Complacency is an interesting word. Complacency – a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.
Overwhelming abundance often leads to a lackadaisical mentality, which bring about a sedentary (accustomed to sit or rest a great deal or to take little exercise) lifestyle. Children of those who have worked hard and accumulated varying degrees of wealth seem to be susceptible but they are not alone, there are programs in society that drive the same behavior. These young people weren’t the ones who developed the discipline and character to create the wealth or entitlement programs in the first place, so it makes sense that they may not have the same sense of value for wealth or understand what’s necessary to keep it or otherwise break the curse. Tell me you have not seen this entitlement mentality in your world.
To a large degree our expectations of what it really takes to create lasting success – like grit, hard work, resilience and fortitude aren’t alluring, and thus have been mostly forgotten. We’ve lost respect for the strife and struggle of our forefathers. The massive effort they put forth instilled discipline, chiseled their character, and stoked the spirit to brave new opportunities.
Having experienced extended periods of prosperity, health, and wealth, we become complacent. We stop doing what we did to get us there. We become like the frog in the boiling water that doesn’t jump to his freedom because the warming is so incremental and insidious (intended to entrap or beguile) that he doesn’t notice he’s getting cooked!
What’s next for us? Will we fall like empires of old – Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Portuguese, French, English etc.?
Speaking with purpose Nation (SWAP Nation), if we are standing still we are moving backward – a static life will wilder.
Quote of the week: “The moment you start to reducing expectations you risk introducing complacency.” – Peter Mandelson
Word of the week: Combat – to fight or contend against; oppose vigorously.
Ask yourself: What will you do to achieve success and fight complacency?
Speaking With a Purpose: “I help you bridge the gap between … Where you are verses where you want to be.” My ultimate goal – help you become a better you!
Until next time,