Monday Motivation: Stop Fucking Complaining

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Let's talk about complaining for a minute. Everyone does it. EVERYONE. And on some level I think we need that. It's a release. I know for me 90% of the time when I'm frustrated or angry, just taking five minutes to word-vomit to Ben makes me feel better. Then the feeling has passed and I can get on with my life. 

But then there are the times we get stuck in our own viscous cycle. We start complaining about something - anything - and we can't stop. It consumes us. It becomes toxic. 

Then there are the people who like to complain just to complain. Its their thing. Like, they own that shit.

One of the Captains at work has taken to calling me Little Miss Sunshine because when I show up for work I'm in a good mood and smiling (read: some days are better than others...). Now, that doesn't mean I don't have shit going on in my life. That doesn't mean I don't have a laundry list of things I could be complaining about, just like everyone else on this planet.

But what it does mean is that I actively CHOOSE to be in a good mood when I show up. And believe me... it is not always easy. I have a job, a business, a husband, kids, friends... and all of them deserve my attention. Which means life gets crazy sometimes. But I have found that choosing to have a positive outlook on the day at least gets it started right (where it goes from there... well... sometimes its a toss up...). It has become much easier to not let the small things get me down when I am happy and excited about the bigger picture of my life.

There will always be bumps in the road, and as we say in the Fire Service, its not what happens, but how you recover that matters.

Monday Challenge: STOP COMPLAINING. Yep. Its that easy. Think about it - Complaining is literally a ZERO return investment. Try it, even if it is just for today. Unless you are prepared to act on what you are complaining about, don't. Choose to be positive instead. Remind yourself what you are thankful for and list the amazing things happening in your life right now. Then see how you feel. I'm willing to bet you feel better.