Complacency is sneaky.
Without you realizing it, complacency can rob you of your dreams, future, and happiness! And even your confidence and motivation to grow.
Complacency whispers to you, “Things are fine as they are. Why rock the boat? Who needs more, anyway? There’s always tomorrow to get to my higher goals. Today, I have other things that seem important too. Besides, I’ve worked hard, and I like not having any commitments right now. I deserve to take it easy. Let my downline build now, as I did. Isn’t this what I worked for? To rely on residual income? I’ve done enough personal growth for now. I’m comfortable. Let’s stay here.” Or, “My job is not all that bad. I can stand it. Tomorrow I’ll work on my network marketing business. Today is the football game!”
Complacency lets you avoid challenges. But also robs you of adventure and growth! A safe, ho-hum life. What a price!
Of course, there really is no standing still. You either move forward, or backslide. Your team either thrives and grow, or you lose them over time. Which do you want?
Procrastination is the first cousin of Complacency. So is Laziness, Boredom, Stagnation, and Discouragement. Then they bring their friends: Worry, Financial Insecurity, Embarrassment, Guilt, Frustration, Blame, and Regret.
I was once in a relationship that settled into a friendship with walls. It was safe and comfortable. It had good parts, and was better than nothing. I was lazy to make a change. I stayed. I didn’t let myself notice that I had settled. Went to lunch with a good friend. She said, “Are you willing to have nothing, for the chance that you could have better?” Moment of Truth. I said, “Yes.” I was willing to do the work to not settle ANYMORE.
Another true story: A 59 year old man on his deathbed with cancer, “I’d wished I’d had time to do my dreams.” His children knew he had had the time. But he put off his dreams, thinking there’s always tomorrow. Surprise! ~ We are role models for our children. He taught by his example. But they are also learning from his regret.
How to overcome Complacency? Commit. Even if you don’t know how yet. That will come. Burn your bridges behind you. No escape route, no turning back.
We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money— booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
~ William Hutchison Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951)
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