The Complacency Trap
By becoming comfortable and satisfied with your current level of talent and skill, you stop yourself from being ambitious and reaching new heights. Complacency is dangerous, and it can hinder anyone’s development. It’s a mindset. It’s an obstacle. Complacency is a trap.
The Dangers of Complacency
Complacency is like being satisfied with a paragraph when there’s an essay to write. It’s being content with your status and your progress so far and thinking there’s no need to keep improving as the next level is already met. Thing is, no matter how good you are, no matter if you are the best player on your team or in the state, there will always be new heights to reach.
When you’re complacent, you lose focus on your highest aspiration. You neglect that there’s a level higher than the one you have. It allows yourself to become comfortable and stops the hunger to improve that you may have had before. By doing this, you allow your efforts and your progress to slow down, therefore hindering your development as a whole.
Worst of all, even though you may seem to be neglecting it, there will always be competition just around the corner. No matter if you are the star player, or if your place on the team is “safe”, there is really no safety in soccer. In these cases, it’s always best to keep your head down and focus on the next session. Concentrate on your progress and work on your weaknesses. Set new, realistic goals, and always aim to go higher up the ladder. Never settle.
A classic example of not letting settling into that complacency trap are arguably the world’s best players: Ronaldo and Messi.
They are the best in the world, yet they never seem comfortable and let the gas off the pedal. Season after season they smash in goals at a staggering pace and always perform at their best level. It would be easy to become complacent in their position, yet they find that hunger and that drive to constantly be refining, improving, and performing at the top level.
Never limit how far you can go, and never be comfortable.
Find the Way Around the Complacency Trap
Always keep aiming to reach the next level of your game. That’s the key and foundation to avoiding becoming complacent. Embrace challenges with a sense of hunger and drive. Keep your head down, don’t let your status get to you, and look to use your success as an inspiration for things to come.
There is always going to be competition, there’s no doubt about it. There’s also always going to be a better player than you. It’s up to you how you manage your dedication and your drive to continue to strive to reach new goals.
By aiming to reach the next level of your game, you should consider always having goals, even after hitting your 5 year goal or your ultimate aspiration. Never be comfortable with your current talent or status within your team.
My biggest advice from this article:
Never be satisfied, always hunt new goals with determination and drive.
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