Little Step # 2 – No More Excuses!
Part 2 of 7-part series
DISCOVER – RECOVER – REVISE
~ When June whispers, “Take responsibility for your life!” ~
OK, so you have been making a ton of excuses about why your life is not what you want it to be!
Yes, I can just hear you now – complaining about all the things you don’t like, even the weather! And, along with that, we get caught up in passing along a tidbit of gossip, and we criticize others as well as our self. Isn’t it time to take control of all this, turn it around, and make the CHANGE in our life that will be meaningful not only to ourselves, our families, and the world we live in?
Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Are you ready to stop the complaining? Gossiping? Criticizing? Ready to begin taking the next step in the direction to change all that?
An easy thing to do? Oh, gosh, it sure is not easy. Right now, I have completed the book “A Complaint Free World,” and you can find out more about this movement by going to the website: www.AComplaintFreeWorld.org
I joined the challenge – and I am wearing the PURPLE BRACELET every day. Every time I find myself uttering words that are complaints, gossip or criticism, I have to move the bracelet to the other arm. The goal is to have 21 complaint free days in a row – the bracelet must stay in place on one arm for 21 days! That is the number of days it takes to begin a new habit. I will tell you the average person takes 4 to 8 months to achieve this goal. After a month, I have had only TWO complaint free days in a row. But I am determined to live a complaint free life and I will keep on going with this challenge no matter how long it takes. I purchased 10 of the bracelets because I knew it would take me quite awhile to change my speech patterns! You will be surprised at how many times you utter words or comments that are not complimentary, critical, or even gossip once you begin this challenge for chang.
It takes 21 days to form a NEW HABIT –
It’s a kind of unease, deep down inside of you. You will feel some disappointments in yourself and even a longing for change. You begin to realize it’s in your hands to make this change. Only you can learn to get your tongue under control.
June is the perfect month to consider the elimination of your excuses – Ask yourself, What has kept me from experiencing a satisfying life. Let’s make June as a time of NEW BEGINNINGS!
Think about what you personally CAN do and take action. Write DOWN what you WILL do. Put little reminders all around your house – write your INTENTIONS on sticky notes, and put them where you will see them all the time. Keep them in the forefront of your mind. If you are visually impaired, as I am, a reminder like my purple bracelet keeps me on target. I reach over and touch it, move it around, and remember my goal to stay positive today. Learning to keep silent is difficult. Learning to use wisdom and grace instead of quickly stating your own opinion on a matter is something we all can learn to do. But we have to stay focused on our intention to be complaint free all the time.
Ask yourself what you WILL do, and then listen for the response. Learn to be quiet and listen to your spirit.
Don’t worry; it won’t be something beyond your capabilities!
The CHANGES you MAKE will be little steps that come when you learn to remain quiet and have a sense of waiting on God for your leading throughout each day.
See where YOUR LITTLE STEPS take you.
I can promise you, your journey to be complaint-free will be just perfect FOR YOU
and YOUR personal talents and passions in life.
You may like to read: A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen.
This challenge is an eye-opener when you actually begin to make the changes. – well, lets just say, it is quite revealing. Will you join ME in making life changes in your world? If you do, let me know how it’s going for you. We can keep each other encouraged as we CHANGE our WORLD. No More Excuses for Us !
Proverbs 13:3 English Standard Version (ESV)