Don’t find fault—find a remedy.
— Henry Ford
TURN COMPLAINTS INTO REQUESTS OR ACTION
One of the most powerful moves you can make in your year of conscious living is learning to turn your complaints into requests or action. Think about it for a moment: If every ounce of energy human beings use in complaining was dedicated to productive change, we could clear up many of the world’s problems virtually overnight. It takes courage to turn a complaint into a request or effective action. It requires that you think about what needs to be done rather than about what wasn’t done. It requires that you get outside the negative-thinking cycle of “What’s wrong with me? What’s wrong with you? What’s wrong with the world?” and make a courageous leap of thought to “Forget what’s wrong—let’s focus on what needs to be done.”
A CONSCIOUS LIVING PRACTICE FOR TODAY – APRIL 1
Think about some of the complaints you’ve voiced recently. Were they complaints about yourself? Or were they complaints about other people? The world itself? Focusing on two or three key complaints, shift them to action steps or requests. For example, if one of your complaints is the quality of a road you drive on, write a note to the highway department requesting that it be fixed (or else enjoy the bumpy ride).
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