Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... Essay

723 WordsApr 17, 20013 Pages
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and it's all small stuff After reading the book Don't Sweat the Small Stuff..., by Richard Carlson Ph.D, I learned many techniques on how to be a more successful and productive person. By learning how to deal with preasure and conflicts in a more civil way I am able to free my mind of the daily hassels and stresses that confront me. Some of my favorite techniques were "Ask yourself the question ‘Will This Matter a Year From Now'", "Breathe Before You Speak", "Become a Less Aggressive Driver", and "The Next Time You Find Yourself in an Argument, Rather than Defend Your Position, See if You Can See the Other Point of View First". The new insight that I got using these techniques was…show more content…
It is scary!, but since reading the section on "Become a Less Aggressive Driver", I can really now try and relax while driving. My work is based on driving because I deliver percriptions for a local pharmacy, so I am in my car all of the time! So being able to relax and not speed through my deliveries helps me to not care how soon I can make the next delivery, and I still get done close to the same time. Its a little slower, but I've noticed that the five minutes of just taking my time really helps so much because the stress that I have when I get out of my car lasts much longer than five minutes. Plus, I can think of what I need to get done and organize my thoughts while driving, instead of worrying about the traffic. The last topic that I really liked was "The Next Time You Find Yourself in an Argument, Rather than Defend Your Position, See if You Can See the Other Point of View First". Being able to see the other side is hard for me to do. I am so stuborn. This technique is one that I really wish that I could accomplish, but it is hard. Just knowing now that there is another side to the story and the other person does have the same strong feelings that I have is just plain confusing for me. I mean, it makes logical sense , but I cannot make any sense of it. This technique does give me some sort of insight as to how arguements work out, but still doesn't help me much, until I can find a way to view things differently, and
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