Have you ever thought about how to stop complaining? Follow along as I try the Complaint Free® challenge (or join me!) and attempt to go 21 consecutive days without complaining.
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I came across the idea of the Complaint Free® challenge a couple months ago. I signed up to try Audible for free and one of the audio books that came up as recommended to me (dang, how did they know??) was Will Bowen’s book A Complaint Free World. The title intrigued me so I looked into it and then downloaded it.
How to stop complaining
The idea is simple but not easy.
Wear a little bracelet on one wrist. When you catch yourself complaining about something, anything, switch the bracelet over to the other wrist. Keep going. The goal is 21 consecutive days without complaining.
I’m going to be brutally open with my feelings and progress (or lack thereof) with this challenge. It might not be very flattering to me but it will be honest.
My first thought when I decided to commit to trying the Complaint Free® challenge:
Followed closely by:
“This is going to suck.”
The irony is not lost on me.
My first thoughts were not:
“This is going to be fun!”
“I love a good challenge!”
“This is going to suck. I can’t imagine not complaining for a whole day, let alone 21 consecutive days. Impossible.”
I realize how much I need this challenge.
What is the Complaint Free® challenge?
Will Bowen’s method on how to stop complaining involves becoming aware of when you are complaining. The reason that the challenge is 21 days is that it is long enough for a new habit to stick. A week sounds more manageable but isn’t usually long enough to ingrain a habit – whether it’s starting a new positive habit like eating more vegetables or dropping a negative habit like smoking.
- If you need help with motivation for new habits, check out this post of 105 quotes for motivation. I will be referring to that post regularly!!
The main tool you will need to do this Complaint Free® challenge other than the book is a purple bracelet.
The premise of the challenge and the bracelet is that very time you catch yourself complaining you move the bracelet to your other wrist. The author said when he started the challenge, he would move the bracelet from wrist to wrist twenty times a day.
The reason a bracelet is used is it is something tangible that will help you be aware of your complaining. The first step to changing any habit is becoming aware of that habit and the bracelet helps with that. If you want to order a bracelet you can do so here. I am using one of my own bracelets because I wanted to start the challenge right away and not wait to get the bracelet in the mail. Also I like my own bracelet 🙂
Follow along or wanna join me?
I will be keeping track of my progress and will post updates on the blog. I’m not sure if I will keep track weekly or monthly but I will be checking in and posting about how I’m doing. I would love if you wanted to join in with me! It’s so much easier to do challenges as part of a community. If you’re interested, you can sign up to try Audible for free here and download your audio book. If you’re more of a physical book person (usually me!) you can get the book here.
Want to see how the first week went?
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