Craft and ingenuity make a master in any field. Whether it is washing a pile of clothes or reading for an exam. Your ability to prevail in adverse situations will be made successful by this simple idea of improvise, adapt and win. The ability to improvise, adapt and win comes very critical when tough times visits our door steps, regardless of how tooled, well-stocked, provisioned or conditioned we are.
Good news is; we can improvise anything: situations, environments, a material among others.
I have experienced near academic and social life disaster but turned them all around into incredible victories only through the idea of improvise, adapt and win. I have also made some decisions in life (not bad enough to destroy my life) but have turned them all around as well using the same principle.
This incredible principle served me well while campaigning in campus a year ago. Here is how: I was at the intersecting oppression of class, CATS and campaigns – the urge of life. After classes, I sold my campaign literature to students until very late hours; and I’m burnt out and I want to sleep. To improvise, I pulled an all-nighter to sharpen my accounting and math skills to pass exams. Staying the whole night studying, which is only a temporary coping mechanism, solved so many things. It is not to kill me, it is to make me successful in my wretchedness.
If you have a bad environment, moving to a better one might cost you a great deal. Instead, you can improvise and adapt to your current environment. You can so act upon the environment in which you are now, as to cause yourself to be transferred to a better environment. Do not wait for a change of environment. Do not wait to go to Australia to become powerful and productive when you can achieve the same right here using this simple principle.
To survive a challenging situation, you will need to apply your four intelligences. I will refer to Stephen R. Covey’s work:
- Physical intelligence: Our body is a brilliant piece of machinery that outperforms even the most advanced computer. In a challenging situation, we can survive by leveraging our capacity to act on our thoughts and feelings and to make things happen.
Mental Intelligence: Awaken the ability to analyze, reason, think abstractly, use language, visualize and comprehend.
Emotional Intelligence: Self-knowledge, self-awareness, social sensitivity, empathy and ability to communicate successfully with others. It is a sense of timing and social appropriateness, and having the courage to acknowledge weakness and express and respect differences. Emotional competencies make up two-thirds or more of the ingredients of a standout performance.
Spiritual Intelligence: This represents our drive for meaning and connection with the infinite. It help us discern true principles that are part of our conscience. This is uniquely human and it is what we use to develop our longing and capacity for meaning, vision and value. It allows us to dream and to strive.
I might add a few instructive words from a wise man who said in the book of survival ‘To live through an impossible situation, you don’t need the reflexes of a Grand Prix drives, the muscles of a Hercules, the mind of an Einstein. You simply need to know what to do’. And that thing is to practice the power of the three words – improvise, adapt and win.
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