Aug 122011

People really fear cancer. Cancer is the uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body, which tends to grow and grow until it destroys healthy cells and ultimately one’s body. Given a choice, sane people avoid known¬†carcinogens like Asbestos insulation.

The habit of complaining is a lot more like cancer than people realize. The more one complains, the more the complaints multiply. The dark side of pessimism, the seeds of depression, the viruses of frustration and depression invade one’s brain on the backs of daily complaints. People believe less and less is possible with their life. Complaints are the “Asbestos-like” carcinogen for your mental attitude, and your attitude determines your happiness and success during your life.

Yet few people sincerely try to avoid complaining. It seems harmless to whine about the weather, your spouse, your kids, and your neighbor’s barking dog. It seems harmless to always say things like “I’m fat”, “I’m poor”, “I’m cold”, “I’m hot”, or have an occasional road rage moment, fuming about the idiots in front of you on the interstate. The truth is that it is not harmless at all — complaining is a mental irritant that is growing a cancer within your psyche, one day at a time.

If you want a great life, start with choosing to have a great optimistic attitude. One amazing important step is to stop complaining about everything — and yes, that includes your aching back, the democrats, the republicans, your boss, and your in-laws.

Only a couple of guys have been able to take complaints and monetize them into extreme happiness and financial success and you are not one of them (see above).

Getting out of the complaint cancer habit is not hard to do. Buy a super-tiny little Moleskine booklet at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Put it in your pocket every day and then jot down what you complained about every time you catch yourself expressing one. I know that before you fill up that one tiny book, your complaining habit will be reduced by 95% and your attitude will be at least twice as positive. Its the magic of pale ink.

“It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.”
— Confucius

Stay thirsty and optimistic, my friends,

I.M. Optimism Man

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