So many resolutions are rooted in our desire to make new and positive shifts to more satisfying and fulfilling states, while improving our overall sense of optimism. While such a change may seem difficult, it’s actually pretty simple if you’re willing to do one thing for a period of forty days – Boycott all complaining!
These are challenging times and so many people are tired. So many of us lay awake at night, scared and frustrated. Bills are due, tuition is due, relationships are challenging – and we fill ourselves with negative thoughts. You’ll hear average, everyday people echoing statements like, “I’m sick of this”, “I’m tired of that”, “I’m frustrated, my life’s a mess”,” nothing is working”, etc., constantly verbalizing the truth of what they are feeling on the inside, and experiencing on the outside.
What are you verbalizing and meditating on? What words and sentiments are you repeatedly and constantly echoing? Do you know that the act of repeating or doing something over and over again is a form of practice? The definition of practice is: to perform or do habitually or on a recurring basis.
If I were a violinist wanting to improve my skills – I would play regularly and consistently. This would be my practice routine.
When you become your own harshest critic and regularly and consistently remind yourself of your current dissatisfaction with yourself and your life, – you are practicing, just like the violinist. And just as the violinist improves, so do you, you get better and better at being fed up and dissatisfied with the status and quality of your life. As the age-old cliché says, “PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT”.
So go on a ‘complaint boycott’ for 40 consecutive days. No complaining about yourself or others. Give it a shot for 40 days, and if you slip and fall short half way through – Forgive yourself and simply start over – from day number ONE!Share