Are you ready to take a step forward in designing a less complicated life? Yep, that’s right, I’m talking to YOU.
Today is the day to start changing your life by recognizing the beliefs that make your life more complicated and less fulfilling than it needs to be. Today is the day to take the STOP COMPLAINING CHALLENGE.
Here’s how simple it is. First, choose one day or, if you’re feeling bold, one week. Then, decide if you want to go it alone or bring a partner into the mix. Preferably someone who will hold you accountable, and whom you can call out when their comments slip into complaints. The third step is to set aside money. It could be pence, pounds, euros, kroner or dollars and cents. It’s not the amount or type of currency that matters.
As a fair warning, I’m going to suggest that you set aside more money than you think you’ll need. So, if quarters is your choice, you may want to stop by the bank to pick up a roll, or two. Okay, maybe three. Or, if choose dollar bills, a wad of strip-club singles may not be enough. Here’s why. As most of us go about our daily lives we’re hustling about on auto pilot. Seemingly innocent complaints fly out of our mouths more frequently than we realize. That’s why it can be helpful to have a partner who can help call you out on what feels like simple daily conversation. They’ll let you know if you’re comment about the weather drifts into a complaint about how flippin’ dreary it is.
This challenge uses the same principle as the swear jar. Every time a complaint sails across your lips, you place the currency of your choice in a makeshift swear jar.
Now, here’s the best part. At the end of the day, or week, you take the money and give it to someone YOU choose. Not a charity that spends 90 percent of the donations they receive on advertising and salaries, but to someone you feel could use a helping hand, or is deserving of a special treat. Whether it’s the bag boy at the grocery store that you know is working two jobs to put himself through college, the young woman at your morning coffee stop who greets you with a smile everyday, or an elderly gentleman on your block who is struggling to get by, essentially, it’s a gift from your heart to theirs.
I think you’ll be amazed how your perspective changes and you start to think before you speak. I believe you’ll find that your mood changes for the better and you’ll want to continue to choose positive words and keep an open heart.
I’d love to hear how you did. Please feel free to share your experiences and kind gestures.