dont sweat the small stuff

Book Summary: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

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Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff Meaning

This phrase basically tells us to clear our minds and leave them open for more opportunities.

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff Quotes:

“True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.”

“Life is a process–just one thing after another. When you lose it, just start again.”

“Even though we often mess up, most of us are doing the best that we know how with the circumstances that surround us.”

“Many people live as if life were a dress rehearsal for some later date.”

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff Bullet Summary

  • So many people spend so much of their energy “sweating the small stuff” that they completely lose touch with the beauty of life
  • Be contented and grateful. Focusing on imperfection pulls us away from our goal of being kind and gentle.
  • When you have inner peace, you are less distracted. Thus, easier to concentrate, achieve your goals, and to give back to others.
  • Be aware of the snowball effect of your thinking. Stop that train of thought before it gets going.
  • Develop your compassion. 1) Intention -open your heart 2) Action
  • Enjoy each step of your life and live filled with love
  • Don’t interrupt others or finish their sentences. Be more relaxed and loving
  • Let others experience glory. Surrender your need for attention.
  • Be in the present.
  • Set aside quiet time, every day. Reflect, or simply enjoy the quiet.
  • Imagine the people in your life as tiny infants and one-hundred-year-old adults. (when irritated)
  • Become aware of your moods and don’t allow yourself to be fooled by the low ones. Your moods are deceptive.
  • People don’t realize their moods are always on the run.
  • Life is a test. It is only a test. You always have a chance to succeed.
  • When in doubt about whose turn it is to take out the trash, go ahead and take it out. Keeping track only discourages you.
  • Become an anthropologist – being interested, without judgment, in the way other people choose to live and behave”
  • Remember that everything has God’s fingerprint on it. See holiness in everyday things.
  • Resist the urge to criticize. When you criticize, it contributes to anger and distrust in the world. Criticism does no good.
  • See the glass already broken (and everything else too). Our bodies are born and they will die. A glass is created will eventually break.
  • Main your perspective. Keep cool.
  • Life is not a soap-opera. Turn your melodrama into mellow-drama.
  • Read articles and books with entirely different points of view from your own and try to learn something. Expand your mind and open your heart to new ideas.
  • Do one thing at a time. Focus!
  • When you’re angry, count to ten.
  • Practice being in the “eye of the storm”. Be calm and serene in the midst of chaos—in the eye of the storm.
  • Always ask yourself “What are they doing this?” “Why are they doing this?”
  • Imagine that whatever circumstance you are dealing with isn’t happening right now but a year from now. Ask yourself a question, “will this matter a year from now”
  • Be bored for a while. It’s good for you.
  • Imagine yourself at your own funeral. Doing so will remind you of the kind of person you want to be and the priorities that are most important to you.
  • “Life isn’t an emergency.”
  • Say something nice to someone (praise) at least once a day.
  • Find BEAUTY in EVERY situation.
  • Don’t criticize and if I do, do it with style…
  • Thank someone every day.
  • Smile at strangers, look into their eyes, and say hello. You’ll begin to see the innocence in all of us.
  • Choose your battles wisely.
  • Surrender to the fact that life isn’t fair.
  • When you feel good, be grateful. And when you feel bad: accept it because those bad feelings shall pass.
  • Forgive. Look beyond the behavior.
  • Criticism is an observation by another person about us. Save your mental energy. Agree then go away.
  • The true measure of success comes from what we do, but who we are and how much love we have in our hearts.
  • “If someone throws you the ball, you don’t have to catch it.”
  • Align your actions with your decisions. Set goals.
  • Be open to “what is.”
  • Live this day as if it were your last, it might be!
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff… And it’s all small stuff!

About the Author

Richard Carlson, Ph. D, was an internationally known speaker and the #1 bestselling author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff About Money, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff With Your Family, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens, and coauthor (with his wife Kristine) of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love.

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