One makes a deal to set things right.
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One needs to abandon their affairs and make oneself available to patiently soften one's most embarrassing flaws, so that one can inspire confidence and be engaged by those who can help them.
In the making
One can make a few improvements to not see the decline.
Proof (Pivot's method)
One lets others know that one will no longer support them.
One fears that others will realize that nothing has been prepared.