How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Rule #1

I recently picked up Dale Carnegie’s bestseller How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. This book was written in the 30s and is still of great popularity. The book offers a set of practical formulas to help overcome worry which are said to last a lifetime. As a self-improvement geek I was intrigued. I am not a big worrier, but there is always something to learn to live more in the moment.

As an exercise I will post each day one of Dale Carnegie’s not to worry rules for some discussion. Hope you’ll enjoy it and get some worry less enlightenment.

Photo credit to Carnegie Coach
Photo credit to Carnegie Coach


Rule #1 Shut the door on the past and the future. Live in Day-tight Compartments.

A day tight compartment is like the waterproof doors on a boat. They keep out the past and future so that you can focus and enjoy the present. After all today is all what we have…just live each day until bedtime.

Ask yourself the below questions and write down the answers:

  • Do I tend to put off living in the present in order to worry about the future, or to yearn for some “magical rose garden over the horizon”?
  • Do I sometimes embitter the present by regretting things that happened in the past – that are over and done with?
  • Do I get up in the morning determined to “Seize the day”- to get utmost out of these twenty-four hours?
  • Can I get more out of life by living in day-tight compartments”?
  • When shall I start to do this? Next week? Tomorrow?…Today?


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