One book that has helped quell my worrying is Dale Carnegie's “How To Stop Worrying and Start Living,” and I would like to share these ways to stop worrying based on Dale Carnegie’s top tips. This book was published in 1948 and he wrote it because he was making himself sick with worry. Worrying is one of those things that can snowball out of control and I'm prone to donning my finery and having a dance on the worry float at the worry parade. This book, however, is filled with personal stories by people he knew and demonstrates the negative impact worrying can have on all our lives. It is full of some great tips that I refer to when the worry witch comes a knockin' (which is quite regularly!). Here are some of Dale Carnegie's ways to stop worrying and start living.
1. Live in "Day-tight Compartments"
This is one of the first ways to stop worrying and is one thing I sometimes struggle with. I often find myself thinking about the future and the past, and not only thinking about it but worrying about it. This is natural and we all have a tendency to worry about the yesterdays and tomorrows. Dale Carnegie refers to a quote by Thomas Carlyle which helped the famous physician William Osler overcome his worries: “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” Obviously Dale Carnegie isn’t saying that we shouldn’t plan for the future, but what he does advise is that we should not look towards it with anxiety and not to let things which have happened in the past or things that may happen in the future hold us back. In other words, seize the day!