Want To Avoid Failure? Ditch Rigidity And Develop Flexibility

By Serenity Gibbons

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Learning to develop flexibility isn’t just about bending the rules as circumstances change. Being flexible can also include changing the way you run your business day-to-day when something isn’t working. Flexibility is having the awareness that life is ever changing, and adaptation is necessary. Failure comes quickly to those who insist on maintaining their position out of resistance or defiance of change.

The key to success is being aware of your rigidity and flexibility, and being willing to change where necessary.

Being too rigid causes you to make emotional decisions and throw the baby out with the bathwater. Being too flexible makes you a doormat. Finding balance is how success is achieved.

Being Able to Develop Flexibility in your decision-making is vital

Whether you’re running your own business or working under a corporate structure, the ability to exercise flexibility in unexpected situations is vital. Especially when you’re feeling sideswiped by sudden changes.

A great example of this is the current nationwide rollout of the ISP model by FedEx. They’ve extended their Independent Service Provider (ISP) regulations to apply to all delivery routes by 2020. This move was completely unexpected and shakes things up for contractors: “The transition to the ISP Agreement will result in changes to the way contractual agreements are reached, the definition of service areas, and the structure of the relationship between FedEx Ground and businesses.”

Contractors will soon need to change the way they’ve been working with their corporate parent. Not everyone will like this new change; being a contractor is already challenging.

In addition to requiring flexibility to face these changes, the owners of routes that don’t meet the new minimum stop requirements are faced with a tough decision: either sell their route, combine routes with another contractor, or acquire additional routes to meet the minimums.

Some contractors who don’t meet the new minimums might automatically sell their routes and struggle to start another business from scratch. However, those who are flexible are more likely to find a solution to keep their business and adapt to the changes.

Making rigid decisions cuts you off from your future

We live in an uncertain world with unexpected changes around every corner. You wouldn’t stand still if a tree started to fall toward you – you’d run to get out of harm’s way. You might get nicked by the tree as you run, but you’d recognize running as the best option and it would be worth the effort. That’s a flexible decision.

Perhaps a rigid person standing under a falling tree has a legitimate reason for staying put, but it won’t save them from being crushed. A rigid person will see their inflexible decision as “holding their ground,” despite impending danger.

Being flexible in your decision-making means being willing to make a decision that won’t cut off your future options, even if you don’t like that decision. A person who insists on standing under a falling tree is cutting off their future.

Flexibility is about following the path of least resistance

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