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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living?

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living?
The habit of worry has limited the real abilities of individuals Sohaib Riaz Khan

Dale Carnegie has emphasized the outcomes of “Worry” as this habit has been responsible for many diseases such as stomach ulcers, depression, anxiety, blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, cancer, or any other disease aggravated by this one disease of worry.

Worry, Worry, Worry, this five-letter word has caused more disasters across the globe than all the wars battled together since the beginning of the human race. The habit of worry has limited the real abilities of individuals as quoted by Dr. Alexis Carrel “Businessmen who do not know how to fight worry; die young” in the book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie” written in 1948. This book is a blueprint explaining the reasons, outcomes, and most importantly the proven remedies to fight worry.

About the Author:

Dale Carnegie was an American writer, trainer, and lecturer born in the late 19th century who pioneered the field of success psychology and public speaking. Born in an era of social and economic turmoil witnessing World Wars, and the Great Depression, and on top of millions of people have been the victim of anxiety caused by worries and fears. Mr. Carnegie looked spent his life researching to overcome the habit of worry and has written the masterpiece “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” along with “How to Win Friends and Influence People” written in 1936. Dale Carnegie has inspired millions of individuals to overcome their personal or professional problems and his work would be considered a great contribution to the service of the entire human race.

Summary of the Book:

Dale Carnegie has emphasized the outcomes of “Worry” as this habit has been responsible for many diseases such as stomach ulcers, depression, anxiety, blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, cancer, or any other disease aggravated by this one disease of worry. Dale Carnegie has not only highlighted such disastrous outcomes of Worry but he has prescribed a remedy to cure the whole human race of this disease. The book focuses on the golden rules that can keep people from the habit of worry while Dale Carnegie has not soured the essence of the book by limiting it to the life stories of successful; indeed, the USP of the book is the fact that there are personal stories of many unknown individuals who have faced worry and the processes to overcome this habit becoming better and successful people. The stories of such unknown individuals would allow every single reader to relate, get inspired, and eventually get rid of this disease.

Key Points:

The book not only highlights the causes of “Worry” but also addresses the solutions in terms of overcoming the habit. The following points can be referred to as the key ones in such regard:

  • The fundamental facts that everyone must know about worry.
  • Basic Techniques in Analyzing Worry.
  • How to break the worry habit before it breaks you?
  • The golden rule of conquering worry.
  • How to keep from worrying about criticism?

Apart from the above-mentioned steps to understand and overcome worry, Dale Carnegie has also enlisted a day plan that will keep us all from worrying and take us on the road to success, happiness, and above all living:

Just for Today:

Dale Carnegie has listed a fool-proof to-do list that every individual may paste on the mirror of the bathroom and read at the start of every single day.

For the complete guideline click here; however, a couple of activities are as follows:

  1. Just for today, I will be happy. Happiness is from within; it is not a matter of externals.
  2. Just for today, I will try myself to what is, and not try everything to my own desire. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself into them.
  3. Just for today, I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration.
  4. Just for today, I will be unafraid, especially because I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me.

Golden Rules to Overcome Worry:

Dale Carnegie has prescribed remedies to overcome the habit of worry and to start living in the form of golden rules as some of the rules are listed below;

  • Shut the iron doors on the past and the future. Live in Day-tight Compartments.
  • Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health. Businessmen who do not know how to fight worry and die young.
  • Keep busy. The worried person must lose himself in action, lest be withered in despair.
  • Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Life is too short to be too little.
  • Co-operate with the inevitable.
  • Let’s not imitate others. Let’s find ourselves and be ourselves.
  • When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make lemonade.

These above-stated rules can help any individual to overcome the habit of worry; however, to read all rules, please click here:

The Best Quotes:

Dale Carnegie has used many quotes from great philosophers, political leaders, and social activists such as Marcus Aurelius, Confucius, Socrates, Plato, Abraham Lincoln, Al Smith, and Aristotle to inspire us all. A few of the best quotes are listed as follows;

  • Every day is a new day for a wise man.
  • An angry man is full of poison.
  • A problem well-stated is a problem half-solved.
  • Teach me neither to cry for the moon nor over spilt milk.
  • Our life is what our thoughts make it.
  • To be wronged or robbed is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
  • When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.

To read more quotes from the book, please click here;

Conclusion:

It can be well-concluded that Dale Carnegie found the treatment of worry in 1948; however, he has referred that there is nothing new stated in this book apart from telling the stories of many individuals who executed small adjustments and achieved bigger results. The real remedy of the disease is self-motivation while the book refers to the stories of many well-known and unknown individuals to inspire us and many of the generations to come. The secret of success lies not in listening to such inspiring stories but to apply the learnings in our own lives that make a difference between a “doer” and a “non-doer” achieving happiness does not lie in achieving bigger goals but in smaller milestones on daily basis leading to a happy (successful) life. This book can be considered the golden book to overcome worry and to start living a happy life and if this book cannot inspire any of us then I wonder what would.

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