We’ve accomplished our thing, we’ve met that goal, we’ve attained what we would like. At least we think we have. So what’ next? Surely we’ve done everything we can do, right? We cannot allow room for complacency, for it can be our downfall.
It’s much like the dangerous cycle of mediocrity. We sit back and relish our accomplishments or our perceived accomplishments. Idle for too long, somebody else comes along and captures our formula. They improve upon it, thus leaving us obsolete. We were the only game in town but now we’re not even a game in town.
Worse, sometimes we believe we’ve reached the end. There’s nothing left to improve or prove. We forget that perfection doesn’t actually exist and that there’s always something else to work towards. Thinking we’re as good as we will ever be means no more growth. No more growth means it’s time for the next best thing.
We cannot allow complacency to take hold of us.
When we make an improvement upon what we’re doing we must come up with our next idea. We must work, very soon after, to improve upon what we are doing. Sure, many moments and milestones deserve a cheer. And then, it’s right back to work.
Never be completely satisfied with the way things are. Be happy, joyful, and satisfied, but always know and aim for the way to make things better. From average, good is born. From good, great, excellent, and so on. If we master what we were aiming for, aim for the next thing to master.
There’s a limitless amount of information in the world and a limitless amount of ways to learn the things we would like to. It’d be a waste to throw so much of our time away on things that matter not. It’d be a waste to throw our time away so we may turn around in seventy years and wish we’d lived differently.