Acceptance vs Agreeing

by | Jun 20, 2022 | Change, Ideas |


Acceptance of something is different from agreeing with it. Too often we confuse the two. Acceptance is critical to life and change. Agreeing is not. For things to change, we need to see how things are.

Denying what is, does not help things change. It’s simply sticking our heads in the sand. And often it results in frustration all around. Acceptance doesn’t mean we have to agree with it. It simply asks us to acknowledge the situation as it is. It requires us to ‘see’ the other. We can accept without ever agreeing.

But here’s the thing, we can not change a situation or organisation without first accepting it, acknowledging it, and ‘seeing’ it. And here’s the second thing about change, it rarely is one directional. It tends to be multidirectional, changing the change maker as well.

What do you need to accept this week?

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