I originally published this post in 2016. Every year since then, around January or February when complaining seems to be an issue (weather! winter! cold! aha!), I re-challenge myself.
Therefore, I am challenging you, too. Let’s all stop complaining together!
It is so easy to complain.
All the time.
The food is too hot, the line is too long, the weather is too cold.
What is complaining?
Merriam Webster says
Instead of merely choosing joy in the daily adventures, we look to find what’s wrong with them. We love to spout about the things we hate and we love to do it with other people. It’s a strange, ugly camaraderie.
When we are tempted to complain, here are some things to consider:
- Think through that “complaint”. Is it something that can be controlled?
- If yes, then take measures to change it.
- If no, then determine how you can make the best of the situation.
It always amazes me how people want to live in a sad, critical, pessimistic bubble. Complaining merely makes us look at our lives through a dark glass. And it’s a CHOICE. We choose to live that way. Complaining means we’re just going to whine about it.
What does complaining do?
- It steals our joy.
- It lassos others onto our complain train.
- It creates a toxic environment.
- It solves nothing.
“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
― Maya Angelou
Well, my dear friends, I have a solution.
Let’s start a revolution.
Let’s stop complaining.
Just like that.
Complaining points a finger at everyone else to fix the problem and it places no responsibility on ME.
Complaining makes me depressed. Sad. Makes life look bleak.
It’s time for us to rise up and change this complaining thing.
Some of you are thinking, “Um, how are we supposed to do this?”
Well, I’ve always believed that one can always do something for 30 days. It’s a good start. And it develops a habit.
So my challenge to you is this:
Pledge to stop complaining for 30 days. Just try it. Take a stab at it. Make an intentional choice to stop complaining.
“I have found that if you love life,
life will love you back.”
– Arthur Rubenstein
If you’re ready to join me, here’s what you need to do:
- Subscribe to my blog. Like my Speaker/Author Facebook page, where I will be posting about my journey and giving No Complaining tips!
- Print and sign The 30 Day Challenge pledge. Post it somewhere visible so you can see it clearly and have a visual representation of your pledge.
- Take a sharpie and write an “X” on your pointer finger. It will serve to remind you of your challenge AND to stop pointing your finger at everyone else. It’s YOUR turn to change stuff.
- Post the picture of you, your pointer finger, and your pledge on social media. Make sure to tag me! (@carriewisehart, Twitter; @carrielane, Instagram; Carrie Wisehart, Facebook) That way, we can hold you accountable for your 30 day challenge!
- Finally, comment below and let me know you are IN! I’m excited to see how many of us are READY to start this revolution!
Picture, Pointer, Pledge!
Let’s DO THIS!