10 Ways On How To Break The Worry Habit
(An excerpt from the book, “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale)
I’ve experienced in my life worrying on something or someone. I’ve seen it in my parents, siblings, relatives, family, neighbor, friends and to other people. Everyone, I believed, experienced worry on themselves. Worry is an unhealthy and destructive mental habit. We were not born with the worry habit. We acquired it. And because we can change any habit and any acquired attitude, we can cast worry from our mind. A prominent physician declares that “worry” is the most subtle and destructive of all human diseases. Another Physician tells us that thousands of people are ill because of “dammed-up anxiety.”
An article from a Rotarian Magazine entitled “How Long Can You Live” declares that if you want to live long, observe the following rules:
(1) Keep Calm
(2) Go to church
(3) Eliminate worry
To eliminate worry, here are the ten list of worry-breaking formula that can help you.
1.) Say to yourself, “Worry is just a very bad mental habit. And I can change any habit with God’s help.”
2.) You became a worrier by practicing worry. You can become free of worry by practicing the opposite and stronger habit of faith. With all the strength and perseverance you can command, start practicing faith.
3.) How do you practice faith? First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, “I Believe” three times.
4.) Pray using this formula: “I place this day, my life, my loved ones, my work in the Lord’s hands. There is no harm in the Lord’s hands, only good. Whatever happens, whatever results, if I am in the Lord’s hands it is the Lord’s will and it is good.”
5.) Practice saying something positive concerning everything about which you have been talking negatively. Talk positively. For example, don’t say, “This is going to be a terrible day.” Instead, affirm, “This is going to be a glorious day.” Don’t say, “I’ll never be able to do that.” Instead, affirm, “With God’s help I will do that.”
6.) Never participate in a worry conversation. Shoot an injection of faith into all your conversations. A group of people talking pessimistically can infect talking things up rather than down you can drive off that depressing atmosphere and make everyone feel hopeful and happy.
7.) One reason you are a worrier is that your mind is literally saturated with apprehension thoughts, defeat thoughts, gloomy thoughts. To counteract, mark every passage in the Bible that speaks of faith, hope, happiness, glory, radiance. Commit each to memory. Say them over and over again until these creative thoughts saturate your subconscious mind. Then the subconscious will return to you what you have given it, namely, optimism, not worry.
8.) Cultivate friendships with hopeful people. Surround yourself with friends who think positive, faith producing thoughts and who contribute to a creative atmosphere. This will keep you restimulated with faith attitudes.
9.) See how many people you can help to cure their own worry habit. In helping another to overcome worry you get greater power over it within yourself.
10.) Everyday of your life conceive of yourself as living in partnership and companionship with Jesus Christ. If He actually walked by your side, would you be worried or afraid? Well, then, say to yourself, “He is with me.” Affirm aloud, “I am with you always.” Then change it to say, “He is with me now.” Repeat that affirmation three times every day.