I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Worry is something that I personally suffered with and I am sure that a lot of people can relate to this. My perfectionist nature constantly wants to try to figure out what the end result will look like before I even attempt things. In my mind, I know that it cannot be “perfect” and therein lies the worry.
My main takeaway from this book is to live in “day-tight compartments”. There is a great analogy in this book about how ships have steel doors that compartmentalize each room in the event of a flood. That way, the water is localized to the place it exists and doesn’t move into any other places. We need to take this same approach to our thoughts. Yesterday is yesterday, nothing we can do to change it. All we have is today. Living in “day tight compartments” means to focus only on today. This is all we can control.
There are many examples of how excessive worry can affect our health. Countless people have suffered from physical ailments that doctors could not determine the cause of. Once these people resigned themselves to their fate, and stopped worrying, their health miraculously got better. Our minds have incredible power to affect our wellbeing, and we need to be conscious of this power.
This is an incredible book that will change your outlook on life. I utilize the lessons from this book in my career coaching to help clients to realize how negative worry can be for our mental health. Since reading this book I have implemented new habits that I will share, such as making lists. Having achievable, actionable goals set for each day gives you structure and a measure of control over your results. Achieving these goals helps to boost your confidence and meet each day with excitement and expectation.