The challenge is inspired by a book I'm reading called, A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen. In the book, he makes the argument that stopping all complaining can help you start enjoying the life you always wanted. People wear a purple bracelet as a reminder to not complain and also to share the challenge with others. Can you imagine..a complaint free world?
I picked this book up because I can be a complainer. I am very sensitive about the little aches and pains I feel throughout the day and I noticed, the more I complained about these things, they more they bothered me. The same thing went with complaining about fatigue, complaining about my daily laundry piles, complaining about always picking up after the kids....
The list goes on and on..but the one thing that was certain was that my complaining did nothing to improve what I was complaining about! Instead, what my complaining did was reinforce those negative thoughts and invite MORE negative thoughts to take their place.
So instead, I'm going to stop the complaining, the criticizing and gossiping and I'm going to see what positive thoughts and feelings will take their place! It's a simple idea (not easy, but simple) but it can really make a difference.
Here is the challenge:
- Begin to wear the bracelet on either wrist.
- When you catch yourself complaining, gossiping, or criticizing, move the bracelet to the other wrist and begin again.
- If you hear someone else who is wearing a purple bracelet complain, it's okay to point out their need to switch the bracelet to the other arm; BUT if you're going to do this, you must move your bracelet first! Because you are complaining about their complaining.
- Stay with it. It may take many months to reach 21 consecutive days. The average is 4 to 8 months.
Just leave a comment to this post to enter! I'll pick 5 winners on Wednesday April 25th, 2012!