My mom always cautioned us kids that there were more wrecks close to home than anywhere else, urging us to be vigilant even in the neighborhood. We thought she was just saying that but it turns out she was right: 69% of all accidents occur within a 10-mile radius of where people live*. It seems that drivers have a false sense of security when they are so familiar with their surroundings and let down their guard.

It’s easy to become complacent when things seem easy. Students often receive their lowest grades in the “easiest” courses when they invest their study time and effort to earn an A in science or calculus, then receive a B in art. Athletic teams often lose the week after they won an upset or when they’re playing an underdog team – letting up on the practice that made other victories possible. Politicians, too, become victims of the letdown, doing poorly in a second debate or primary when they rest on their laurels after acing the first.

It’s tempting to relax when it seems effortless to do so, but letting up often leads to a letdown.

*Source: NHTSA

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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