It’s a brand new year—time to resolve to live life to its fullest, and stop worrying so much. A small amount of worry is natural—it keeps us on our toes and helps us prepare for the unexpected in life. Too much worry, however, leads to an overdose of stress and a day-to-day existence that’s just plain miserable.
In 1948, renowned writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) published How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Since then, this wildly successful book has sold over six million copies, suggesting that anxiety is just as prevalent as it was in the 1940s. Carnegie's book offers practice advice on how to reduce worry and get the most out of life, by encouraging readers to become more self-aware and more aware of others around them.Taken from the book, these rules will help you begin focusing on what’s important, so that you can eliminate worry and start living:
1. Do not imitate others.
2. Apply these four good working habits:
a. Clear your desk of all papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand.
b. Do things in order of their importance.
c. When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have the facts necessary to make a
d. Learn to organize, deputize, and supervise.
3. Learn to relax at work.
4. Put enthusiasm into your work.
5. Count your blessings—not your troubles.
6. Remember that unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment.
7. Do the very best you can.
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