The hypnotic lure of complacency can seem irresistible at times.
- “Just relax.”
- “Take it easy.”
- “Everything is pretty good. Don’t work so hard.”
This is fine if these messages are coming from your intuition, your body, or your heart. It’s when you’re subtly allowing yourself to settle for less than your fullest expression that you enter into dangerous territory.
With my personality, it’s easy for me to get lulled by the siren of settling. I can get by with doing “good enough” because my half-efforts are above average.
But I don’t feel good in my heart when I settle for half of my effort, or half of my self expression.
I feel best when I end my days spent — with that kind of tired feeling you get when you’ve left it all on the field. You can’t control the outcome of the game, but you can control how much you give. <– click to share that
Of course, most of us don’t hold back because we’re truly lazy or don’t care. We hold back because of fear of judgment and rejection from others.
We feel that if we really give it our all, maybe it won’t be good enough. So we hedge our bets and only sweat a little, because then we can always protect ourselves by saying that we didn’t really try.
So, the true cure for complacency is…
What I mean is, letting go of the outcome. Showing up and giving bravely, but not being attached to what happens. Just giving all you’ve got and letting the chips fall where they may.
When you place too much emphasis on the destination, you’re not really there enjoying the process anyway.
The result is then two-fold:
- You enjoy the ride more because you’re not stressed about the result.
- You get to where you want to go faster because you’re putting more energy into the engine.
So, be in this moment. Say yes to yourself and yes to life. Say YES to what your heart wants to give.
Fuck half-giving and false protection that really only sabotages you in the end.
Surrender to the giving. Let go of what may come.