Complacency can be a killer. Often times when we think of complacency we associate it with laziness. It’s taken on a new definition today, in our elevated sensitivity to the economy. There is a sentiment of unemployment discrimination in this country; many people feel that joblessness is a form of complacency. I want to examine the question of complacency especially as it relates to those that are in the workforce.
My granny was a caterer; she used to tell me “Son, you work harder for yourself than for someone else.”
I’ll be honest here and admit that in the past I had allowed myself to become complacent. But guess what? I was working at the time. That’s right kids; I was at my most complacent in life when I was working in corporate America. Working was easy. It was like a pair of sweat pants; comfortable and forgiving.
I decided to stop making excuses, honestly examine myself and address my failures and make changes immediately. I was not engaged, involved, active or productive which was not fair to the company or myself.
I understand that you may not like HR and only work in the field to make ends meet. You may go to work every day but privately, you absolutely hate it and wish you were doing something more rewarding. You hate your job, and from time to time you take it for granted. You think that there is no way this company can operate without you and you feel that they are never going to replace your position, so you get comfortable with the status quo.
If you really explore it, complacency is quite diabolical. It can cause you to be hateful, resentful and even violent. It’s a dream killer and if you allow it to consume your life without taking responsibility for your actions, you’ll never know what you are capable of.
I’ve seen people come to work in tears because they hate their jobs so much but they can’t leave, because they were trapped by bad decisions and life’s unexpected pitfalls.
Ultimately I don’t see at it as an employed versus unemployed trait; complacency occurs when you are mailing it in, lacking passion and direction in whatever you do or don’t do. No Excuses folks, stop being complacent. To quote a line from the movie Shawshank Redemption “Get busy living or get busy dying.”