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Keys to Success: Flexibility

You'll find success as soon as you learn to be more flexible! Flexibility in all areas of life can help you achieve success and help you inspire others to find their own version of success, too. But what exactly does it mean and how can you get there?  

What Is Flexibility?
 
Of course you know what flexibility is. It's the opposite of rigid, the opposite of being set in your ways. When you're flexible, you're open. You'll easily be able to roll with the punches.
 
When a non-flexible person is thrown a curve ball, they'll fluster, complain, or even give up. But that doesn't have to describe you anymore!
 
Why Is Flexibility A Key To Success?
 
Flexibility is a key to success for several reasons. Perhaps most importantly, flexibility helps you overcome challenges. It can open up your world to opportunities that you never thought you'd experience. Flexibility can be the key to helping you enjoy the true spices of life.
 
It's important to remain flexible in the workplace. When you're flexible, your co-workers and boss will like you. Why? Because they know that they can count on you during times of uncertainty or change in the workplace. You'll also notice that this added flexibility gives your days a variety that helps you get out of bed in the morning.
 
Flexibility also helps your home life. When you're flexible, there will be less conflict and more understanding between family members. In turn, you'll enjoy easier and more fulfilling relationships with your family. Flexibility helps you re-organize your schedule when something unexpected happens without having to fret over the details. This could be as simple as coming up with a quick alternative dinner plan in case someone burns dinner.
 
How Can You Become More Flexible?
 
So now you know why it's important to be flexible, but how can you get there?
 
Try these strategies to enjoy more flexibility in your life:
 
1.    Work on self-awareness. Part of being adaptable is being aware of your immediate reactions. They may not be very appropriate, so you can consider keeping them to yourself. An example would be to complain because someone is bringing home a dinner guest at the last minute. This wasn't something you planned for! Remember the big picture and set a new place at dinner. Later you can remind your family to give notice next time.
 
2.    Step out of your comfort zone. In order to become more flexible, you'll need to get used to regularly stepping out of your comfort zone. It may help to start with small things because it won't be as much of a shock if you're a really routine person.
  • While it may take a bit of a personality change, stepping out of your comfort zone can prove to be exhilarating because you never know what you might learn.
3.    Speak up. Some people may be unaware that you're inherently flexible. Make yourself heard by those around you. Suggest alternatives to solve problems at home or work. When you do, people will remember that you helped out.
 
Take Small Steps
 
A great strategy is to take small steps to get to where you need to go. Everyone comes with a different skill set. You may be a flexible person that just needs to expand, or you may need to work on gaining flexibility as a whole.  You can't expect to be a different person overnight, but with small steps you'll be there soon!
 
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