Adapting to Unforeseen Change

Words by: Cam Smith |Dec 9, 2020

What a year it’s been. We’ve experienced extraordinary change, extreme uncertainty, and been forced to adjust to a different world. 

Conditions are changing all around us, from canceled team sports to new Covid restrictions being announced on a routine basis. We have to adapt, but how we react and the outlook we choose dictates whether we thrive or dive.

For instance, in recent weeks, I have had a series of changes that have greatly affected my ability to support coaches and athletes. 

  • I was scheduled to go to Whitehorse for two weeks of freestyle ski coaching and a series of HeadStartPro workshops, but days before leaving the trip was canceled due to changing health protocols.
  • Another trip to take a coaching course and co-facilitate another coaching course… Can you guess what happened? Trip Cancelled.
  • More HeadStartPro coaching courses before Christmas. Yup. Canceled. 
  • And like many Canadians, I will not be traveling home to visit family for Christmas. 

My first reactions were of frustration towards my situation.

My mind racing to figure out how I might navigate these interruptions didn’t help. Luckily, the Self-Trigger Technique helped me calm down. At the end of the day, so much was out of my control, and why worry about the things that are out of your control?

It’s bittersweet, but really, it could be a lot worse. I am not the only one with these trials, many people are facing harder situations than I. Instead, I accepted the trip cancellations politely and started looking for other tasks I can complete to adapt and thrive.

How would you react to these changes?

When faced with uncertainty and obstacles, think ahead, and look for different paths to take you where you want to go. Much of your future success is up to choosing a path aligned with your goals. 

This is similar to the Anticipating Error tool we teach in HeadStartPro.

Think ahead to your next critical performance or tasks in the following week. What are some of the changes you could anticipate? Where might you make an error that causes wasted time, money, or worse, an injury? 

  1. The first step is to think ahead to anticipate where things could go wrong. 
  2. Then use visualization and performance planning to see how you can navigate any changes or errors.
  3. What is your back up plan? ~ Protect your blindspots

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season and can find gratitude for all you have achieved this past year. And thank you for your continued support of HeadStartPro. 


Cameron Smith

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein. 

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