Today’s environment is interesting. First, I do believe that the economy is getting better and that things will continue. Don’t get me wrong, things aren’t back to where they were, and they may not be for a long time. Many things will simply never be the same. Things change. Make sure that you can change and adapt.
It isn’t a political statement when I say the above, nor is it when I say that much of society and the media like to focus on what isn’t going well, the weaknesses and bad things in the economy. Often the news focuses on what is going wrong, unemployment, people struggling, etc. These things may be true but there are many people making lots of money, getting jobs, expanding, growing, investing, and doing better – and yes some of these people are actually not taking advantage of others to get ahead.
Anyhow, in this economy, at least around my area, I hear variations of things like , “Just be thankful that you have a job” or that “You’re lucky that your business is still surviving”.
To be frank, many of us live in a world surrounded by mediocrity, and worse, the promotion of it. I confess that many times I have been complacent in ways and not excelled for different reasons, often they were simply just excuses.
I think that we all need to be aware of how the general public mentality, TV, media, and even niches of songs (like Country and Western?) tell you to relax, don’t worry about working, and just enjoy life while playin’ hooky , etc.
I confess again that I love to watch movies at home. If I see the Godfather, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, or something else good on the TV, I’m done for a few hours. This is often a waste of time that I regret. I need to be more disciplined. In general, we are enticed to sit in front of the boob tube for hours on end.
Many of us sit there, watch others enjoy success, fame, or action and dream about it but then again, we’re not taking action ourselves.
This is hard for me to say because I realize that I may ruffle your feathers a bit. I also know that I’m talking about myself in many cases. I see movies that I’ve watched years ago about something and I admire the actor for their craft. When I watch them again today, it enters my mind that that specific actor is still successful years later, an expert in what they do. Here I am sitting watching the movie/TV show and not taking action towards my dreams, towards making me better. Time passes, how much have I improved. It is sometimes a harsh reminder, isn’t it?
To be frank, the world encourages complacency in many cases.
I believe that this may be the greatest challenge we face on a daily basis.
It’s so very difficult to resist this.
How many people do you know (and I know that it isn’t you) that says something like. “Just put in the minimum effort, collect your check, clock in and clock out and don’t give a minute more,” ?
I believe that we either are growing/improving/moving ahead, or we’re getting worse/weaker/falling behind. There is no staying still, you can’t keep the status quo by doing nothing. We must keep growing, pushing, and testing our limits. If not, I believe you will live an unfulfilled life if you gave into complacency.
Complacency tempts us all. As I mentioned, I catch myself considering it all the time. I procrastinate, do less than I know that I could, and I get by.
There is a great resource that I learned from Early to Rise.com – it is Dan Kennedy’s he called, “The 7-Figure Academy: 7 Steps to 7 Figures”. In his section about Overcoming Resistance, he teaches that, “7-figure earners have extreme complacency resistance. You can’t rest or try to sustain the status quo. You must be finding the replacement for the replacement.”
Look around us. The world has changed so much. Who would have imagined that banking would have been so unstable in 2008/2009? That the U.S. Post Office would be losing billions, closing offices and trying to cut staff. Government and bank workers are getting laid off. A postal job was the epitome of safety, right?
Look at any industry in the past 5-7 years. It changed. Note that I say changed – not gotten worse. I believe that there are still so many opportunities out there – but different ones. This means the industry you are in now likely won’t be the business you are in two years from now, five years from now, and certainly not ten years from now – particularly if you want to keep growing your income.
Craig Ballantine of etr.com said, “Each time you resist complacency and grow outside of your status quo, you will increase your income.”
Author Dave Kekich writes in Kekich Credo #1, “People will do almost anything to stay in their comfort zones. If you want to accomplish anything, get out of your comfort zone. Strive to increase order and discipline in your life. Discipline usually means doing the opposite of what you feel like doing. The easy roads to discipline are setting deadlines, discovering and doing what you do best and what’s important and enjoyable to you, and focusing on habits by replacing your bad habits and thought patterns, one-by-one, over time, with good habits and thought patterns.”
“The failure to act is much more often the product of inner, emotional resistance than external resistance,…….”To move forward you must give up your story, whether it is excuses about your childhood, lack of education, your ‘bad luck’, your unsupportive family, where you live, etc.” – Dan Kennedy
I wish you the best of strength and encouragement to resist complacency to reinvent your business or life. May you and I both resist complacency and instead, always be testing new things.
“Resolve your own internal resistance. A 7-figure earner has no margin for such weakness,” Dan Kennedy