Complacency is a killer!.. What exactly gets killed? The potential to progress is lost; the excitement in life is lost; things that used to be inspiring are no longer effective. It’s a common problem for humans. We tend to seek a lifestyle that fulfills our temporary goals just so we can attain some level of satisfaction. But what happens when you have reached your small, short-term goals without setting any bigger ones? Or maybe you’ve achieved your biggest goal and don’t know where to go from there. Whether you don’t want to move from where you are, or you just don’t know how, you know you’ve gotten comfortable when routine becomes monotonous and you lack motivation in many areas of your life.
Sound familiar? You may have fallen in the trap of having a false sense of security. So what does it matter? You are making enough money to survive and you feel generally content. But you also get the feeling you’re missing something in life, something new and exciting. Perhaps you are no longer as easily inspired by success stories and visions of how life could be if you changed your circumstances. Do you really want to keep up the same lifestyle for the rest of your life?
If so, have fun with monotony! If you realize that you need to experience more of what this world has to offer, there are ways to recognize where in your life you have fallen into a trap. Try some of the following tips to reach beyond complacency.
- Question EVERYTHING.
Ask, read, challenge, repeat. For everything- from personal beliefs to your reasons for acting like you do. Why do you get up every day? Why bother going in early when you’re going to stay late? Is it all really worth it in the end? Though the tougher questions may not have definite answers, questioning your choices and perspectives challenges you to look at the bigger picture. Are you genuinely happy where you are? Would you like to be there 5 years from now? 15 years from now? How do you set yourself up for bigger goals? Are you bored and stable, or bored and unstable? Do you want to change it?
- Go on an ADVENTURE. Experiencing new landscapes, cities, restaurants, and even new business ventures is a great way to get a feel for what else is out in the world. You never know where you’ll find something that makes you happier and much more excited than your current line of work. Trying new things is ultimately the only way of developing a point of reference that will help you determine how complacent you really are. Get out there, expand the limits of your comfort zone, and start reflecting on the best parts of all your current and past experiences. After determining what led up to the best times of your life, use that knowledge to set yourself up for even better adventures.
- CHANGE your routines.
While conducting your life according to plans and schedules might keep you organized and steady, it tends to really limit your freedoms, and ultimately, your progress. Sometimes, not having a plan to follow can lead to some of the most exciting learning experiences that can spark growth and creativity. Spontaneity is just one way of opening yourself up to new perspectives and opportunities. Things discovered unintentionally tend to be some of the best discoveries. So pick a day out of each month, take out some cash, and drive to a new city. Take in the scenery, the smells, the excitement. Enjoy the moment, and pretty soon you’ll find yourself enjoying life a little more.
- Engage in multiple PROJECTS.
Wrap your mind around as many projects, personal and professional, as you can without getting overwhelmed. Having different focuses allows you to jump around and not get bored while still being productive. If you’re annoyed by your current working and living situations, come up with little projects that can improve each day a little more. There’s no need to take on something that will make a major impact right now, unless you’re ready to make major changes.
As long as you find new things to work on and learn everyday, you’ll find yourself being more excited to get up each morning. Before you know it, your life will be turning in directions you never imagined.
complacency [kuh m-pley-suh n-see]
a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.