WHO WILL CRY WHEN YOU DIE [CHAPTER 89]......Don’t Worry About Things You Can’t Change

           Don’t Worry About Things
           You Can’t Change

Time and again, when I face a challenge in my own life, I return to The Serenity Prayer of Reinhod Neibuhr: “God, give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be chanted, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish one form the other.”
  One business executive who went through an exercise I use in my leadership coaching programs found that 54 percent of his worries related to things that would likely never happen; 26 percent were about past actions that could not be changed; 8 percent related to the opinions of people whose opinions really did not matter to him; 4 percent concerned personal health issues that he had since resolved; and only 6 percent concerned real issues worthy of his attention. By identifying and then letting go of the worries he could do nothing about or that were a complete waste of his energy, this man eliminated 94 percent of the problems that had plagued him.



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