8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change

8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change

via Next Big Idea Club by April Rinne

April Rinne had her first experience of massive change when she lost her parents in a car crash while she was in college. The experience left her wondering: “What do I do when I don’t know what to do?” April went on to become a world traveler, a yoga teacher, a Fulbright Scholar, a Harvard Law graduate, and an advisor to corporations and non-profit organizations. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and ranked one of the “50 Leading Female Futurists” in the world by Forbes.

Below, April shares 5 key insights from her new book, Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant ChangeListen to the audio version—read by April herself—in the Next Big Idea App.

1. Change is universal, but how we deal with it is not.

On the one hand, change has been part of the human experience since the beginning of time. Indeed, the only reason we’re here is because of it! But on the other hand, our understanding of change, and how we’ve been taught to deal with it (or ignore it), has varied widely and evolved over time. It’s been driven by cultural norms, expectations, and available technologies, among other things.

Think about what you were taught about change growing up. Were you taught to embrace it, or to fear it? Were you taught that uncertainty means danger, or is it an adventure for your curiosity? How do these things manifest in your life, work, and relationships today?

In the 25+ years that I’ve spent researching and observing change, I’ve found that every single person, organization, and culture on Earth struggles with change. We’ve all developed different ways of thinking about and relating to change, so we can learn from one another. That’s a great thing, because the future means more change, not less. It also means a faster pace of change, more changes to deal with on a daily basis. All of this means we have an amazing opportunity—and a kind of responsibility—to level-up our relationships to change, and to thrive in new ways.

“No one has ever been able to control the future, but you can control whether and how you contribute to a future you’d like to see.”

2. Choose change.

The single most significant determinant of our relationship to change is whether we believe we can opt into it. Humans tend to love changes that we choose—a new relationship, a new job, a new adventure, even a new song to listen to or a new food to taste. But we tend to struggle with change that we don’t control: The kind of change that blindsides you on a Tuesday afternoon, goes against your expectations, or disrupts your plans. We fear these changes, we resist them, and we mistakenly believe we can control them.

Reshaping our relationship to change means reassessing our relationship to control. Because the fact is, no one has ever been able to control the future, but you can control whether and how you contribute to a future you’d like to see. So part of your quest becomes: How can you learn to harness even unwelcome change and turn it into something better than what came before?

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