Personal Experimenting: Stop complaining
Last week I came home and there was a box for me with 10 purple bracelets in it. That was the day I started a challenge.
Those bracelets are from AComplaintFreeWorld.org, an organization which tries to get rid of all the complaining in the world. The idea is you wear a bracelet and everytime you complain you switch the wrist you are wearing the bracelet on. You do this until you are free of complaining 21 days in a row!
Why 21 days?
21 days is the amount of days needed to change a habit. That is why. 21 days sounds easy, but this means 21 days without complaining. It takes usually between 4-10 months to be 21 days complaint free! So this will be a nice challenge.
I consider myself as a fairly positive person, which means that I hope to be complaint-free within 7 months. That is my personal goal.
What is a complaint?
I want to define the word complaint perfectly before I start this challenge. Luckily, Tim Ferriss already did. He says: ‘A complaint is: “Describing an event or person negatively without indicating next steps to fix the problem.” Of course, the last couple of words normally aren’t in the definition of a complaint, but now it is.
Because I don’t try to stop complaining over here. I try to change my mindset. I want to stop thinking in impossibilities and start thinking in solutions and in possibilities. That is why I want to get rid of complaints. That is why I am wearing this bracelet.
So an example: “Alex is always late, what a douchebag.” This would be a complaint, which means switching wrists. But “Alex is always late, I’m going to ask him if he could be on time more” wouldn’t be a complaint and the bracelet can remain on the same wrist.
I am now (when writing this) a week in and the bracelet hasn’t been on one arm for more than a day. Yes this is pretty hard. Doesn’t matter, a challenge isn’t a challenge without being hard. A nice experiment.
Get them yourself!
Are you interested in this experiment as well? Head over to AComplaintFreeWorld.org and order a set of bracelets for yourself! 10$ for 10 bracelets, pretty nice right? This includes shipping and everything. Or even get the book: A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted. I am giving away one set of bracelets to another experimenteer! See the video below for more details.
As every real experiment, there need to be logging. I will do that at BrainVault.net, a site dedicated to personal experimenting owned by my friend Ibrahim Husain, who is also the guy behind TwentiesLife.com. As you can see, the post I published over there is similar to this one, I will log everything over there. So if you want to follow me doing this challenge, please subscribe over there. You can also subscribe at YouTube, as I will do videos every once in a while about the challenge.
I am excited, check out the video below. Also in order to win these bracelets yourself!
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Stefan Knapen is the founder and big boss of StudySuccessful.com. As a 21 year old med student he is trying to become more productive, more successful and more awesome overall in life. Stefan loves coffee, but tea as well. He is currently busy building niche sites and start to create a full-time passive (student) income on the internet!
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