The 3 C’s

Growing up I learned about the 3 C’s. They are: Don’t Complain, Don’t Criticize, and Don’t Compare. I have tried really hard to not do these three things in my life, but it seems the harder I try, the more I do them. This morning while thinking about this problem, I had a thought that I am going to experiment with. First – the thought. The mind may have a difficult time understanding “don’t” and so just drops that part. If this is true, then whenever I tell myself these 3 C’s, it drops the “don’t” and that is why I find myself complaining, criticizing, and comparing.  Or maybe my mind is trying to obey but misses the “don’t” part and just focuses on the action part of the command. I have decided to experiment to see if this is true, so this morning I looked through my dictionary and wrote down a lot of positive C words. It was hard to narrow it down to just three, but I wanted to choose three that felt the most empowering to me. I ended up putting two together so I kind of have four words, but they went together well. Also, one of the other words covered several other words I was thinking of so I thought that was the best word too. So, my new 3 C’s are: I am a Conscious Creator (meaning I am awake and alert and aware how everything I think about and do is creating something in my life – either positive or negative), I am a Christian (meaning I believe in Jesus Christ and want to be like Him), and I have the power of Choice (meaning if I am not happy with something, I can choose to change – even if it is just my attitude). I really believe that what I think about I become, so it makes sense to me that if I keep these three C’s in my mind I will become these things – even if I am not there yet. And I hope that a side benefit of the three positive C’s is that I won’t feel the need to complain, criticize or compare anymore. I’ll let you know if it works.

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  1. Brad

    I agree that it is always more productive to think about what you want to do rather than what you don’t want to do.

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