I read the most fascinating quote today and it inspired this post. The quote said:
"The next time you have the urge to complain, stop and ask yourself what it is you truly want. Do you just want to complain or do you want to improve your situation? Somewhere within each complaint is a genuine desire to improve things, but the complaint by itself is never enough to make it happen. So make the choice not to aggravate a bad situation with your complaints. Choose instead to improve it with your positive thoughts, ideas and actions.It is time to do something positive."
It came from Inspiring and Positive Quotes which you can follow on Facebook. This inspired me because it's far too often that we choose to complain about a situation instead of trying to change it. In one of the classes I taught, I ended by telling the group that if I could sum up the three weeks of classes we had into one statement, it would be, "If what you're doing isn't working, change what you're doing." Doesn't this inspiring quote say the same thing?
The next time you complain about work, think about whether you're complaining just to complain or if you want to make a change. When I worked for Corporate America, there was a big push for positivity in teams. Why is this? It's because so many people were found complaining. What I said then and still maintain today is that it's your choice to work for that team, that company, in that position or in that career. No, you can't make a change overnight, but you can decide on your dream and make a change for the better.
Think about your next complaint and really, honestly ask yourself, "Do you want to improve or do you want to complain?" The choice is yours. Dream big and let's make it happen together!
Karen Becker is an author, speaker and personal growth coach. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling and applies these skills when coaching clients. She has years of experience coaching clients in all areas of life: parenting, co-parenting after divorce and in personal growth/wellness. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.