A recent quote I read stated, “No one living has enough emotion and vigor to fight the inevitable and, at the same time, enough left over to create a new life. Choose one or the other. You can either bend with the inevitable sleetstorms of life or you can resist them and break!” Dale Carnegie
If you are facing something that worries you and it is distracting you from operating at your full potential, you owe it to yourself and to those around you to apply the quote above to your life or situation. Four things that I use from Mr. Carnegie’s book to remind myself of this and help me to apply it to my life are:
- Determine what the worst possible outcome is in the current worry/situation.
- Determine what you are prepared to do as a result of that outcome.
- Begin to work from that point and build positive ground from there.
- Anything other than the worst possible outcome becomes a bonus and less work/worry for you.
Once you answer “What is the absolute worst that can happen?” you begin to realize what you can realistically do about it. If there is nothing to be done, then put it to the side in your mind and go on with your life. “Co-operate with the inevitable” as the author puts it.
Even in the simplest worrisome situations, this will greatly reduce your stress and help you to become more effective and efficient. But, you have to practice!
If you haven’t read Dale Carnegie’s “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, I recommend it.