Say to yourself, “Worry is just a bad mental habit, and I can change any habit with God’s help.
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.
How do you practice faith? First thing every morning, before you arise, say aloud, “I believe,” three times.
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.”
Practice saying something positive, concerning everything about which you have been talking negatively. Talk positively. For example, do not say, “This is going to be a terrible day.” Instead, affirm, “This is going to be a glorious day.” Do not say, “I’ll never be able to do that.” Instead, affirm, “With God’s help, I will do that.”
Never participate in a worry conversation. Shoot an injection of faith into all your conversations. A group of people talking pessimistically can infect every person in the groups with negativism. But by talking things up rather than down, you can drive off that depressing atmosphere, and make everyone feel helpful and happy.
One reason you are a worrier is that your mind is literally saturated with apprehension thoughts, defeat thoughts, and gloomy thoughts. To counteract these thoughts, mark every passage in the Bible that speaks of faith, hope, happiness, glory, and radiance. Commit each to memory. Say them, repeatedly, until these creative thoughts saturate your subconscious mind. Then, the subconscious will return to you what you have given it, namely, optimism, not worry.
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 energized with faith attitudes.
See how many people you can help to cure their worry habit. In helping another to overcome worry, you get greater power over it within yourself.
Every day 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.