Disciplined Thought

There was a story about this guy who has it all, almost. He’s got a beautiful and loving wife. He’s got two healthy and intelligent kids. He’s got a consulting practice that brings in 6-figures annually. He vacations once a year. And yet, he worries. He worries just about every thing.

It became so bad that it not only affected himself, but also the people around him, as well as his business.

That guy was me.

Here’s another story.

Chasing and losing

via The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective by Andy Andrews:

“I was in a city one night – Chicago, it was, come to think of it – and I saw a man chase a hat that had blown off someone’s head into the street. A car hit him and killed him dead.”

The above story was told to Walker Miles by Jones. And the reply by Walker was:

Walker glanced at the old man [Jones], disgusted, and said, “Why on earth would you tell me that?”

To which Jones replied:

“I just think it’s amazing that a person could lose everything, chasing nothing.”

Why we worry

Jones explained to Walker why he worried:

“The first thing you need to know is that you worry – or you feel this crazy fear – because you’re smart.”

He continued:

“The dumber folks among us don’t worry much. They ain’t afraid of nothing.”

Defeat worrying thoughts with logic

The solution:

“Leave a pad and pen beside your bed, and when you wake up, grab it and take it everywhere with you for the first ten or so minutes of your morning. On that pad, I want you to list things in your life that you are grateful for. You can list names, objects, feelings… anything.”

As for being grateful for the same things over and over again, Jones had this to say:

“Be generous and creative as yhou list the many things you have to be grateful for, young man. Don’t be shy about writing the same ones down every day. And write them down. Thinking about this will not do the trick.”

I will be doing this for 21 days. I know before the end of 21 days, something good is going to happen! Will you try this with me?

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