one less complaint

Today I’m stepping into 30 days of complaint-free living. And to keep me accountable, I thought I would post every few days about what miracles show up as a result of this mental game. I call it a game because it really is an exercise of mental persuasion. The more conscious I am of my capacity to choose where I place my attention, the stronger my mind grows in attracting what I’m attending to. Basically the game is to…

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I first heard about the 30-day challenge to not complain about ANYTHING, in Edwene Gaines’ book 4 Spiritual Laws of Prosperity. I wrote a few posts back in 2011 about how I did, here was a funny one. Today I’m beginning again for two reasons: First, in preparation for Ramadan which begins next week and my tradition to give up a mental habit as I fast from food and drink from sunrise to sunset (although I am allowing myself water this year). Second, I just need to shake loose this nagging voice in my head that loves to complain!

Have you ever been in a situation of undeniable beauty, calm and enjoyment  when all the sudden this annoying voice whispers loudly:

“…you know this won’t last very long…”

or

…”if it wasn’t for that piece of trash/the dark clouds/the kid screaming over there this moment would be perfect…”

or

…”I forgot to do XYZ! Dang it! I’m such a lousy sibling/parent/friend/employee!”

I’ve learned at least to not resist or get angry at this voice anymore. That just makes it stronger. It’s not my goal to completely erase ever having a negative thought for the rest of my life. (But wow, wouldn’t that be cool!??!) My goal is a little more realistic – at least for me in this lifetime – to not DWELL on the thought and choose to refocus back on what I’m grateful for.

This is the power in the complaint-free challenge. To put your primary focus on gratitude. To move throughout your day in the following ways:

1. Being mindful for what is working:

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2. Acknowledging how your strengths are being utilized:

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3. Recognizing where kindness shows up

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4. Looking for ways to serve more of all that good stuff.

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It’s not hard once you decided to look for it. Would love to hear your thoughts and invite you to share how you’re choosing one less complaint today!

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4 thoughts on “one less complaint

  1. Stuck Sucks says:

    I love this. Good luck! I tried this a few times, and I don’t think I ever made it out of my day one! But you are inspiring me. I may try along with you. 🙂

  2. cate says:

    I was just telling a gal pal today to try and break the comfortable habit of complaining. Instead, flip it!! Like Im so happy I have this money for this bill, Im so happy I have this car to drive to the hospital to see my terminally ill friend, etc…It works, I practice this daily.

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