As an exercise I will post each day one of Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living rules. 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.
Hope you’ll enjoy it and get some worry less enlightenment.
Rule #2 If you have a worry problem, apply the magic formula of preparing to accept the worst case scenario.
Have you ever worried so much that you couldn’t think straight and you felt like surrounded by grey clouds? Accepting the worst case scenario and planning for it is a very powerful tool to bring us back from the grey clouds. It immediately clears your mind and gets you started to work on a solution.
A similar idea was expressed by Lin Yutang in his widely read book, The Importance of Living. “True peace of mind,” said this Chinese philosopher “comes from accepting the worst. Psychologically, I think, it means a release of energy.”
If you have a worry problem, apply the magic formula of Willis H. Carrier by doing these three things
- What is the worst that can possible happen?
- Prepare to accept if you have to?
- Then calmly proceed to improve on the worst.