You already know how to adapt…

The other day, this was forwarded to me by five people in five different groups I belong to. Please take a moment to read it.

7H15  M3554G3  53RV35  7O  PR0V3
H0W  0UR  M1ND5  C4N  D0  4M4Z1NG  7H1NG5
1MPR3551V3  7H1NG5!

1N  7H3  B3G1NN1NG  17  WA5  H4RD  BU7
N0W,   0N   7H15   LIN3   Y0UR  M1ND  1S
R34D1NG   17   4U70M471C4LLY   W17H0U7
3V3N   7H1NK1NG   4B0U7  17,


0NLY   C3R741N  P30PL3  C4N   R3AD  7H15!

Can  you  raed  this?  Olny  55  people  out  of   100  can.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

There is a good chance that by the end of the message you were pretty comfortable reading it although spelling for every other word was messed up.

My friend Girish Bangalore suggested a video about how the brain adapts to help one learn to ride a bike with a twist. Check this out below:

Think about it.

It took a few minutes to adapt to a new kind of spellings and to become comfortable.

If you reflect back, you can count hundreds of instances where you adapted to new conditions – sometimes easily, sometimes joyfully even though it was a struggle.

From being unable to move to crawling to walking to running.

From not knowing how to make a phone call to being comfortable using today’s smartphones.

From not knowing how to ride a bicycle to driving your car on a freeway at high speeds.

From not knowing how to text something to texting while driving ( if you are doing that, please stop).

I can go on and on.

There seems to be one thing in common – you WANTED to adapt to the new way. Once that condition was met, you forget whether the change was hard or not – you just did whatever you needed to do to get to the next level.

When you didn’t WANT something badly, it’s a completely different story!!

Change is not hard.

Change is not easy either.

How badly you want that change hugely influences your perspective on whether that change is easy or hard. Sometimes, when you badly want something, you don’t even notice the struggle you are going through to change yourself and adapt to the new conditions.