Sometimes I need a kick in the butt. I don't need to be hit over the head. But some recent work shenanigans rattled me profoundly out of my self-induced writing slumber and inspired me to get my book edits finally to the finish line, pretty fast, just like that. That was easy! Book done, off to test readers. After final suggestions and edits I'll figure out the publishing part.
It's easy to fall into complacency. When things are just too comfortable, too easy, then we stop learning, stop creating, stop being truly enthusiastic and excited about new horizons, new prospects, new possibilities.
Of course you can get off your butt before then. It's less painful for sure. Be proactive and on your toes, anticipate the need for change before the universe helps you along, gently or not so gently.