What does it mean to be adaptable? It means being able to shift to changes in your environment. We all go through many changes in life, and although some can be stressful, adaptability can be a powerful skill to develop. Becoming more adaptable allows you to accept the things that happen to you rather than causing you to shut down. You become better able to face challenges head-on, growing stronger and more resilient as a result.
As a student, you are always learning and exploring. While this is useful, it is also important to continue to expand your knowledge—and adaptability—in areas that extend beyond the school environment. Here, we share three ways to do just that:
1. Get out of your comfort zone.
What you see isn’t always what you get. Just because you’ve been taught something a certain way doesn’t mean it’s the only way. Getting out of your comfort zone can help diversify your experience and insight. It allows you to be more open-minded to new things, new people, and new places.
This doesn’t have to mean taking big steps either. Instead of studying inside your room, change it up by going out to study in a park. Another way to get out of your comfort zone is by having open discussions with other students. This can be a little intimidating at first, but once you do it, you will see how much fun you can have and how much you can learn from others.
UMA Facebook study groups are just one way to connect with peers and learn from their insights and experiences. If one of these study groups are available for a UMA course, you will receive an invite to join at the start.
2. Change your perspective to a more positive one.
Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Looking at a situation with an uplifted attitude can allow you to adapt quickly to unexpected events. It also turns the potentially negative event into a more positive experience.
When a difficult situation comes up in your life, don’t allow yourself to develop a victim mindset. Instead, look for ways to grow from the incident. Think about what you can learn that can help you in the future.
If you didn’t do well on your coursework, for instance, or even in an entire course, don’t shut down and berate yourself. Instead, think about the changes you can make that will allow you the best route for success in your future courses.
If this feels like a challenge to you, or you’re not sure the changes you can make, speak with your Learner Services Advisor. UMA provides guidance toward support resources that may help you achieve your goals.
3. Change your fixed mindset to a growth mindset.
What is the difference between the two? A person with a fixed mindset believes that there is no way of improving or learning something new. Conversely, someone with a growth mindset believes that every skill can be learned with time and effort.
Having a growth mindset will help you change the way you think, as well as the way you learn, explore, and achieve. It enables you to achieve higher levels of mastery in whatever it is you are trying to pursue.
Altering your perspective requires that you develop a greater level of self-acceptance rather than requiring approval from others. It also helps to start viewing your mistakes as lessons to be learned and ways you can grow. Try thinking of mistakes as steppingstones for future success!
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