If you can’t change it, accept it. If you can’t accept it, change it.
Pretty sure I’ve mentioned this quote before, it’s one of my favs (colloquial term for favourites). It’s one that I actually implement daily. A good example may be competition preparation, I will control every variable I can and ensure I have the best preparation possible, change the things that I can. But until I’ve completely perfected my ancient Aztec sun dance, I will never have control over the weather, this is something not worth stressing about as I can’t possibly change it so I have to accept it.
This saying works beautifully within this dichotomy.
But sometimes, as in most of life, it’s not quite that clear cut. A lot of the time, the changeability ™ of something is actually effort dependent. So rather than a black and white scenario we now have a sliding scale of grey where the cut-off is dependent on your personal motivation.
If you truly believe something needs changing, and it can possibly be changed, how much time and effort are you willing to put in to make that change? Or, how little effort are you willing to exert before you can satisfy yourself that things can’t be changed so we’d better just accept it?
If you can be bothered, change it. If you can’t, accept self-defeat.
Not quite as elegant is it?