Thursday, March 24, 2016

How to stop worrying and start living

Review of How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie.

In 1913 Dale Carnegie began teaching a course at a YMCA in New York City on how to help men communicate more effectively. Carnegie wrote about many of these techniques in his well known book, How To Win Friends and Influence People.

How to Stop Worrying

Another book Carnegie wrote is How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-tested methods for conquering worry. I first learned about this book when I participated in the Dale Carnegie Course on Effective Communications and Human Relations, a twelve-class series on improving communication techniques, working more effectively with others, and making better life decisions.

How to Stop Worrying is divided into eight sections:
  1. Fundamental facts you should know about worry
  2. Basic techniques in analyzing worry
  3. How to break the worry habit before it breaks you
  4. Seven ways to cultivate a mental attitude that will bring you peace and happiness
  5. The perfect way to conquer worry
  6. How to keep from worrying about criticism
  7. Six ways to prevent fatigue and worry and keep your energy and spirits high
  8. How I conquered worry - 31 stories

A Magic Formula

One of the best chapters is, "A Magic Formula for Solving Worry Situations."
  1. Ask yourself, "What is the worst that can possibly happen?"
  2. Prepare to accept it if you have to.
  3. Then calmly proceed to improve on the worst.

I have used this three-step formula on multiple occasions to prepare myself for a situations with a potentially negative outcome. At the time I took this class, I was dealing with some problems at work, and accepting the worst brought me some peace in the situation.

Amazon Description

According to the description at Amazon, you can achieve the following by reading this book:

Discover how to:

  • Eliminate fifty percent of business worries immediately
  • Reduce financial worries
  • Avoid fatigue—and keep looking you
  • Add one hour a day to your waking life
  • Find yourself and be yourself—remember there is no one else on earth like you!

This is an excellent book, and one you should add to your library. It is available in print for as little as $0.01 (that's 1 cent) from Amazon used books. 

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