Flexibility overview The willingness to change plans or ideas without

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The next four lessons will explore what it takes to be flexible~at home, at work, and anywhere else. Learn from James Madison just how flexibility helped to develop the Bill of Rights and supported the development of the Constitution of the United States.

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Flexibility vs stubborness/resistance:

Flexibility vs stubborness /resistance The Willingness to Change Plans or Ideas Without Getting Upset adj. 1.a.  Capable of being bent or flexed; pliable. b.  Capable of being bent repeatedly without injury or damage. 2.  Susceptible to influence or persuasion; tractable. 3.  Responsive to change; adaptable:  a flexible schedule.

1 Peter 5:5-6:

1 Peter 5:5-6 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Built to Flex:

Built to Flex Engineers design skyscrapers with the ability to move slightly so that the structure does not crack in high winds. ~~~~~~ We can reduce stress & accomplish goals by practicing flexibility.

5 keys to being flexible…:

5 keys to being flexible… Anticipate Change:  Life happens ~ adjust. Adjust the Plan:  Mentally focus on the principles involved & apply them to new situations. Work with your options, not against them. Look for the Benefits:  Changes bring new openings. Keep goals in mind & benefits when they come.

Application, cont.:

Application, cont. Respect Authorities:  Work with your  leaders; know what they want to accomplish. Get It Done:  Don’t make excuses when plans change. Choose a willing attitude despite inconveniences. "Any change, even change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks  and discomforts."   --Arnold Bennett

Demonstrating flexiblity:

Demonstrating flexiblity lf you are in the working world, the applications might sound like this… Pursue worthwhile goals Adapt to situations Work with others Work through stress

How we will be looking at flexibility:

How we will be looking at flexibility Sense & Adapt to the Wishes of the One I Serve Colossians 3:22 Conserve Time & Energy to Complete Priorities 1 Thessalonians 4:11 Remain Free to Accept the Best Course of Action Proverbs 16:9 Change Plans to Respond to Unexpected Conditions Philippians 4:6-7

So, how do these blend?:

So, how do these blend? Pursue & Adapt … the goals come from being worth the effort… good question… is this thing actually worth the effort? Will it accomplish the final desired product? Deal with Stress!! Not an easy one to overcome ~ are you adding it? Or others? Find out the Lord’s heart ~ how much is self-imposed? Borrowed? Unnecessary? Be willing to “let go” & …. adapt.

A lesson from history… Madison:

A lesson from history… Madison Prepared himself for whatever might come… schooling Looked at circumstances from a variety of approaches… Virginia’s convention; the Senate discussion Played well with others….debated & listened, did not get heatedly involved in bull-headed argumentation

What is it about a flexibile person?:

What is it about a flexibile person? *Keep commitments & don’t use ‘flexibility’ as an excuse for procrastination… *Reach their objectives, often because they remain open to innovation & look for the benefits a change may suggest *Foster relationships & work for mutual success *Discover better solutions through positive approaches & keeping their eyes on the endpoint

“Study to show yourself approved” & stand for what is right!:

“Study to show yourself approved” & stand for what is right! Bend instead of breaking…Godly flexibility does NOT require compromising Godly principles!!! Remember, we are working towards the back of The Book... Let your eyes look up & do not weary in well-doing for we WILL get to the Promised Land!

Some last thoughts … :

Some last thoughts … I Will *not get upset when plans change *respect the decisions of my authorities *not be stubborn *look for the good in changes *not compromise what is right "Remain faithful to your principles as you weather the storm."

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