality, but we can change our reaction to it. Taking our circumstances in stride and developing a winning mindset is in our hands. We can adapt and navigate so our reality becomes less painful.

And here’s the ultimate truth. We can be as old as the mountains and still be tense, urgent and uncertain about the future.

 

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About The Article Author:

Our mission with FutureSTRONG Academy – to grow children who respect themselves, their time and their capabilities in a world where distractions are just a click or a swipe away.

I see myself as an advocate for bringing social, emotional and character development to families, schools and communities. I never want to let this idea out of my sight – Our children are not just GPAs. I’m a Writer and a Certified Master Coach in NLP and CBT. Until 2017, I was also a Big Data Scientist. In December of 2044, I hope to win the Nobel. Namasté

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Rachana Nadella-Somayajula,
Program Director & Essential Life Skills Coach for Kids and Busy Parents

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