Rule 1: If you want to avoid worry, do what Sir William Osler did : Live in ‘day-tight compartment.’ Don’t stew about the future. Just live each day until bedtime.
Rule 2 : The next time Trouble – with a Capital T – backs you up in a corner, try the magic formula of Willis H. Carrier:
a. Ask yourself, ‘ What is the worst that can possibly happen if I can’t solve my problem ?
b.Prepare yourself mentally to accept the worst – If necessary.
c. Then calmly try to improve upon the worst – which you already mentally agreed to accept.
Rule 3 : Remind yourself of the exhorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health. ‘ Those who do not know how to fight worry die young.’
Originally published in ‘ How to Stop worrying and Start Living‘ by Dale Carnegie