Starting to Untangle from Complaining

Welcome to Day 3 of the 2nd Starting to Untangle from Draining Habits 7-day Challenge.

Over 7 days, we are bringing awareness to different habits that cause undue stress or anxiety in our lives. At the end of each post, we share with you one simple step you can take to start to untangle the draining habit.

So far we have brought awareness to control and approval addiction.

Today we are going to focus on the habit of complaining.

So let’s get started…

Draining Habit #3: Complaining

Before we start untangling from complaining, let’s make sure we are on the same page.

In the book, Complaint Free World, the author Will Bowen refers to complaining as talking about things you don’t want, rather than things you do want (i.e. complaining, criticising or gossiping).

“Complaining is not to be confused with informing someone of a mistake or deficiency so that it can be put right. And to refrain from complaining doesn’t necessarily mean putting up with bad quality or behavior. There is no ego in telling the waiter that your soup is cold and needs to be heated up – if you stick to the facts, which are always neutral. “How dare you serve me cold soup…” That’s complaining.” – Eckhart Tolle

Challenge: Starting to Untangle from Complaining –

As you go through your day today, notice when you complain. Your complaints could be about people, situations, events, the environment or ???

Don’t worry the majority of us complain, so quit judging yourself 🙂 This is about bringing awareness to what is going on.

At the end of the day (once you have some awareness about your complaints), you can then decide what your next step is going to be – are you going to make a commitment to start to break up with complaining or continue complaining.

Remember “Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor Frankl.


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