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The No Complaining Rule

The goal of a No Complaining Week is to become aware of how negative our thoughts and words can be. The objective is to eliminate mindless complaining and negative thoughts as much as possible by replacing them with positive thoughts and positive habits.

Day 1: Monitor Your Thoughts and Words

Spend today monitoring your thoughts and words. You’ll be amazed at the thoughts that pop into your head and come out of your mouth. The key is to become more conscious of what you think and say.

Day 2: Make a Gratitude List

When you wake up in the morning, write a list of the things you are grateful for. When you find yourself wanting to complain, focus on what you are grateful for instead.

Day 3: Take a Thank You Walk

When you wake up in the morning, take a thank you walk. While you’re walking, think of all the things you are grateful for. Try to remember this state of gratitude and carry it with you throughout the day.

Day 4: Focus on the Good Stuff

Today, focus on everything that is right, rather than wrong. Focus on what others are doing right, rather than wrong. Praise instead of criticize. Focus on what you get to do versus what you have to do.

Day 5: Start a Success Journal

Today, write down all the great interactions and accomplishments you have had today. Do this throughout the day and before you go to bed.

Day 6: Let Go

Make a list of the things you would like to complain about.Go through this list and identify the things that are within your control that you have the power to change and identify those things that are beyond your control. Identify possible solutions and a possible action plan to the things that are within your control. Write the word surrender next to the items on your list that are beyond your control.

Day 7: Breathe

Spend 10 minutes in silence. Focus on your breathing while praying or meditating and transform stress into positive energy. Throughout the day, any time you find yourself feeling stressed or wanting to complain, stop for 10 seconds and breathe. Count your breaths and your blessings.

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