Why the performer of the future needs flexibility

It is often described as part of a personality, but flexibility means more than being willed to fly to a different country for your company. It means more than speaking two languages fluently. And it even is more than adapting a new kind of business strategy that you learned in university.

Flexibility is rather a mindset than anything else

Nowadays, flexibility means thinking outside of all already pathed ways and outside of comfort zones. It means finding new ways to solve problems.

Flexibility is key

Why? Because flexibility allows you to blend it all together. Because it morphs old strategies and new ideas into one winning formula. There are no borders at all. Because of this, it isn’t something you can learn in school, college, university or in a company. It is something you need to learn from someone, who already implemented it in his life.

Look at the achievers

How do they reach their goals? What can I learn from them? And the most important question: How can I adapt this to myself and my lifestyle? Don’t get me wrong. Flexibility doesn’t mean that you adapt opinions of others. Instead flexibility means using a customized kind of strategy to get to your goal. A strategy that have never been there before. It even may be built outside of the borders, you experienced in the past.

Build your own success strategies!

At some point in your life, you will see that the way you do something doesn’t work. That doesn’t mean that you should give up on chasing this thing, but it means that it is time to change your strategy. Now, remember what most schools and universities try to teach us:

Fixed strategies within fixed borders –> fixed mindset –> no development and change

First, there is a fixed array of defined strategies for something. “Use one of these strategies to make things work” (and don’t try to work and think outside of this strategy.) No matter, how bad the reality is. “This strategy was invented to solve the problem.” But, what if the problem has changed? What if this strategy is only theoretical?

What is wrong with this kind of thinking?

To get the answer imagine the following:
Remember the time you learned to ride on a bike. You tried it and fell off. Did you try it the same way over and over again or did you adapt your behavior to stay on the bike and ride it?

Bingo, you get it! You were flexible, you changed how you ride the bike, until you have learned it. Now, transfer this to the example above. Often, authorities teach us that there are fixed strategies  (within fixed borders) we should focus on. These strategies, will give us the solution, they say. Because these strategies worked in the past. And here we have the problem. The past.

In the future is no room for the past.

This means your good old hard-learned strategies won’t work like they used to work once. You will fall behind if you are constantly trying to use old strategies for new problems and tasks.

But, this isn’t the only problem

Even worse, we were taught that we can’t think outside of a specific border. We all get raised to fit within some defined borders. Schools, universities, companies and even our own parents give us some advice, we should follow. But, if we don’t start to think outside we only will experience the world, the way they do. We don’t learn to create our own perspective. With staying inside of the borders of others, we don’t live our own life. Instead, we try to use the good old known strategies, we have learned, to solve problems we experience. But what if this way of acting and this kind of perspective isn’t relevant anymore and we need to adapt something different?

We fall behind because we try to solve new problems with old techniques and strategies

While chasing our personal success, we should use the best strategy possible instead of an old one. This means, thinking outside of fixed borders and getting creative while blending some old strategies with new ideas. Why do art and literature fascinate us? Because they don’t work within fixed borders! The artists and authors may take some inspiration from already know strategies, but the clever thing is there own flexible and creative twist. To achieve such a mindset, we need to become flexible.

It is not that difficult

You become flexible with opening your mind. With questioning, why things work like they work and why they can’t work in a different way. With doing things, you never did before. And with crafting the way you want to live.

Try things, you never did before. You never read a book about spirituality? Try it. You never used your left-hand for brushing your teeth? Try it. Challenge yourself outside of the comfort zone, at the border of your mental bandwidth and you will grow and become more flexible.

Flexibility, your key to a successful future

You force yourself to become more flexible by doing things in a different way you learned or saw it before. You get creative again. Creative in creating a new strategy, that suits you perfectly. You open your mind for new cultures, opinions, ideas and a new mindset. When you are able to become flexible in your mind, I promise you, that you are equipped for the future. Because this means that you can tackle upcoming problems and craft your personal successful life, with flexibility.

Now, I want you to take action. Challenge yourself and do things you never did. Read books you never would. Get creative. Broaden your horizon. Get flexible.

Write in the comments what you did different than before and how you felt.