Worry is a normal part of our everyday life, but the way we handle stress is what makes the difference.
If you allow stress and worry to take over your life, it will begin to effect your physical and mental well-being.
In reading Dale Carnegie’s “How to stop worrying and start living”, I’ve learned 3 ways in which he expressed Willis H. Carries formula for worrying less.
Here is the Magic Formula:
- 1. Ask yourself “What is the worst that can possibly happen?”
- Analyze the situation fearlessly and honestly and really ask yourself what the worst that could happen as a result of this failure. Staying up all night worrying about the “what if’s” isn’t going to change the situation. All that it’s going to do is keep you up all night, tossing and turning. Don’t waste another sleepless night worrying.
2. Prepare to accept it if you have to.
After figuring out what was the worst that could possibly happen, accept it, if necessary. After discovering the worst that could possibly happen, you can accept it mentally. Accepting the worst will prepare you in having a plan set in place. For example, if your big worry is about losing your job, then what is something you can have in place to avoid the stress if that happens? Maybe saving 3 to 6 months of living expenses in case you lose your job? Having some sort of back up plan in place with your spouse or significate other, or if you live alone and you don’t have enough savings then moving back with mom, dad or someone who you feel comfortable with living for a while till you get back on your feet. Preparing for the worst you will realize that it’s not the end of the world, and that things will be ok.
3. Calmly proceed to improve on the worst.
Forward, you can calmly devote your time and energy to trying to improve upon the worst that has been accepted mentally. It’s extremely important to understand that by having a plan in place and accepting the worst that can happen, you will come to realize that you can handle what comes your way because you have already thought through the worst scenario.
True peace of mind, comes from accepting the worst – Lin Yutang
Do you love life? Do you want to live long and enjoy good health?
Applying this formula will help ease of worrying and give you a way of handling stress when it comes your way, and it will. Having a formula in place will help you mentally, spiritually, and physically.
It’s time to take this oath ” I am not going to worry! I am not going to cry! And if there is anything to mind over matter, I am going to win! I am going to LIVE!”