5 Tips for Avoiding Complacency

5 Tips for Avoiding Complacency


Submitted 6 months ago
Created by
Matt Mooshian

Here are five tips for avoiding complacency in your life:

Last week I wrote about how we all have the power to define success in our own terms (to read We Define Success click here). After the post went up, and a few of my friends and colleagues read it, it sparked a conversation between us. Have you ever felt complacent at work, in your projects, or just life in general? 

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Most of us agreed we had once felt complacent in one way or another, and once we realized it we could take steps to turn it around. For me, it was nice to know I wasn’t alone in that feeling, and by talking to my friends I discovered some great ideas for how you can avoid becoming complacent. 

Here are five tips for avoiding complacency in your life:

REGULAR CHECK-INS WITH YOURSELF

Whether you’re self-employed or working in corporate America there is always someone to check-in with. But, we often overlook checking in with the most important person: ourselves. Setting aside time to check-in with yourself can look different. Maybe you take time to write down all the things you’re looking forward to, maybe you go out to lunch and think about your professional goals. Regardless of what you do, its important to take time for you.

MEET NEW PEOPLE IN YOUR INDUSTRY

Lets face it; the world is all about who you know. So whether its finding networking events near you and getting involved locally, or emailing other professionals in your industry, or going out to coffee with someone. Never stop building connections and adding to your network. People are one of your greatest resources. 

DO SOMETHING CREATIVE

It doesn’t matter who you are, we all love to get creative! Whether it’s a project or a hobby, or stepping aside from your day-to-day stresses to listen to some music. It’s important to get your creative juices flowing! This can help you see things from a new perspective.

ALWAYS KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES 

No, I’m not saying you should always be applying for a new job. But it can be helpful to see how other businesses and organizations function. Also, every new opportunity isn’t always a job. Maybe its a partnership with another group or organization or maybe its starting something you’re passionate about. 

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

No matter who you are or what you do its always important to learn something new! Being a life long learner isn’t just about being successful, its about being the best person you can be. There’s so many opportunities out there — continuing education, workshops, community education and discussions. The more you know the more you grow.

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