I have started the 21-day challenge to become complaint free inspired after listening to a podcast from Tim Ferriss, the details of which I have provided in my earlier post. In one way this post is an update of what I have done after listening to the podcast.
The first thing that I did was to use a bracelet that I found in my home to start the 21-day challenge. Then I got the book, “A Complaint Free World. TAKE THE 21-DAY CHALLENGE” by Will Bowen from the local library. This book was an easy read and so I was able to finish it over the weekend. I am planning to write a detailed book review of this in a later post but for now let me say that this is a book that I will add to my personal library so that I can read it at least once in 3 months.
After reading the book, I ordered the bracelets from the website, www.complaintfreeworld.biz. They come in a pack of 10 for $10. I have already received these bracelets and the bracelet is now on my wrist as I type this, a constant reminder to become complaint free. My 9-year old daughter was curious of why I was wearing a bracelet. When I explained all of this to her, she started wearing one too. So, we are now doing this as a team.
Since I had eight more bracelets to share, I was looking for a way to give these away. It so happened that yesterday my daughter was going to have a lunch with her school principal because she was selected for some award along with a bunch of her school mates. I remembered reading in the book how schools were also taking up this challenge. So, I thought this was a good opportunity to introduce this challenge to her school as well. I found on the website www.acomplaintfreeworld.org a pdf for kids titled, “Complaint Free Kids, A curriculum for positive transformation [levels K-12]”. I printed this pdf out and sent 3 bracelets to her principal.
Here are the simple rules for wearing this bracelet taken from the book.
1. Begin to wear the bracelet, on either wrist.
2. When you catch yourself complaining, gossiping, or criticizing, move the bracelet to the other arm and start your 21 days over again at day one.
3. If you hear someone else complain, you may 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
4. Stay with it. The average person takes 4-8 months to go 21 consecutive days Complaint Free
The quote below will explain what complaining is and why it is not in the best possible way.
“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 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, “A New Earth”
Also, here is the actual meaning of the word complain.
Complain:(verb) to express grief, pain, or discontent
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary
With this inspiration and information, I have started my journey towards becoming complaint free and start enjoying the life I always wanted. I am currently in the eighth day of the challenge but I have started the count again yesterday. So, 8-days duration of the challenge in which I went four days consecutively without complaining but have started over from yesterday. I want to be above average and take less than 4 months to go complaint free for 21 consecutive days.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day