I’ve had a really shitty week in all areas of my life, and I’ve found myself complaining a lot. I’ve even caught myself complaining about other people complaining, which I’ve decided – after some careful thought – is pretty standard for me.
The complaining has caught up to me. I woke up yesterday and said, “I’m sick of complaining!” Yes, it was a complaint, but it inspired me to take some action on this issue.
I strongly believe that complaining can be a good thing, but for the most part it just sucks. I just want to spend a few days, weeks or months with zero negative words coming out of my mouth about myself, others, or what’s happening in my life.
I want to start taking action on my life and get to a point where nonsense complaining (the stuff that doesn’t inspire me or help me) isn’t really necessary.
Living A Complaint Free Life
Will Bowen took on a challenge for himself to go 21 days without complaining, and he challenged his congregation to do the same. This also meant no criticizing others and no gossiping.
He used purple bracelets in this challenge and encouraged everyone to wear the bracelet on one wrist and move it to the other wrist every time they complain, gossip, or criticize – which included times that they complained about other people complaining!
You can listen to Will Bowen talk about complaining in the following video.
That is a long video, so I can imagine not everyone will want to watch it. Want a simplified version? You can check out Will’s site, A Complaint Free World here.
This sounds like a challenge I want and need to take. I’m not going to use the purple bracelet right now; instead, I’m going to use a bracelet that I commonly wear. It’s easy to take off and switch to my other wrist, and it reminds me of people who complain all the time, so I think it will work well.
Here’s the thing – he says that it can take about 4 to 8 months to actually go 21 days without complaining. Yikes! I would really like to beat 4 months, but I’m willing to do it as long as it takes.
I want to live in a complaint free world…or at least a world where I hardly furrow my brow and say things that I really don’t need to say, because quite honestly they don’t help me or my happiness.
A Complaint Free World Review
The following review is done by Alexandra Jaye Johnson, who created Rock Your Goddess Life. There were quite a few reviews on the challenge, but she gives a pretty detailed review with some deeper insight into the book and what you can expect during the challenge.
So if you are feeling it, please join me in this challenge. Start whenever you want and see how the effort of trying not to complain can effect or change your life.