A new year is a time when many people make resolutions. I imagine that most desire to lose weight, eat healthier or be a better person. Losing weight is my year-round mission. It is unfortunately a constant battle, one that I often lose. I just love food. What can I say? I digress. This is why I am so excited about the 2018 ‘complaining diet’ which should be a cake walk compared to all the diets that came before it.
I was recently reading some CNBC articles and there was an one by Deepak Chopra and Kabir Sehgal, two gentlemen with extensive backgrounds on a multitude of subjects. The article was called, Going On A ‘Complaint Diet’ Will Make Your More Successful in 2018. The focus was on breaking a bad habit that many of us have, including your’s truly, of excessive complaining.
The first point is that complaining is really just a bad habit. I am sure you know a person that complains a lot and you could probably think of many others that don’t complain at all. The thing is that this makes you become a Debbie downer and you become trained to always be looking for things to complain about. I could totally relate to this to this complaint cycle.
I have noticed lately that my tolerance for other people’s obnoxious use of technology makes me psychotic. This happens a lot when I am on the train to work. The guy next to me will be sending a text and he has his volume on his phone so I have to endure beep-beep-beep-beep every time he hits the keyboard. I just can’t. Or the guy who thinks it is okay to watch a video at full volume with 100 other people around. Or the guy that listens to music at some ungodly decibel with his headphones on. The worst part is that the people often don’t even realize and they just don’t care because why should they care about me or anyone else for that matter? This can last for my entire train ride and by the time I get off the train I am ready to murder someone. This is not a good way for me to start or finish my day. Can you relate to this?
The second point is that complaining is unhealthy because it causes you to stress and gets your hormones all out of whack. Yes, this is real. It also causes you to lose friends because they can’t bear to listen to an excessive complainer…it just gets too annoying. The article goes on to say that it is time for a reset with the help of the ‘complaint diet.’ Makes sense, right?
The last and most important point of the article was where the authors identified the 4 critical ingredients to a successful ‘complaint diet.’ By following these steps, you will focus on the positive and not the negative.
- Close your eyes and notice how you feel when there is a complaint brewing.
- Realize that you probably can’t do much about the issue at hand.
- Breath in and breath out and just let it go. Serenity now (Seinfeld reference.) Ahhhhhhh! Doesn’t that feel good?
- Repeat to yourself that for which you are grateful. (Optional).
If you ask me, this doesn’t sound all that hard. I am going to start this right now and I expect the complaint lbs. to drop quickly. I hope you try it too if this applies to you. Finally, please note that this was not aimed at any of my customers at all as we don’t get any complaints EVER! Have a great week and let me know how you progress on the easiest diet ever.
P.S. In light of this blog post, I will not complain, nor will I accept complaints either. So please complain to someone else. This complaint hotline is closed.
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