It’s easy to get discouraged when life gets complacent. When you’ve been stuck in the same place for an extended period of time, you may start to feel like all of your work has been in vain. I’ve been there–multiple times. But, I’d also like to challenge that too much emphasis can be placed on consistency when it comes to achieving goals and making dreams happen. From my personal experiences, I’ve learned that while consistency is needed, I can easily fail to see where I can do better if I’m so caught up in performing like I did the day before. This leads me to my first point. When life gets complacent, I’ve found that there’s a need to:
Make necessary changes
There’s truth to the saying if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. If you’re always getting the same results (or none at all), then consider making changes where needed and creating alternatives.
Whether you need to be more aggressive or develop a healthier mindset, you won’t see progress until you confront what’s preventing you from it. This isn’t the time to be soft on yourself. Take a hard look at your work ethic, and critique it. Whenever you continue running into failure, make the time to evaluate what needs improvement.
Research and network
Someone was once where you were and succeeded in making a dream a reality. Take a closer look at their stories, and see what they did to get where they are. Who do you admire in your field? If no one comes to mind, then that’s where research comes in. While everyone’s path is different, and what worked for someone else isn’t guaranteed to work for you, you can get a sense of what to expect as your journey progresses and map out the best options for you.
Networking is also crucial. You don’t have to form relationships with the most successful or well-known individuals in your area of interest. In this case, Meek Mill said it best. There are levels to this, and you need to start with who you can get in touch with and work your way up the ladder, one connection at a time. Look out for events, workshops, and seminars that can easily connect you to credible resources.
Take a break
Walking away from something can seem defeating, but there’s a difference between taking a break and quitting. The essential benefit to taking a break is re-focusing your mind. When you approach something with fresh eyes and a cleared head, it’ll be easier to see what your next move should be than it had been before.
Taking a break is not an excuse to be lazy. Make time to work on another project of interest or to hone a skill that could possibly benefit you when you go back to the drawing board.
When life gets complacent, how do you make progress happen?