We all know more than enough how to live a valuable life. The difficulty is not ignorance, but often a lack of decisiveness.

In his book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living“, tells Dale Carnegie how you can change your life dramatically.

These are the lessons from his book:

Eliminate worries by:

  • Ask yourself what the worst thing is that could happen and just accept this. 
  • Write down exactly what you are worried about. Then write down what you can do about it.
  • Make a decision: “What can I do”?
  • Take immediate action.

Stop worrying by:

  • Stay active.
  • Do not stare blind on the little things.
  • Ask yourself: how big is the chance that the event will happen?
  • Try to accept the inevitable.
  • Ask yourself how much it’s worth worrying.

Think in peace and joy by:

  • Think happy thoughts 
  • Never try to pay back others.
  • To learn to be thankful.
  • Not be disturbed by ingratitude.
  • Give because of the joy that giving offers.
  • Counting your blessings, instead of your disappointments.
  • Learning to be yourself.
  • If life “scoops you up” with a lemon, turn it into lemonade.
  • Forgetting yourself by developing interest in others.

Accept criticism without worrying by:

  • Thinking that unjustified criticism is often a camouflaged compliment. The other is often just jealous.
  • Remember that you do what is in your power.
  • Make reminders of all the foolish things you have done and to realize that none of us is perfect.
  • Ask for unbiased, useful and constructive criticism.

Prevent exhaustion by:

  • Rest before you get tired.
  • Not to worry about insomnia, because the worry causes more damage than the insomnia itself.
  • Perform work in a relaxed manner.
  • Handle things in order of importance.
  • Don’t forget to relax at home.

Do you succeed in giving a positive twist to your life? Which tip will help you? What are you going to do now?

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Ard Van Oosten

I am a psychiatrist trained in business management and researcher. My heart goes out to talent development. I connect knowledge of the brain with leadership and offer tools for personal growth and development.

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