If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.

Lao Tzu
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The statement, “If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it” is a very true saying. If you try to change something that is already in place, your efforts are doomed to fail. Instead, you should focus on holding on to the things that are already working.

For example, if you are trying to get into an Ivy League college or graduate school, then trying to change your goals is a waste of time. Instead, you should work on holding on to the goals that have already been achieved. The same idea goes for your health.

If you try to change your diet or start exercising more often, you will only ruin your efforts. Instead, stick with the changes that have already been made and focus on holding onto them.

Source: Tao Te Ching

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