It was ironic that I just recently read an article from Jim Rohn entitled, “Don’t Be A Complainer”. It was ironic because, I had the experience of everyone I encountered this particular day was complaining. OMG! It was as if, I was wearing a sign saying “Complaint Stool – Come over and sit down”.
In Jim’s article he refers to complaining as a deadly disease of attitude when if let loose it will conquer you. Yes there is room for legitimate complaining, but if when you enter a crowd and people find a reason to leave, stop and check out what changed in the atmosphere. Nobody like to hang out with a complainer. It’s draining. He states that complaining will lock you out of more opportunities than you can image. Then Jim connects his message to a story from the Old Testament and the Children of Israel and how they complained after leaving Egypt and never made it to the Promised Land.
….. So back to the folks that were complaining. Here is what I did:
- I countered everything they said negative with something positive.
- I just listened hoping they would stop.
- I moved away from the. Dang-it they just followed me.
- I finally let them have the last word and guess what. They left.
After this encounter I was drained, but it reminded me of a few sayings.
“A person can’t argue with themselves”, “It takes 2 to tango”
It was a great reminder for myself as we all do complain at one time or another to be mindful of my words, and my actions and their impact on others.
Here is a video for reference.