How can you stop worrying and start living?
That’s the title of a book written by Dale Carnegie I’ve been reading with some guys I meet each week. We started it a couple of months ago during simpler. What’s eye-opening about the book is it was first published in 1944 before World War 2 had been decided. Many of the book's stories- ones of hope, of beating down fear and overcoming worry- come from people who lived through the Great Depression.
There’s a meme floating around the socials right now that says your grandparents were called to fight a war; you’re called to watch Netflix (or something like that!). I don’t mean to make light of our very present reality, but the meme combined with Carnegie’s book gives perspective.
Here's 3 secrets to survive this time and how you can stop worrying and start living:
Secret #1: Generosity
Generosity is an incredible trait in uncertain times. You either see the world through a scarcity mindset or through an abundance mindset. You’ve witnessed the scarcity mindset as people flock to stores and fight over toilet paper. They believe in a world where resources are fixed. With this perspective, it makes to get as much as you can while you can to survive. A scarcity mindset is one of fear, anxiety, and paranoia.
A person with an abundance mindset has the opposite perspective.
Secret #2: Growth
The second things to get you through this season is growth. Of course you’ll want to take advantage of unplanned time to connect with family and friends. Play games with your kids. Binge a series on Netflix. Watch Frozen 2 multiple times like I did this past weekend. Talk with your spouse. Call your folks (I’m calling mom!) and grandparents. These activities aren’t cancelled. Growth also isn’t cancelled. Use this time to better prepare for whatever’s next:
Secret 3: Gratitude
The final secret to thrive during this season is gratitude. There’s seemingly lots to be ungrateful for, but the challenge is to be grateful. Appreciate your family. Be grateful for your health. Be thankful for work. Be grateful for the money you do have.
The food you do have.
The shelter you have.
The clothing you have.
The abilities you have.
Find one thing to be grateful for each day and write it down. Even if you’re recovering from a scarcity mindset, noticing what you’re grateful for slowly shifts that mindset to an abundant one.
Want to stop worrying and start living? Generosity, growth, and gratitude.
What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.
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