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The 21 day stop complaining challenge

on 12 September 2015

After reading that title do you think it’s even possible? My sweet friend invited me to the challenge two days ago but I didn’t see the notification until today. Yesterday was blown as I had a few complaints about my oldest child’s behaviour. Today I had a disagreement with him as he got ready for school. His first official “I’m there more then two days back to school week.” Coupled with his little brother going to preschool has made this an emotionally charged week for us all. So when I saw the invitation waiting for me in my inbox I was intrigued instantly. 

So I go back to my original question is this even possible? Yes I believe so with a lot of perseverance and willpower. I decided I would be mindful today and for the next 19 days I would vigilant to stop myself from complaining. With this being my introduction I’m finding this very hard, I messaged another friend for accountability. I even had to unplug for the afternoon because what I was reading was creating judgements and complaints in me. 

I know this is important to me to at least make an effort so if I complain verbally, I will have to do 10 burpees. To me that’s one of the worst exercises known to mankind. So every time I break my pledge to be complaint free I will be a burpee, sore, sweaty mess! I’ve found as soon as I decided to commit to this challenge all reasons for me to complain came in like a gale force wind. I had to unplug from the Internet and all its triggers. I was constantly surprised of my reactions  of everything I was reading. I had to shout stop the sanity can’t we all just get along? Can we appeal to our angels of nature and spread kindness instead of ugliness? 

Why do people have to be keyboard warriors than supporters online? I was once told whatever anyone thinks about you is none of your business. It’s so true it really isn’t and I can happily go on the rest of my life not knowing. But all you have to do if you’re feeling bored, ignored, or curious is state an opinion whether digital or print and then you know what everyone thinks of you and then some! I have found I’m a complainer I see too many rainy or cold days and I complain, I stub my toe in the dead of the night making my way to the bathroom I loudly complain. 

This challenge has taught me in literally one day how much I need to change that knee jerk reaction to life. I can think of these next days as challenging and the universe will make sure I get what I expect. Or I can think of this as a way for me to be mindful, kind, and a more positive person to be around. I’m going to document this challenge and see the changes it brings out on me. We all can make a difference in the world and if it starts with something as simple as changing a thought, curbing my tongue, and not having to do another burpee as punishment then I’m all for it! So who’s with me? It’s never to late to spread a little love and kindness to everyone you encounter. You can sign up at Stop Complaining 21 day challenge where’s there’s accountability and a support. Thank you! 

16 Responses to “The 21 day stop complaining challenge”

  1. holley4734 says:

    Maybe. I’m afraid that I will complain about not being able to complain. It’s worth a shot, right?! 😉

    • jsackmom says:

      Absolutely worth a shot Holly! The most important thing is recognizing a complaint pattern and reaffirming yourself and choosing more positive thoughts and reactions. I slipped today for 5 mins so I have to do 5 burpees. I can’t stand them so I will watch myself more closely today. ?

  2. This is such a great idea! I might need to give it a go myself!

  3. Oh, I need to do this! Good luck to you!

  4. I feel like this post was written TO me lol! I think I invented the term keyboard warrior… 😉

    Good luck with this! I could never do it, obviously!

    • jsackmom says:

      Oh well I take that as the highest compliment thank you! It has been challenging but I’m learning to redirect my thoughts and feelings. Today has been a struggle I won’t kid you, but I self reflect to do better and change my reaction next time. I’d rather do that than burpees any day. ?

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