Acceptance of change and the circumstances we find ourselves facing shouldn’t be confused with resignation. Rather, it is the springboard from which to vault ourselves into the experience of thriving on change. If we do not clear the hurdle of acceptance we will find it difficult to move forward. This is no easy thing. It will require courage.
Courage is the ability to take action in the presence of fear and uncertainty. It is a strange thing to act out of courage because it it seems the only way to overcome our fear is to do or face the thing we fear. Acceptance requires courage to face our poor decisions, the uncertainty of the future, and the myriad number of things that happen “to” us in life and business.
In our personal lives, we must get on the plane and fly until we are no longer afraid. We must look over the edge of the precipice until we find pleasure in the view. We must release our children to dangers and responsibilities of adulthood until we revel in their maturity. We must choose to forgive, accepting the reality of the pain inflicted on us by another, or be tethered to the past by it.
In our business and professional lives, courage calls us to look in the mirror when our performance is questioned. It calls us to challenge antiquated processes, delivery models, and policies that put us at a competitive disadvantage. Acceptance calls us to acknowledge we are in a professional role that creates personal misery while courage calls us to walk away from it.
In the absence of courage, failing to accept the brutal facts, we limit our joy and our achievements. We become dogs chained to a tree in the absence of courage. We can only run to the end of our ropes and bark. We are alternately timid and resigned or barking madly, straining at the ropes that makes our world so small. We become bitter and find ourselves filled with regret.
Acceptance requires us to face the brutal facts. Courage empowers us to sort them out and develop new strategies and tactics for thriving on change. Finding the courage to accept and begin thriving on the change my be difficult, but it is a task we must undertake. We can find it in the experience of others who have faced their fears. We can find it in the encouragement of friends and family if we are courageous enough to ask for it. We can find it in a walk of faith that leads us to strength and boldness we had previously thought impossible. Too choose anything less is resignation that our life and business is “good enough.”
Keep the Faith.