When I started my first job out of college, there was a learning curve. To overcome that, I was always the first and last person in the office reviewing materials; I even worked from home. Fast forward to a year and half later, I'm comfortable with my role. Therefore, I arrive to work right on time, and I don't stay late since I get everything done from nine to five. At this point, I know the job well enough so I no longer need to study material from home. I was an ideal picture of someone that became "too comfortable."
I was good at my job, but that's just it... "good." Imagine if I operated with the same motivation and desire to be better as when I first started? I probably would have been further ahead. There should never be a point in your life when you feel as though you are just "going through the motions."
Becoming "too comfortable" can apply to several aspects of your life, from your health to your career, and even your marriage. The positive side is that you've found the perfect formula, e.g., your marriage works and both are content or even happy with how things are going. You're doing well at your job and your boss is happy.
The downside is that eventually things will begin to slip, and people will start expecting more of you. When you're too comfortable in your relationship you lose appreciation for the little things your significant other does. During workouts you will start to plateau, and at work your boss will expect more than your everyday tasks. You should always challenge yourself to do more and look for new ways to improve yourself. Seek different ways to do your job, and take on more responsibility. The differentiating factor between "successful people" and "uber successful people" is that the latter operate with a sense of urgency and proactive self-development.
"Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable." -- William Pollard.
Becoming "too comfortable" is similar to plateauing. If you feel like you've plateaued in a certain area of your life then it's time to shake it up.You should be constantly asking yourself, "How can I be better at... my marriage, work, health, etc.?" You never want to stop improving yourself.
Alicia T. Glenn is the founder of Astounding Pursuits, a blog in which she shares her experiences and advice on how to accomplish cool things, and live a more fulfilled life by discovering and pursuing your passion. Join her free newsletter to get business ideas, life hacks, and strategies on how to live a more astounding life.