It’s very easy to reach a comfortable level of success and then put things on autopilot. We all find ourselves doing this whether it’s in our relationships, our work, spiritual walk, or even in our own personal disciplines like fitness. We think that we can stop working as hard and just maintain our current status in these areas. However, as my college football coach would often say, “You are either getting better or you’re getting worse; there is no staying the same! I hope you boys showed up to get better today!”
This is a truth that spans all areas of life. When we think we are maintaining the status quo we are actually losing traction. It seems that the goal for many people is to reach a predetermined level of success so that they can do whatever they want or just coast from that point forward.
This creates a life of one of two possibilities:
OPTION 1: You live your life for a future moment or in pursuit of your predetermined level of success which you may never realize, leaving you over-worked and unfulfilled,
OPTION 2: You reach your predetermined level of success and go into maintenance mode. In maintenance mode things begin to deteriorate causing you to work extremely hard to get back to where you once were once again leaving you unfulfilled.
So, instead of setting a predetermined level of success to obtain in the future, set goals to always be moving forward and always improving. This will shift your focus away from working every hour possible today in order to enjoy a life of “auto pilot” later. This also allows you to take time during the journey to refresh and have fun instead of waiting until the day you reach your desired success. You will enjoy a more fulfilled and satisfied life while avoiding the dreaded slide into mediocrity through being in maintenance mode. Remember, you’re either getting better or getting worse; you’re never staying the same!