Recently, in the management seminar, I was speaking about being grateful for what we got in life. After the session, one participant asked me if we are grateful and content with what we have, does it not lead to complacent and stop our growth further? I realized that I should have explained elaborately more about gratitude, being content and complacency as it requires clarity for most of us.
My perspective on this is as follows:
Contentment means being grateful for what you got or achieved. For example, with so many years of hard work and dedication, you might have attained your dream senior leadership position in your organization. You can be grateful for the achievement and remember all the people with gratitude. That is grateful and contentment.
But it will or should not stop you to think next level promotion. Obviously the next level growth demands further more hard work, skill set and if you are not ready to invest yourself in skill development and hard work, then you become complacent. To put it simply, when possibilities are there for higher level growth and if you are not willing to invest yourself, that is complacent.
To summarize, being grateful and content will give you peace of mind and that peace of mind will enable you for next level growth provided you are ready to pay the price for that. If you are not ready, you become complacent, not due to grateful. Hence grateful does not lead to complacency!