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“We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them”

William Arthur Ward

 

 Yesterday I shared an article with you that promoted the good things that could come to you if you extended your network and met more people. There are hundreds of people just like you and me that we haven’t met yet, many who have the potential of being life long friends. That is of course if we let them. The chances of that happening if your focus on yourself and not them is slim and if you are a complainer forget about it.

If you are like I am you get turned off fast when someone you meet wants to complain and tell you what is wrong with others; how they have been treated unfairly and how they are seldom if ever at fault. Possibly some of what they say is true but focusing on the negative and using it as an excuse for not moving away from the past is the quickest way I know to leave a bad impression. Think about it, would you rather relate to someone who expresses a positive view of life and takes an interest in you or would you rather be with someone who is negative and self-centered?

My tip is this, if you about to complain, don’t! Recently I read a piece written by Jon Gordon that may help you if you find yourself tempted to complain. Here in part is what he wrote:

5 Things To Do Instead Of Complain

The one thing I keep hearing from leaders and employees is that complaining is at an all time high. I’m not surprised. There are two main reasons why we complain. 1. We complain because we feel powerless. 2. We complain because it’s a habit. The economy has shaken a lot of people’s foundations and we feel powerless which leads to a rise in habitual complaining.

So this week I want to encourage you to go on a complaining fast. Not because it will make everyone around you happier, although it will, but because it will help you experience more joy, peace, success and positive relationships. To help you break out of a “complaining” rut here are five things you can do instead of complain. These tips will help you realize you are not powerless.

1. Practice Gratitude. Research shows that when we count three blessings a day, we get a measurable boost in happiness that uplifts and energizes us. It’s also physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time. Two thoughts cannot occupy our mind at the same time. If you are focusing on gratitude, you can’t be negative. You can also energize and engage your coworkers by letting them know you are grateful for them and their work.

2. Praise Others. Instead of complaining about what others are doing wrong, start focusing on what they are doing right. Praise them and watch as they create more success as a result. Of course, point out their mistakes so they can learn and grow, but make sure you give three times as much praise as criticism.

3. Focus on Success. Start a success journal. Each night before you go to bed, write down the one great thing about your day. The one great conversation, accomplishment, or win that you are most proud of. Focus on your success, and you’ll look forward to creating more success tomorrow.

4. Let Go. Focus on the things that you have the power to change, and let go of the things that are beyond your control. You’ll be amazed that when you stop trying to control everything, it all somehow works out. Surrender is the answer.

5. Pray. Scientific research shows that daily prayer reduces stress; boosts positive energy; and promotes health, vitality, and longevity. When you are faced with the urge to complain or you are feeling stressed to the max, stop, be still, plug-in to the ultimate power, and recharge.

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Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

Benjamin Franklin

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“What happened to you?” asked the bystander to the man lying on the sidewalk outside of the beauty parlor.

The man shook his head groggily and rubbed his bruised chin.  “Last thing I remember was my wife came out of the beauty salon. I took a look at her and said, ‘Well, honey, at least you tried,’ and I don’t remember anything after that.”

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You know what happens when you play country music backwards? You quit drinking, you get your wife back, you’re rehired and your lost dog comes home.

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Years ago I worked on the UNIVAC I & II which were the follow-on to the Eniac based on the same technology. Here is what Popular Mechanics reported in March 1949 “Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuums tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons.” Today there is much more power in my cell phone.

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“Dogs have owners — Cats have staff.”

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A teacher asked one of the boys in her class, “Can people predict the future with cards?”

His response was, “My mother can.”

The teacher replied, “Really?”

The young boy was quick to explain, “Yes, she takes one look at my report card and tells me what will happen when my father gets home.”

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Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

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One day a guy on a vacation heard of an Indian with an amazing memory, so he decided to visit the Indian and see what the big deal was.

He went to the Indian and asked him, “What did you eat for breakfast on July 2, 1961?”

The Indian replied, “Eggs.”

The same man came back 10 years later to see the Indian again. He greeted him by saying, “How.”

The Indian said, “Fried.”

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Those who say they “sleep like a baby” haven’t got one.

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Two inmates break out of their prison cells and are running across the yard when a guard in one of the towers spots them. Immediately, he sounds an alarm and all the searchlights in all the towers shine on the would-be escapees.

Caught in the light, one hisses to the other, “Don’t just stand there! Smile and start tap dancing!”

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She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.

Mae West

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She said: I was going away for a few days and left my husband a list of chores. For fun, I put down as Item 5: Think about your wife a lot.

After I returned, my husband proudly reported that he had completed every job. When I saw the list, however, each item except No. 5 had been crossed off.

“What’s this!” I exclaimed. “Didn’t you think about me at all while I was gone?”

My chagrin vanished when he replied cheerfully. . .”Hon… I started to, but just never finished.”

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“If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.”

Anthony J. D’Angelo

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

 

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