Monday Morning Mojo: The Complacency of Success

By Tom Tognoli

mojo complacencyWhy is it that so many people struggle with yo-yo diets?  Because once we get close to accomplishing our goal we start to relax and feel a sense of relief and accomplishment.  We feel like we’ve arrived.  Unfortunately it’s usually that sense of relief and accomplishment that makes us complacent and sabotages us.  Don’t get we wrong…we should feel good about what we have accomplished but we also have to be very careful that we do not lose our edge and stop doing the things that led to our success.  Because if we lose our edge,  before we know it we look in the mirror and  we will be right back where we started…or in most cases in a worse place.  We see it all of the time…right?  I call this the complacency of success.  It’s the yo in the yo-yo.

Achieving success at anything in life is fun and exciting. It doesn’t matter if it’s in school, work, family, sports, fitness, finances or a diet…winning ROCKS! However, hidden in success is complacency and we all need to be very careful and be very conscious of it or it will come up, grab us and suck us down without warning.  It’s like complacency is hiding in the darkness for us to get comfortable and relaxed.  Being able to push themselves to keep up the momentum or in most cases push themselves harder to increase their momentum when they have achieved success is what makes true champions…long term champions.

As our economy continues to build momentum you see a lot of companies, industries and individuals having massive success which is exciting.  Heck I am blessed to be in the real estate business which is on fire.  Of course I would love to take all of the credit for our company having its best year in history, but I know we are blessed to be in one of the hottest real estate markets in the country.  I think I am having a positive impact on our results, but I am not naïve to think it is all me or our team.

You also see some people starting to think they are invisible…thinking that they are even better than maybe they are because the economy is giving them lift. They are taking unnecessary risks and aren’t doing the things that have led to their success because they feel they have finally arrived and are beyond having to do that “stuff.”  Now don’t get me wrong…I think taking risk is part of what it takes to win…heck we did it when we started Intero…but just make sure it is calculated risk. We all just need to be very careful to make sure we don’t think we are better than we really are because of the lift of the economy or some other outside source or because of our success. The key is no matter who you are or what you do, don’t stop doing the things that have led to your success.  And the more successful we become the more humble and driven we need to be.

Be successful…be driven…be humble…be a champion!


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