It seems that we hold on tighter when we know it’s time to change.
The “threat” of the new, regardless of how promising or valuable it may prove to be at some future date, initiates a fist-clenching, jaw-tightening determination to keep things just as they are right now.
The closer the change, the stronger the grip.
Does your life depend on it? Then, yes, by all means, hold on. Otherwise, those white knuckles are telling you that it’s time to let go.
DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.