To have a shot at retaining employees, you have to first accept they will leave.
To have a shot at making the sale, you have to accept that the customer may have no real need for your product.
To have a shot at exercising regularly, you have to first accept that it won’t happen unless you intentionally find place and energy for it in your schedule.
To have a shot at maintaining deep relationships, you have to be willing to let those you love go.
To have a shot at success in your project, you have to be willing to accept that it might not work.
To have a shot at becoming a better person, you have to first accept that your natural instincts will likely not lead there.
It feels easier to hold onto ideas that pre-suppose success and change – as if they were so easy. The keyword in that sentence is to “hold on.” Holding on always feels easier. Letting go is hard. But, to be able to lead change, we need to be able to accept change ourselves.
Again, the counter intuitive shows us the way – the first step in being able to change is accepting things as they really are and not as we want them to be.