When life changes direction, are you able to change with it?
Are you flexible and open to new experiences?
Are you able to break free from old patterns and habits?
Or do you struggle to adapt to anything new and different?
Flexibility and Change
In this interview on CBC-TV, Chris Hyndman and I examine the psychology of change.
Including how individual differences such as Type A vs. Type B and Optimist vs. Pessimist, impact how we respond to change.
We also share 5 ways to embrace change. Including staying open and receptive to new beginnings and unexpected opportunities.
Flexibility and Resilience
At the beginning of my TEDx: Dr. Andrea Dinardo: Thriving Under Pressure | TED Talk I describe how the flexibility of palm trees helps them adapt and ultimately be strengthened by hurricanes.
Resilience TEDx Talk
Flexibility and Openness
10 Ways to Become More Flexible and Open to Change
- Wake up one hour earlier to enjoy some unexpected quiet time.
- Exercise at night instead of in the morning.
- Swap your favourite hobby for something brand new.
- Sit in a different spot in the classroom than you’re used to.
- Drive a different, more scenic way home tonight.
- Meet three new people in your community this week.
- Try gluten-free or vegan to support a dear friend.
- Trade television for library books for one month straight.
- Go to sleep on the opposite side of the bed.
- Spend the weekend silent and completely word free.
Great reminder to be flexible! Life is more pleasant that way.
So true Jenny Marie!
Flexibility feels goooooood.
Stretching my toes as I type this.. 🙂
Little movements in the right direction always helps.
Yes it does! 💕
This reminds me of how enslaved and addicted we’ve become to things that were meant to serve us e.g cell phones, television etc… Caution must be applied before we get ruined by these bitter sweet agents…
I like how you write “bitter sweet agents” of technology. Because if we’re aren’t careful, they’ll be taking over every aspect of our lives. One more reason to take a break from tech and check ourselves back into this sweet authentic life. 🙂
I love the analogy of the trees bending Andrea. So very true, it’s so very important to be able to adapt.
Thanks Miriam! Nature always shows us the way.🌴💚
Hope you have a day filled with new experiences.
Thank you Dr. Andrea!!! Likewise!
Agree with this. Life has been teaching me this daily.
Me too! Feeling stuck in life is equally about our own unwillingness to flex and move as it is about what’s happening outside us. Flexibility by word alone opens us up to the possibilities that live beyond our own state of mind and circumstance. As they say, this is where the magic happens..
Yes magic happens when we get flexible and out of our stiff comfort zone.
If we stay stiff and storms come than there is a strong chance we break….
I loved this post of yours. So great and worth being reminded of.
Great reminder to go with the flow.
Going with the flow is my favourite place to be. 🐳
I’m going to make this my mission for tomorrow. I’m going to change at least one thing! Great post and video! 😄
Good for you Arbie! Trying one thing different almost always leads us down a better path. From automatic, unconscious thinking (or lack there of) to wide open hearts and exciting new experiences.
Flexibility is the one of the main strategies in #Guerrilla warfare.
Another classic Andrea !
Good example of flexibility in action Suyog. Also the centrepiece of guerrilla marketing. An approach I use everyday in the classroom. It keeps my students guessing and the professor on her toes!
One more thing …
You have very adorable voice.
Thanks so much! I definitely have a unique voice. People might forget what I look like but they always recognize me by my voice. No matter how many years it’s been. No matter how many aisles away they are in Walmart. My voice always gives me away. 😎
I regret for not meeting you in person ! Let me know if you have any plans for India !
Will do! 🇮🇳 🇨🇦
I love the idea that my roots have been strengthened by the wind. 😊
Me too Brigid! I love how nature empowers us to think a different way. Growth vs fixed mindset. Helping us to than see “the wind” in our lives as strength-building rather than as a destructive force. A path to lift off & growth!💨✈️
Flexibility makes our life easier.
Thanks for your continued support for my blog posts. Bending but not breaking is truly one of the ‘secrets of success’ in life. I always enjoy my visits here!
Thanks Tony! Grateful to learn from & encourage each other. #community 🙌🏻
Beautiful and positive post !!
Thanks Prerna! 😊
Always welcome 😀
Just discovered your website. Your ideas for building flexibility are great. I love the willow tree analogy. It’s so easy to get stuck and cling to our routines, especially when we are in the midst of grief or trauma. What would you say is the difference between flexibility and adaptability?
In a general sense, I see flexibility & adaptability as interchangeable. Both traits create an openness to experience, and thus help individuals to embrace unexpected change more readily. What about you Evelyn? How do you characterize and/or differentiate between the two.
I agree with you, Dr. Dinardo, but I just wondered if you saw a difference. I think adaptability is often used situationally, a kind of “go-with-the-flow” mentality, such as a person who can easily deal with a change in environment or plans. Flexibility may be more linked to trying new things or being willing to compromise. I work as a private education consultant. Parents often appreciate my flexibility in scheduling their children’s appointments. On the whole, though, I find this is a muscle I must continue to stretch. Glad to meet you.
I liked that take on flexibility. I love finding those small things that you can do in a new way – and then the world shines in a different color. Never connected that to flexibility though.
“And then the world shines in a different color”.
So beautifully said Marina. 🌺
Thank you! It is kind of translation from a phrase in Russian, so I don’t claim that originality to myself. 🙂
Funny, but I used “Do the opposite of what you normally do” quite literally with a partner in the past. She was I guess what you’d call geographically challenged, so whenever she needed to know where to go – left or right, north or south, etc. – I’d say do the opposite of what first comes to mind…and it worked! Well, most of the time. Okay, some of the time. But some of the time is better than none of the time!
Amen! Some of the time is definitely better than none of the time! And I can relate because I’m geographically challenged too…. 😳
I know that I don’t like change and I need to work on that.
We all struggle with change Michele. Myself included! 😎
Which is why you may find my CBC-TV Interview on how to embrace change insightful.
Hope the information helps!
I watched the youtube and it was great! I agree, for me it’s the fear sometimes of the unknown. I try to just embrace it like you said. Go with the flow. Being kind to people is something I love to do too with complete strangers. A simple simile can make someone’s day. Thank you again–wonderful information 🙂