Key Points from Book: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Shut the doors on the past and the future. Live in day tight compartment

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand

Conquering worry:
What’s the worst that can possibly happen?
Prepare to accept it if you have to
Calmly proceed to improve on the worst

Those who do not know how to fight worry die young- Dr Alexis Carrel

The most relaxing recreating forces are a healthy religion, sleep, music, and laughter. Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love good music, see the funny side of life, and health and happiness will be yours.

Worry have a price to be paid, in terms of health

Problem analysis:
Get the facts, analyze the facts, arrive at a decision, and then act on it

If a man devote his time to securing the facts in an impartial, objective way, his worries will usually evaporate in the light of knowledge – Dean Hawkes

Reducing worries:
What is the problem?
What is the cause of the problem?
What are a possible solutions to the problem?
What solution do you suggest?

Keep busy. The worried person must lose himself in action, lest he wither in despair.

Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember “life is too short to be little”

Lets examine the record. Let’s ask ourselves what are the chances, according to the law of avergaes, that this event I am worrying about will ever occur?

Cooperate with the inevitable

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things i can, and the wisdom to know the difference

Worry about things:
How much does is thing I am worrying about really matter to me?
At what point I should set a stop-loss order on this worry and forget it?
Exactly how much shall i pay for the goods or services? Have I already paid more than it is worth?

Don’t try to saw sawdust. Don’t regret the past

Our life is what our thoughts make it

The mind is it’s own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven

Think and act cheerfully, and you will feel cheerful

Trying to get even with your enemies will hurt you more than them.

Let’s never waster a minute thingking about people we don’t like- general Eisenhower

Jesus helped ten lepers in one day and only one thanked Him.

The only way to find happiness is not to expect gratitude, but to give for the joy of giving.

Gratitude is a cultivated trait.

Count your blessings, not your troubles

Let’s not imitate others. Let’s find ourselves and be ourselves

Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw the mud, the other saw the stars

Profit from your losses

Ich dien- I serve

Forget yourself by becoming interested in others. Every day do a good deed that will put a smile of joy on someone’s face

Faith is one of the forces by which men live and the total absence of it means collapse-william james

Put your troubles in prayer

Unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. No one ever kicks a dead dog

Do the very best you can and then put up your old umbrella and kedp the rain of criticism from running down the back of your neck

Become your own critic, check your data, challenge your reasoning, criticize your conclusions.

Keep a record ofthe fool things we have done and criticize ourselves.

Ask for unbiased, helpful, constructive criticism

You cannot continue to worry if you relax

Rest before you get tired, it often saves your time and energy as well as increase productivity

Taking things out:
Keep a notebook or scrapbook for inspirational reading. Read it when you are feeling down
Don’t dwell too long on the shortcomings of others
Get interested in people
Make up a schedule for tomorrow’s work today
Relax to avoid tension and fatique

Boredom causes fatique.

Boredom is the only real cause of diminution of work- dr. Thorndike

You are tired because of the work you don’t do, not the work you do.

Make your dull job interesting

If you can’t sleep, then work!

Worrying about insomnia usually causes far more damage than sleeplessness

Try prayer and relax, or exercise so hard that you become tired

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Most of your worries will not happen

Scale your problem impact to your life, is it that big?

Accept the inevitable

Live with gusto and enthusiasm. Live every day as if it were the first day you had seen and the last you were going to see.

Be absorbed in something that you lose your worries

See your troubles in their proper perspective. Will you still be worrying in the next two months? Then why worry now?

I stood yesterday, I can stand today. When you have survived the worst, you understand more of what you could do. Is it worse than what you have passed?

Know that God will take care of you, and overcome your worry

When you exercise, your mind is relaxed and free from worry

Try to laugh at your worries.

Have a back up plan to keep out from worry


About Journeyman

A global macro analyst with over four years experience in the financial market, the author began his career as an equity analyst before transitioning to macro research focusing on Emerging Markets at a well-known independent research firm. He read voraciously, spending most of his free time following The Economist magazine and reading topics on finance and self-improvement. When off duty, he works part-time for Getty Images, taking pictures from all over the globe. To date, he has over 1200 pictures over 35 countries being sold through the company.
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