No Complaining Week Personal Action Plan

Quote of the Week

“If you are complaining about life, it is because you are thinking only about yourself.”
Gordon B. Hinckley

No Complaining Week Personal Action Plan

by Jon Gordon

  • Day 1: Monitor your thoughts and words. You’ll be amazed at the thoughts that pop into your head and come out of your mouth.
  • Day 2: Make a gratitude list. Write a list of things you are thankful for.
  • Day 3: Take a thank-you walk. While you’re walking, think of all the things you are grateful for.
  • Day 4: Focus on the good stuff. Focus on what is right with your life, rather than what is wrong.
  • Day 5: Start a success journal. Write down all the great interactions and accomplishments you have had today.
  • Day 6: Let go. Make a list of the things you would like to complain about. Go through the list and identify the things that are within your control that you have the power to change and identify those things that are beyond your control.
  • Day 7: Breathe. Spend 10 minutes in silence. Throughout the day, anytime you find yourself feeling stressed or wanting to complain, stop for 10 seconds and breathe (Gordon, 2008, p. 129-131).

From: Gordon, Jon (2008). The no complaining rule: positive ways to deal with negativity at work. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call to Action

Following up on what Jon Gordon says, start by becoming aware of your thoughts and words. Just listen to yourself. Then decide what you want to do next. The first step in change is self-awareness.