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The Power of “Acceptance” to Drive Positive, Proactive Movement to Address Workplace Change

It’s been 13 years since the world change on this date.

Most everyone old enough to experience the 9/11 tragedy remembers exactly where they were when they heard the news.

That day caused us to improvise and change the way we function in western culture in many ways, some more significantly than others. Initially the impact on our day-to-day lives.

Since then we settled back in to a more consistent way of life, got a little complacent and 2013’s Boston Marathon bombing reminded us it’s still vital we keep vigilant in fighting for our culture.

The way we do that is understanding the three ways to address the need for change in our lives, and in my work, in the workplace, around these 3 approaches:

  1. Ignorance
  2. Resistance
  3. Acceptance

It should be self-evident that “acceptance” is the only healthy and effective choice. Just in case let me explain why I believe that to be the truth.

Just like our response to 9/11, the only healthy response to accept that the world changed that day and how we live our lives will never be the same.

Acceptance allows us to develop strategies and adjust to the “new normal” (a phrase, I detest, by the way).

One of the most powerful books I’ve ever read, when I was just 26 years old, was “The Road Less Traveled” by Dr. Scott M. Peck.

The book’s first lines are epic and set a certain expectation for life.

It speaks to the power of “acceptance.”

The first line in “The Road Less Traveled” is:

“Life is difficult.”

Dr. Peck goes on to explain that once this fact of life is “accepted,” life no longer is difficult because we are no longer ignorant of the fact and we are no longer resistant to the reality.

Likewise, a rapid, constant changing and evolving workplace is reality in the 21st century, accepting that reality is the only healthy option, just like accepting the concept that “life is difficult.”

Acceptance allows us to create strategies for moving forward proactively to thrive in the reality we are facing in any situation.

Remember, as much as we try to influence and control the experiences of our lives, businesses and relationships with others, there is only so much we can do.

Acceptance allows us to move forward with less stress, more focus and greater energy because it allows us to see what’s in front of us.

One caveat: There is one very important situation where “acceptance” is not acceptable. More on that next time.

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