Saturday, June 11, 2011

Adapting To Change

While I can't speak for everyone, I would guess that just about every human being on the planet Earth is a creature of habit in one way or another.  There are dozens of things in our daily lives that we do without thinking.  It might range from brushing our teeth or to how we shoot a basketball.  

However, there are wide differences to different people in how they adapt to changes in their lives, especially when it affects their daily habits and routines.   There changes could be as simple as having to travel to another country or something more involved such as having a new baby in the family.   Some people are very adaptable and adjust to changes without missing a beat.  Some people are very slow and any changes throw them out of sync.  

In thinking about myself recently, I believe I am on the slow end of the scale when it comes to adapting to changes which affect my habits and routines.   While I am not 100% sure why I am like this, a part of the answer lies with why people stick to habits and routines. 

For some, habits and routines bring a sense of comfort and familiarity during stressful times.  With the uncertainty with the economy, jobs and other things in recent years, having something to fall back to is a great benefit to many. 

Alas, for the slow changers like me, getting your habits and routines disrupted can be disconcerting.   I've had that happen before and trying to get back to a normal routing sometimes can be a challenge.  This made me think that I need to open myself more to change and be more adaptable.  

How to do that?  That is the $64,000 question.  If anyone had any answers, let me know!  

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