This is a tough quote to digest. As human beings we like stability. We like knowing exactly what the weather is going to be, what type of questions we will be asked on the test or during the interview, and that my baby will be born on exactly April 3rd?!?!? When we know what to expect, we can set ourselves up for success. The problem is that life doesn’t operate on this “comfortable” schedule. As much as we try at times to not rock the boat, the hurricane can sweep through at any point. The company you have worked at for 20 years goes under, an illness happens, your car won’t start and you are supposed to lead a staff meeting in 20 min. (this happened to a “friend” of mine)
All of this isn’t new information to anyone, but it reminds us to not put our stock in outcomes but rather in our daily habits and mindset. Sports has taught me this over and over again. Sports build grit, relationships, unity, and the ability to respond positively under adversity. When life happens, leaning on these daily habits allows us to win the moments. When we see change as something that is inevitable, our mindset shifts from, “Why does this always happen to me?” to “What is it that I need to do to get the best outcome?”
If this blog wasn’t all over the place already, let’s talk about animals. Animals bodies and behaviors are specifically suited for their needs or environment. We all know this as adaptation. ***Fun fact alert*** The Texas Horned Lizard shoots blood out of its eyes when it feels threatened to ward off predators. Now I’m not saying you should try and shoot blood out of your eyes when life gets uncomfortable, but the idea of behavioral adaptation is key. When we expect change and we focus on our behavioral responses to adversity, we can experience a positive outcome.
If this is all gibberish to you, at least you can say you learned an animal fact today! Let’s embrace the change Y’all!