Day 3 of the Complaint-Free Challenge

I’m on Day 3 of my Complaint Free World Challenge. I downloaded the Complaint Free World widget onto my desktop and it lets me know what day I’m on. If I slip up and complain, the count can be started over. On the first day, there was an inspirational quote alongside the number and I thought that would continue, but I haven’t seen a quote since the first day. This might be related to how I have my Internet browser set up.

It’s not easy, but I am catching myself when negative comments start to come out of my mouth. I’ll admit that I plan to go through this program twice. During the first run-through, I am focusing on not being judgmental, snapping, or raising my voice. If I can make it 21 days keeping my temper under control and being more patient, then I’ll be thrilled. While I am trying to watch smaller complaints, (i.e oh no, it’s raining again!) I feel that I need to focus on the big picture first. So once I reach 21 days, I will start over and expand my goals to include the smaller complaints.

For those who missed my earlier blog post, Failing, and Trying Again at the Complaint-Free World Challenge, scientists believe it takes 21 days to form a new habit and complaining is habitual for most of us. The purple Complaint Free World bracelet is a powerful tool to remind you of how well you are creating your life with positive intention. If you catch yourself complaining, you move the bracelet to your other arm and start back to Day One. The object is to reach 21 consecutive complaint-free days. I am using my own bracelets, which I bought on vacation this summer as looking at them puts me in a positive frame of mind.

I don’t think I can make it 21 days through sheer will alone (it just hasn’t worked for me in the past), but I have found some great motivational books on my Kindle which are providing me with tools and food for thought. I will share some of those books in the coming weeks.

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  1. It’s hard, isn’t it? Kudos to you for trying to change old habits. I hope you’re right about the 21 days, because I’m trying to change a couple of habits too (like eating too much). 😀

  2. It is hard. I had to start back to Day 1 yesterday as I responded to something a little more sarcastically than I would have liked. Good luck with your goals, too! Maybe counting days and using the bracelet method to start over might work for you also. I’m reading a good book about changing habits – the name escapes me right now, but I will blog about it soon.

Stacy Juba