“It is what it is” continues to be a popular saying, gracing notebooks, memes, plaques, and more. I’ve said it myself hundreds of times.

But Paul, one of the participants in a session I was facilitating, changed how I feel about the catchphrase. He shared that it is one of his least favorite sayings, preferring instead to say: “It is what you make it.” Rather than passively accepting a bad situation, you have the choice in your reaction and response.

I think Paul is right. See if you can change your intention — and ideally, also your language — to reflect greater ownership and action going forward.

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