Irrational Worry
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Irrational Worry
 

RULE 1. If you want to avoid worry, live in day-tight compartments.
                Don't stew about the future. Just live each day until bedtime. 

RULE 2. The next time Trouble-with a capital T-comes gunning for you
                and backs YOU up in a Corner, try this magic formula: 

RULE 3. Ask yourself "What is the worst that can possibly happen if I
can' t solve my problem?" 

A.Prepare yourself mentally to accept the worst-if necessary 

B. Then calmly try to improve upon the worst-which you have already
mentally agreed to accept. 

RULE 4:  Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in
terms of your health. "Businessmen who do not know how to fight worry,
die young. 
 
 
 
Basic Techniques in Analyzing Worry
 

                    RULE 1. Get the facts. Remember that half the worry in the world is
                    caused by people trying to make decisions before they have sufficient
                    know-ledge on which to base a decision. 

                    RULE 2. After carefully weighing all the facts, come to a decision. 

                    RULE 3. Once a decision is carefully reached, act! Get busy carrying out
                    your decision-and dismiss all anxiety about the outcome. 

                    RULE 4. When you, or any of your associates, are tempted to worry
                    about a problem, write out and answer the following questions: 

 

                         A. What is the problem? 

                         B. What is the cause of the problem 

                         C. What are the possible solutions?

                          D. What is the best solution? 
 


 
                 HOW TO BREAK THE WORRY HABIT BEFORE 

                                           IT BREAKS YOU
 

                    RULE l. Crowd worry out of your mind by keeping busy. Plenty of action
                    is one of the best therapies for curing "wibber gibbers 

                    RULE 2.Don't fuss about trifles. Don't permit little things (the mere
                    termites of life) to ruin your happiness. 

                    RULE 3. Use the law of averages to outlaw your worries. Ask yourself: 

                    "What are the odds against this thing's happening at all?" 

                    RULE 4.Co-operate with the inevitable~ If you know a circumstance is
                    beyond your power to change or revise it, say to yourself: "It is so; it
                    cannot be otherwise." 

                    RULE 5. Put a stop-loss order on your worries. Decide just how much
                    anxiety a thing may be worth-and refuse to give it any more. 

                    RULE 6. Let the past bury its dead. Don't saw sawdust. 
 

TEN IRRATIONAL IDEAS 
 

                    1) The idea that you must have approval from all the
                    people you find significant. 
 
 

                    2) The idea that you must prove thoroughly competent,
                    adequate and achieving or you at least must have
                    competence or talent in some important area. 
 
 

                    3) The idea that when people act obnoxiously and
                    unfairly, you should blame them and damn them, and
                    see them as bad, wicked, or rotten individuals. 
 
 

                    4) The idea that you have to view things as awful,
                    terrible, horrible and catastrophic when you get
                    seriously frustrated, treated unfairly, or rejected. 
 
 

                    5) The idea that emotional misery comes from external
                    pressures and that you have little ability to control or
                    change your feelings. 
 
 

                    6) The idea that if something seems dangerous or
                    fearsome, you must preoccupy yourself with and made
                    yourself anxious about it. 
 
 

                    7) The idea that you can more easily avoid facing many
                    life difficulties and self-responsibilities than undertake
                    more rewarding forms of self-discipline 

                    8. The idea that your past remains all-important and
                    that because something once strogly influenced your
                    life, it has to keep determining your feelings today. 

                    9] The idea that some people and things should turn
                    out better than they do and that you must view it as
                    awful and horrible if you do not find good solutions to
                    life's grim realities. 
 

                    10) The idea that you can achieve maximum human
                    happiness by inertia and inaction or by passively and
                    uncommittedly "enjoying yourself 

                  


 
 
 

 

 

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