The No Complaining 7 Day Challenge

How often do you complain about others to others? How often do you complain to yourself about your day, your life or your circumstances? Probably way more often than you realize. I want to offer you a 7 day challenge that can change your life. It’s called the “No Complaining 7 Day Challenge.”

The No Complaining 7 Day Challenge

I want you to consciously avoid complaining for a whole week. It will be both the hardest thing you’ve ever done and the most rewarding.

I recently challenged myself to a “no complaining week” and the results were phenomenal. Here are a few lessons I learned:

I had better conversations with others

One of the main reasons I started this challenge was because of an inner dialogue I was having. I was driving home and thinking “I can’t want till I get home so I can complain to my wife about so and so.”

Have you ever done that? Have you ever thought I can’t wait till I can tell someone about someone? I stopped myself and decide I simply wasn’t going to do it. I was going to keep my thoughts to myself.

I stopped coming up with excuses

We also complain to ourselves a bunch too. We rationalize in our own minds why today is a bad day to mow the lawn, go for a jog, or work on that project. I used to have a Post-it note by my computer that read: “Excuses are just lies you tell yourself.” What would happen if your stopped listening to your own excuses for an entire week?

I intentional chose to see the best in others

Another benefit of taking on the No Complaining Challenge is you will begin to see the best in others. You won’t allow yourself to go down the slippery slope of bashing others through complaining. It’s so easy for us to see faults in others while rationalizing our own weaknesses.

I was surprisingly more productive

Complaining zaps more energy and willpower than we realize. When you operate from a place of positivity you will naturally be more productive. Excuses hold us back. Complaining about others takes energy and effort.

My attitude and energy was much higher

Your overall outlook in life will change. When excuses and complaining our removed from your agenda, it will be replaced with more energy and effort. Your positive mindset and attitude just might surprise you!


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    Jonathan has been blogging since 2009 and is still in awe that the Creator of the Universe desires to have a relationship with him. His passions include spending time with his kids, reading, March Madness, surprise get-a-way trips with his wife, and watching funny YouTube videos.

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    7 thoughts on “The No Complaining 7 Day Challenge

    1. Jonathan, how interesting — I was just discussing this with a friend last week. We were talking about how Philippians 2:14 in the Bible says we should do everything without complaining and what that would be like. Since then, I’ve put effort into withholding complaints. It is very challenging.

      I plan to look into this some more. My hope is to become a person who naturally doesn’t complain.

      To change, I’m first going to look at what it would mean to not complain and what the positives would be. Then, I’m going to consider what holds me back from walking in this fully.

      I think this will reveal what other “disciplines” (other than withholding complaints) would work to change my character.

      I had already been thinking of writing a blog post on this. Putting it on my blog post list right now.

    2. Great post Jonathan. I think the habit of complaining is a default habit and settles into our routines so easily, it takes a real moment of clarity to even recognize it is there.

      • “it takes a real moment of clarity to even recognize it is there.” You are exactly right. It was funny when I had the realization while driving in car towards home.

    3. I find I talk about what I focus on. If I am wrapped up in negative thoughts, I tend to complain more. If I can fill my mind with the things I am thankful for, I speak more positively to others. What I focus on completely changes my thought pattern. Great post Jonathan!