Are you Growing or Complacent?
Every year, we grow to understand ourselves a bit better.
Our strengths become clearer.
Our passions are more easily defined.
Our likes and dislikes become more apparent.
This is mostly good.
The Complacency Trap
I have greater clarity on my purpose and calling, so I’m less compelled to chase the dreams of others — most of the time.
But I also realized that the better I understand myself, the more inflexible I can become.
Phrases like “That’s the way I’m wired” or “I need to play to my strengths” are quick to roll off my tongue.
Although I firmly believe we need to understand our unique gifts and passions (our Clout if you will), I fear that my seemingly clearer picture of myself can inhibit me from pushing myself to grow.
That’s when I need to answer some questions truthfully:
Do I chase knowledge with the same enthusiasm as I did a decade ago?
Have I put myself in new and uncomfortable circumstances to stretch my thinking and my comfort zone?
Am I trying new things, engaging different conversations, meeting new people?
5 Ways to Avoid Complacency
Comfort creates complacency, so how can we choose growth?
While purpose and clarity are incredibly important, don’t become complacent in your clarity.
As you begin dreaming and planning for 2020, I encourage you to consider these five tips to help you grow and thrive!
1) How can I chase knowledge in a new way?
2) What new environments do I need to explore?
3) What new things can I try?
4) What different conversations should I have?
5) Who do I need to meet?
New knowledge and experiences will continue to add layers to the clarity of who you are and who you are becoming.
Don’t let your clarity lull you to complacency.
Keep growing. Keep learning!
Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group
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Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.
Jenni is the author of several books, including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.