Being Adaptable Isn't the Same As Being Positive
Being adaptive doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be positive.
I worked with a manager that struggled trying to be positive about a situation that was painful to others around her. She thought that being ‘strong and adaptable’ meant putting on a happy face and looking for the bright side.
Growing resilience in the face of adversity isn’t about being positive. It helps when we can keep our negativity at bay, but being positive is often inauthentic. When people are being adaptable, what looks like positivity is actually possibility… they are striving towards a possible direction.
Direction is a key ingredient to foster an adaptive mindset. You don’t have to be 100% certain of the direction you are headed, but it’s difficult to adapt without a sense of what’s possible.