A couple of months ago I’ve found a book by Dale Carnegie called “How to stop worrying and start living”. Maybe some of you know him! And I find his book is really helpful to calm down whenever you are stressed or worried. It has 8 parts that are devided into 28 chapters. I already read the whole book but started to re-read it again. And I thought why not to share his tips with you guys! Maybe he can help you to stop worrying, too! It will also be stored here, so whenever someone needs advice – including me, he or she can browes through these entries!
As in my last post before New Year’s Eve I already wrote about my resolutions. And one of them was to live in day-tight compartements. So whenever I wake up my day begins and whenever I go to sleep it ends. But along the way I have to take one task at a time and concentrate on this one task and go further when I'm finished.
This time I want to share with you the first chapter that inspired me to think that way and helped me. Whenever I get stressed and think I have so much to do, I always say to myself “one thing at a time” and repeat it when it doesn’t help immediately.
As mentioned in me resolution-post you can compare that with an hourglass. There are thousands of grains of sand on the top and they all pass slowly and evenly through the narrow neck in the middle. And without breaking the hourglass, there's nothing that can be done on our part to allow even just one more grain of sand to pass through its neck. If you try to get too much stuff done in just one day and don't let them pass slowly through the day, one at a time, you can easily break yourself. Not only physically, but also mentally.
“One grain of sand at a time. One task at a time.” ~Dale Carnegie
But living in day-tight compartments doesn’t mean we should totaly forget about our future and don’t plan! We shouldn’t think of the past or the future too negatively and get worried. We shouldn't be anxious while planning.
“The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.” ~Ser William Osler
I think he is right! Especially for those who have a business. You know how all these people tell you to set small goals and work towards the big one? I think it relates to it. If we have these small tasks that help us to reach our big goal, we already planned our future, right? But wisely and intelligently. So we only have to concentrate on every small task and don’t worry about the future. Because we already know that all these small steps bring us nearer to our dream.
But it is also very important to plan logically and constructively and that can only be achieved by thinking well!
“Whether in war or peace, the chief difference between good thinking and bad thinking is this: good thinking deals with causes and effects and leads to logical, constructive planning; bad thinking frequently leads to tension and nervous breakdown.” ~Dale Carnegie
This post is already very long and it was just about the first chapter but I hope it can inspire you to think about it and maybe you'll find what Dale Carnegie writes helpful because I think he mentions a lot of good points!
“Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.” ~Stephen Leacock
Have a wonderful day everyone!