“Complacency leads to compliance, not big thinking.” Glen Llopis, Forbes Contributor.
The most successful people I know are always placing themselves in situations where they will be stretched. Regardless of how much success they have already had, they know that they can’t rely on past success to get them where they’re going. Growth only happens when we continue to grow and cast a vision for the future.
What is your plan to continue growing?
What’s next in your life?
Are you able to identify where you are going? What are you reaching for in your current season?
Complacency and contentment: The difference.
We must not confuse contentment with complacency. We are called to be content in all circumstances. Sometimes life will throw us curveballs, sometimes we won’t accomplish our goals as fast as we had planned, sometimes we might not be able to control certain aspects of our lives, and we must learn to be content in all circumstances. Contentment is the state of being satisfied. It keeps us from striving, from doing something to earn a sense of worth. You are already worthy.
The literal meaning of complacency’s Latin root is “very pleased.” You could say that complacency is being “overly content” to the point where it has no desire to grow or change.
2 ways complacency hinders growth:
- It keeps you from being challenged by others.
- It blinds you from areas of your life that are stagnant.
How can we combat complacency?
- Surround yourself with people who will challenge you.
- Do things every day that you don’t want to do.
- Recharge your batteries and make sure you are living from a place of rest. When we aren’t sleeping well, we won’t have the energy needed to make the best daily decisions for our lives and our growth.
Complacency unchecked has a snowball effect. We start to open the door to areas of our lives that hinder us from growth. When we are complacent, we let our guard down and we welcome more than just the enemy of complacency. It’s hard to even have the desire to grow and become better when we are complacent because we simply don’t see the need for it.
But when we step away from complacency into living with vision and purpose, we will find more energy, more life, and more peace. It’s not about being busy or doing more, rather it’s about living life on purpose, for a purpose. Having a clear vision. And refusing to ever stop growing.
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