Dale Carnegie was a big believer in counting your blessings—not your troubles. He liked to say that ninety percent of the things in our lives are right and about ten percent are wrong. If we want to be happy, all we have to do is to concentrate on the ninety percent that are right and ignore the ten percent that are wrong. If we want to be worried and bitter and have stomach ulcers, all we have to do is to concentrate on the ten percent that are wrong and ignore the ninety percent that are glorious.
Although it’s sometimes easier said than done, Dale gives a great example of this practice in his book, “How to Develop Self Confidence & Influence People by Public Speaking:”
Time Magazine once ran an article about a sergeant who had been wounded on Guadalcanal. Hit in the throat by a shell fragment, this sergeant had had seven blood transfusions. Writing a note to his doctor, he asked: “Will I live?” The doctor replied: “Yes.” He wrote another note, asking, “Will I be able to talk?” Again the answer was yes. He then wrote another note, saying: “Then what in the hell am I worrying about?”
Why not take a moment right now and ask yourself, “What in the hell am I worrying about?” And as you ask yourself that, consider all the things in your life that you’re thankful for. You will probably find that what you’re worried about is comparatively unimportant and insignificant.
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