I started this yesterday (November 30) and I’m going to continue throughout the rest of December.
The No Negativity Challenge
No talking crap about people, in print or in person.
No talking crap about things, in print or in person.
Note: if I’m writing a post like this one it has to have a positive, more helpful, slant.
No cynical statements in print or in person.
No negative conversations with people via Skype, Gchat, etc.
No sarcasm. Often sarcasm has a negative connotation. Certain people can pull it off as funny and not negative. Easier to refrain altogether.
No complaining. (I don’t complain like I used to, but I still probably complain about something every day.)
Side challenge: Don’t read negative articles/essays. Which will be especially tough. (Whoops, is that a negative statement?) I’m using Self Control App for Mac to block CNN.com and Reddit.com. I can do it for 24 hours at a time so I just have to restart the app once per day. If I find I’m browsing other sites that go against this I’ll add them to the block list, but CNN and Reddit are my main culprits.
The goal here isn’t necessarily to become a Pollyanna. I don’t expect to completely stop negative thoughts/feelings. The goal is to simply be conscious of negative thoughts/feelings/actions and to stop them as they materialize.
I think it will get easier over time. And I think I’ll have a generally more positive outlook on things. In addition, I still do my daily gratitude (been doing this since 2011), though I’ve updated the way I do it which I’ll talk about soon. The daily gratitude helps a lot with realizing how good our lives are even in down times.
Note to my friends who read this: please call me out if I say or do something negative.
If you’d like to join let me know in the comments or send me an e-mail. I’d especially like to hear from you at the end of the month to see how it went.
1: Added news.google.com to the Self Control app list.
2: Adding news.google.com to Self Control blocks Google Drive, Google Reader, and Google Maps. Oops! Will remove it from the list tomorrow and simply force myself to not visit.
3: You can tweak Self Control and increase the time beyond 1 day. I currently have it set to 2 days, just in case I have another Google News mishap with a different site.