"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser

AdaptAbility: How to Survive Change You Didn’t Ask For (Broadway Books; On Sale: May 12, 2009; Hardcover; $18.99) by MJ Ryan

We all know how hard it is to make the changes we want to see in our lives, like losing weight or getting in shape.

But how do we deal with the changes that difficult times thrust upon us, like losing a job or living on less? How can we adapt when our industry suddenly becomes unrecognizable, when we’re unexpectedly forced to rethink a set career path or job?

AdaptAbility shows us how to get past our fear and resistance to change and, ultimately, re-train our brain to master new challenges.

Hailed by publications such as the New York Times, Women’s World, and the Wall Street Journal, M. J. Ryan is firmly positioned as a foremost expert on what it takes to create lasting change. As a consultant and executive coach with Professional Thinking Partners, renowned for their unique approach to helping people recognize, utilize, and develop intellectual assets, M. J. travels around the world advising individuals and large corporations (Frito Lay, Microsoft, Chevron, and the Department of Defense) alike on how to adapt during what is proving to be the greatest period of transformation human beings have ever experienced.

Combining the latest brain science, organizational/positive psychology, and spirituality, AdaptAbility offers the tools, techniques, attitudes, and behaviors required to adjust to changes in the workplace and in life.

M. J. realizes that our first reaction to unwanted change is usually negative. We tend to resist. We say: “I don’t want to.” “This isn’t fair.” “I don’t have the energy.” “I don’t have the time.” We feel fear and anger. In her book, she teaches the fundamentals needed to become a master of change.

These essentials will allow you to accept the need to adapt and become aware of your internal resources, including the innate thinking talents you bring to any situation, and learn how to get your brain on your side.

AdaptAbility is organized in compact chapters, each offering a quotation, a story from M. J.’s coaching practice, and a practical tool for becoming more flexible, more creative, and more agile in your thinking when provoked by change. We learn:

Our bodies’ physical and emotional reactions to change

Why self-care is crucial

How to live with uncertainty

How to identify new opportunities

How to align our thinking with our talents, values and purpose

We are all being called on to stretch mentally, emotionally, and spiritually into the future. AdaptAbility offers you both comfort and practical support as you take on this challenge, giving you the confidence to face whatever life sends your way. I highly recommend this book.

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