Complacency- the silent but deadly killer of enthusiasm, persistence and consistency; it tends to slow one down and make us become lazy with what we are doing.
With any endeavour that you embark on, you should never get complacent with any of them, whether it be work, study, learning music, religion, worship or love.
Before I go on, I should probably define complacency (yes, it’s quite a big word). Looking it up on dictionary.com, it means “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.”. So basically it means you’re getting too comfortable with what you’re doing; so much that you don’t put in as much effort to achieve or maintain a high level in what you’re doing.
As you learn an instrument, I know how hard it is to consistently practice every day, especially after you learn for a while and can kind of “wing” some of the songs now that you are able to sight read. Some of our students were becoming a little complacent with their music, slacking off with homework or not practicing enough.
To counteract complacency, I suggest thinking back to the days when you first started learning and the reason you started learning. Thinking about your enthusiasm in the beginning and your reason/s for picking up music will whip you back on track and have you even more enthusiastic and keen than when you first started!