In my seminars the last few years I have covered what I have found to be those few, simple, basic principles that can make major changes in life and lifestyle.
One of those subjects that gets the most comment is:
Diseases of Attitude.
And out of that subject, worry and how to kick the worry habit, have caused the most questions.
So, in this brief visit with you, let me give you my best look at worry, how to recognize it and define it, and what to do about it.
And hopefully these ideas will give you a good chance for confidence over worry.
First of all, worry might well be killer number one.
And if it is not the number one physical killer, although doctors tell us worriers die sooner than non-worriers, and we have all heard the expression worry yourself to death, at least it is the number one killer of dreams and achievement, of energy and vitality, and lifestyle.
I know the damage and effect of this killer worry, firsthand.
I will spare you the details, but over a period of some three years I let worry get out of hand.
As I've mentioned before, I became a super worrier. I was good at it.
The combination of small and big worries about my circumstances, what people thought of me, my finances, my abilities, the future, my progress, all led to a complete physical collapse.
A stay in the hospital, emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion, and a deep despair I couldn't shake.
A sad picture for a young man who should have been well on his way to carving out his share of opportunity.
I am happy to tell you that good fortune came my way. And as many of you may be aware, I met a man, Mr. Earl Shoaff.
With his ideas and inspiration and the help of a very close friend, I worked my way past the minefields of worry and disaster, and out into the clear air of mental sunshine.
And if I did it, anybody can do it.
I'm not saying it's easy.
It took me almost a full year to kick the worry habit.
It took practice and much effort, but it was well worth it.
Remember, don't ask for the task to be easy, just ask for it to be worth it.
Don't wish it were easier - wish you were better.
Don't ask for less challenge - ask for more skills.
Don't ask for fewer problems - ask for more wisdom.
It's the challenge that makes the experience.
And life, and its color and meaning and adventure for you, is this collection of experiences.
To wish them away is to wish your life away.
So, let's get to worry and what it is and what it does, how to define it, and what to do about it.
And let's do it with eager, high hopes that it won't be long until you will be free of the worry habit and on your way to the life and lifestyle that you want.
About the Author
For more than 40 years, Jim Rohn honed his craft like a skilled artist--helping people the world over sculpt life strategies that have expanded their imagination of what is possible. Those who had the privilege of hearing him speak can attest to the elegance and common sense of his material. It is no coincidence, then, that he is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of our time, and thought of by many as a national treasure. Jim authored countless books and audio and video programs, and helped motivate and shape an entire generation of personal-development trainers, hundreds of executives from America's top corporations and millions of achievers worldwide.
"I expect to pass through life but once.
If therefore, there be any kindness I can show,
or any good thing I can do for any fellow being,
let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again"
~ Stephen Grellet
"Faith and Fear Share The Same Definition.
Believing that what you cannot see will surely come to pass.
Faith Attracts The Positive while fear attracts the negative."
~ Author Unknown