適應力是面對改變的工具──ADAPTABILITY, A TOOL FOR FACING CHANGES

對於每個在職場工作的人來說,改變不是新鮮事。不管我們喜不喜歡,改變都是我們所熟悉的經驗,而且它一直都在發生著。

一些商業和專業人士,甚至是高層領導與高管都堅信:「我討厭任何改變!」好像改變本身有能力決定誰喜歡或不喜歡它,然後會客氣地問人們是否允許它發生。

在巴西最受尊敬的廣播電台之一,使用了一個很恰當的口號,迫使我們思考:「只要20分鐘,一切都會改變。」但是更多情況下,改變(甚至是非常劇烈的改變)可能在不到20分鐘的時間內突然發生。

誰能忘記大約18個月前的第一波Covid-19新冠病毒震撼了整個世界呢?不到一個月後,我們的私人和職業生活被顛覆了。沒有人詢問我們同不同意,但那些因為疫情高漲而必須帶來的社會管制措施就改變了。

無論是巨大的改變或是小小的不便,當變化發生時,我們該如何應對?哈佛大學教授丹尼爾.高曼(Daniel Goleman)認為,在面對我們的個人或職業生活改變時,正確的情感反應被稱為「適應力」。這位著名的研究學者說,這是最重要的「情商」能力之一。

高曼說,適應力是指適應改變、新情況或不可預見事件的能力。儘管改變是無法預測的,但它們是現實生活中的常規,尤其是在商業和專業領域。但是,比起簡單地進行調整,更重要的是我們要學會克服改變帶來的不利影響。然後,透過積極應對此改變的作為,我們可能會發現新的機會。

我發現當事情似乎失去控制時,明智的做法是專注在能控制一切的那位上面。正如上帝在耶利米書29章11節中所宣稱的那樣:「耶和華說:我知道我向你們所懷的意念是賜平安的意念,不是降災禍的意念,要叫你們末後有指望。」我們在箴言3章5-6節中也找到類似的確據:「你要專心仰賴耶和華,不可倚靠自己的聰明,在你一切所行的事上都要認定他,他必指引你的路。」

在聖經中,我們發現使徒保羅的典範,他的職業和個人生活景況一直在改變。如果他走到會堂,就被趕出去如果他上了船,船可能就沉沒了;如果他聚集了眾人做見證說自己的生活發生了怎樣的改變,他就被捕;有一次,他好不容易在船難中倖存了下來,竟還被蛇咬傷了。

保羅可以成為苦毒怨恨、成天抱怨的人,感覺自己像個魯蛇或是個失敗者。但是,他做了不尋常的表態,讓我們為處理改變的方式感到羞愧,他說:「我並不是因缺乏說這話;我無論在甚麼景況都可以知足,這是我已經學會了。 我知道怎樣處卑賤,也知道怎樣處豐富;或飽足,或飢餓;或有餘,或缺乏,隨事隨在,我都得了祕訣。 我靠著那加給我力量的,凡事都能做。」(腓立比書4章11-13節)。

這個勝過改變的態度教會了我三件事:
1.我必須學習適應任何的景況。
2.我不能讓任何改變偷走我的滿足。
3.我必須靠著相信一個永遠不變的耶穌基督,站立和生活。

©版權所有 為賽爾吉澳․佛提斯。他是一位策略管理顧問,專長是企業領導。他也是巴西聖保羅市CBMC的會員,他協助複審週一嗎哪和將其翻譯成葡萄牙文已經有20多年的時間。

反省與問題討論

  1. 你對改變的典型反應是什麼,尤其是那些完全出乎意料之外、不是你能選擇的改變?
  2. Covid-19新冠疫情和它造成許多管制措施的改變,是如何地影響了你、你的工作和日常生活呢?你如何應對這些改變?
  3. 在充滿不確定性和焦慮的時候,你會轉向誰?你是否和使徒保羅一樣,在周遭的世界似乎天翻地覆的狀態時,也能找到滿足與平安?請解釋你的答案。
  4. 聖經提供了來自上帝的許多應許,告訴我們即使在環境艱難,甚至看似不可能的情況下也要信靠祂。你知道有哪些經文(如果有的話)讓你特別安心嗎?

備註:如果你有聖經,想閱讀更多相關的經文,請考慮:
以賽亞書26章3節
26:3 堅心倚賴你的,你必保守他十分平安,因為他倚靠你。
以賽亞書40章31節
40:31 但那等候耶和華的必從新得力。他們必如鷹展翅上騰;他們奔跑卻不困倦,行走卻不疲乏。
以賽亞書41章10節
41:10 你不要害怕,因為我與你同在;不要驚惶,因為我是你的 神。我必堅固你,我必幫助你;我必用我公義的右手扶持你。
詩篇37篇4-5節
37:4 又要以耶和華為樂,他就將你心裏所求的賜給你。
37:5 當將你的事交託耶和華,並倚靠他,他就必成全。
詩篇40篇1-3節
40:1 我曾耐性等候耶和華;他垂聽我的呼求。
40:2 他從禍坑裏,從淤泥中,把我拉上來,使我的腳立在磐石上,使我腳步穩當。
40:3 他使我口唱新歌,就是讚美我們 神的話。許多人必看見而懼怕,並要倚靠耶和華。
馬太福音28章20節
28:20 凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守,我就常與你們同在,直到世界的末了。」
希伯來書13章5節
13:5 你們存心不可貪愛錢財,要以自己所有的為足;因為主曾說:「我總不撇下你,也不丟棄你。」

ADAPTABILITY, A TOOL FOR FACING CHANGES

By Sergio Fortes

For each of us who labor on the marketplace, change is nothing new. Whether we like it or not, change is a familiar experience, one that happens all the time.

Some business and professional people, even high-level leaders and executives, declare with absolute conviction, “I hate any kind of change!”, as if change itself has the capability for determining who likes it or who does not, and then graciously asking for permission before settling in.

One of the most respected radio stations in my country of Brazil uses an appropriate slogan that forces us to think: “In 20 minutes, everything can change.” However, in many cases, changes – even very drastic ones – can suddenly occur in much less than 20 minutes.

Who can forget that approximately 18 months ago, the first cases of the Covid-19 virus shook the entire world? Less than a month later, our private and professional lives were turned upside down. No one asked for our approval before necessary social changes were enacted in response to the growing pandemic.

When change occurs, whether it is dramatic or a minor inconvenience, how are we to respond? The correct emotional reaction in dealing with changes in our personal or professional lives, according to Harvard professor Dr. Daniel Goleman, is called ADAPTABILITY. This is one of the most important emotional intelligence skills, the acclaimed researcher has stated.

Adaptability, Goleman said, is the ability to adjust to changes, new situations, or unforeseen events.  Although not predictable, these are routine realities of life, especially in the business and professional world. But more than simply adjusting, it is important that we learn to overcome the adverse impacts of change. Then, through a positive approach for dealing with changes we might not have foreseen or desired, we can discover new opportunities.

I have found that when things seem out of control, it is wise to focus on the One who is in control. As God declares in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We find similar assurance in Proverbs 3:5-6, which tells us to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

In the Scriptures we find the wonderful example of the apostle Paul, whose professional and personal life circumstances changed all the time. If he walked to a place of worship, he was thrown out. If he got onto a ship, it threatened to sink. If he gathered people and gave testimony to how his life had been changed, he was arrested. One time, when he managed to survive a shipwreck, he was bitten by a snake.

Paul could have become embittered, complaining all the time, feeling like a loser or a failure. However, he made an extraordinary statement that puts us to shame for the way we handle our changes: “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4.11-13). 

That victorious statement teaches me three things about change: 
1. I must learn to adapt to any circumstances.
2. I cannot allow any change to steal my contentment.
3. I must stand and live by faith on the one foundation that never changes: Jesus Christ.

Sergio Fortes is a mentor and consultant in logistics and corporate strategic business. As a member of CBMC in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, he has coordinated the translation of Monday Manna into Portuguese for more than 20 years. He is committed to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ – to make disciples.

Reflection/Discussion Questions

  1. What is your typical response to changes, especially ones that come totally unexpected and are not of your choosing?
  2. In what specific ways did the Covid-19 pandemic and the many changes that resulted from it affect you, your work and everyday life? How did you respond to those changes?
  3. In times of uncertainty and anxiety, where do you turn? Do you, like the apostle Paul, find you are able to find contentment and peace, even when the world around you seems to be turning upside-down? Explain your answer.
  4. The Bible offers many promises from God that tell us to trust Him even when circumstances are difficult, even seemingly impossible. What passages, if any, have you found that seem especially reassuring for you?

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages: Isaiah 26:3, 40:31, 41:10; Psalm 37:4-5, 40:1-3; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5


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