The danger of complacency

Movies, series and unconstructive browsing of the internet is something we all do. It’s there, it’s super easy, we don’t even need to get out of bed to do it. This in itself is not a bad thing, being marginally entertained with minimal work is undeniably preferable to being bored.

That all being said, there is a factor that should be taken into account. Complacency.

By having easy access to this very limited form of stimulation, constructive action (such as getting out of bed, reading a book or going for a run) is much harder to achieve. While we are watching a mediocre series, we are not happy, we not particularly sad either, we’re just in some meh middle ground between boredom and stimulation. Let’s be completely honest, when you first started looking at silly cat pictures online, you laughed and sprayed the OJ you were drinking all over your computer monitor. Not anymore. After endless scrolling through the interwebs recently, I realised that I hadn’t laughed once. The content hadn’t degraded, I’d just become complacent. The funniest things just made me blow air out of my nose.

Where this becomes a problem is when these activities prevent us from doing anything that will actually stimulate us. Anything that will make us happy. We aren’t bored enough to get up and do something, so we stay in that mediocre rut. We’re stuck.


This complacency can even be seen on a macro scale, where people are comfortable in a shitty job or a shitty relationship. While they are not struggling financially or are not in a particularly abusive relationship, they are still too complacent to make the life changes necessary to truly be happy.

Getting out of the comfort zone is necessary to finding something that actually stimulates you. Us humans are way too easy to trick into an awe-filled state.

“What most people don’t understand is that passion is the result of action, not the cause of it.

Discovering what you’re passionate about in life and what matters to you is a full-contact sport, a trial-and-error process. None of us know exactly how we feel about an activity until we actually do the activity.”

So get the fuck up.


  1. I’ve made it my mission for this year to get shit done. 2015 was a year of complacency for me, but no more! Six days into the year and I’m still going strong at least…

    I’ve said this before though and I’m sure many people have, but this year I’m approaching it differently. I’ve relied heavily on motivation to help me achieve my goals in the past and it is completely necessary. The only problem with motivation is that it’s really hard to maintain. I’ve started many a project and left them unfinished because of that.

    Discipline, however, is something I’ll be relying on heavily this year. It doesn’t sound like too much fun when I put it that way, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t get me the results I want.

    Thanks for the good read, Herman!

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