Acceptance and Change are related. For positive changes to occur, first acceptance is of the current situation, or reality is required. If you don’t accept the current situation, if you’re “in denial” there will be no efforts made to change. There will be no vision of something requiring change, so no change can occur.
Trying to force change without acceptance causes clinging to the very thing you’re trying to change. Fighting something is much harder than having it willingly walk out the door. If you do manage to fight, and win, the issue is left unresolved, actually planting a seed/time bomb somewhere in the mind through a mental rift.
I know a lady who’s very sure of what and who she is. Any form of arguing with her, strengthens her clinging to her identity. Yet, the second she’s accepted for who she is, she ever slowly starts to let go of the definitions, and bit by bit opens up, slowly changing and expanding.
Accept, Change and you’ll begin to Appreciate. Fight, and go the other way.