How to Stop Worrying and Start Acting by Dale Carnegie

“Business men who do not know how to fight worry die young.” —Dr. Alexis Carrel

This quote is a just simple fact. In order to achieve and succeed, you have to be calm, rational, result-oriented and data-driven. If you speak with the correct data, nothing can be said on it and the decision making process will be easily handled. You took the wrong decision? Then, change it, you have nothing to lose. 

The main message in this How to Stop Worrying and Start Acting book is below:

Worrying can be detrimental to your physical and mental health, and therefore you should find ways to deal with your worries. A simple method is to get the facts about what you’re worrying about, choose on a course of action and never look back. To avoid worrying about the actions of others, don’t expect gratitude for your kindness, don’t hold grudges, and understand that other people may criticize you because they are envious of your success.

Actionable ideas from this book in blinks:

Put in a stop-loss order on your worry.

The next time you experience an unpleasant event, like having a row with a friend, use the stop-loss strategy: allow yourself to mull the event over for a certain period of time, like a few hours, but then, if you’re still unable to solve it, simply walk away from it. It is not worth dwelling for longer than that.

Accept and improve on the worst-case scenario.

When you find yourself worrying about something, instead of avoiding thinking about the worst-case scenario, define it. Think about what the true absolute worst-case scenario really is. Probably, it is not catastrophic. Still, accept the scenario and start working towards improving on it.

Relax before you get tired.

The next time you are working on something, make it a point to take rest and relaxation breaks before you feel tired. It will greatly increase your productivity, and decrease your worries.