This is a guest post by David Damron, @daviddarmon.
When I was 21, I took a life changing excursion to the land down under, Australia. I took this voyage under the guide of the International Student Volunteer (ISV) organization with other American college students. We spent two weeks volunteering by doing conservation work with wildlife and vegetation in Tasmania, which is an Australian island and state off the Southeast tip of the mainland. We then traveled from Sydney north to Cairns for two and a half weeks stopping by many spots to experience the outdoor side of Aussie during the day and the libation side of Aussie at night. During this time in Australia, I became much more familiar with a catchphrase I had heard stateside, but never as widely and as practiced as down under. These two words changed my life forever. These two words were simple yet profound. These two words were, “No Worries.”
Every Australian seemed to have a care free attitude. Every Australian seemed to live the life they wanted to. Every Australian wanted less stressÂ and to live free. Surprisingly, every Australian seemed to be living by this motto of “No Worries”. This motto is what led me back to Aussie in March of 2009. Both times I have been there, whether I was on a farm in the outback or the streets of Sydney, I felt a sense of weightless shoulders on those around me. Everyone in Aussie seemed to live without a worry of the worst.
I have heard many a guest speakers, many a professors, many a wise old men try and convince me through long stories and tales about the way to live life. They all were intelligent and influential, but never simple, never concise, never practical. It wasn’t until the Aussie friends I made pounded this phrase over and over into my head that such a simplistic coined term could accurately describe a perfect way to live one’s life.
Upon arriving back in California from my voyage, my friends and family thought I was just ‘trying’ to be different than before. I continuously re-quoted the Aussie’s with, “No worries,” to anything said to me. “Sir, we are out of those.” “No worries.” “You don’t mind me canceling on you?!” “No worries.” “You aren’t going to be able to take that day off, sorry.” “No worries.” My friends and family quickly realized I had no care in the world and I was just going to live life to the fullest. As long as I kept reminding myself that there was nothing worth worrying about, I continued to experience life at a highly positive level.
To this day, roughly 5 years later, I try to implement the No-Worries-Rule to most of my daily actions and decisions. By no means do I get stomped on by everyone nor do I live in a van down by the river and don’t pay my bills. I do make important decisions with thought of the outcome. However, I do not stress as much over minute decisions as I did prior to the implementation of the No-Worries-Rule.
Learning this wise lifestyle has been great for me, but would be even better if I can spread this attitude stateside and beyond. The following is a list of ways to implement the No-Worries-Rule into your life:
- Stay Debt Free : Many Australians have little if any debt outside their home mortgage. Even their home mortgages are some of the fastest paid off in the world. The less debt you have the less worries you will have. If you do have debt, don’t let that control every decision you make. As most of you know through Adam Baker’s teachings, the more focused and forward thinking you are towards your debt, the more you can say “No Worries” to obstacles that present themselves. To get down this path, I suggest checking Baker’s article 42 Ways to Radically Simplify Your Financial Life. It is still my favorite and most influential article by him.
- Respond with “No Worries” for One Entire Day : This can be tough in America as we are accustomed to worrying and giving false responses. Try relaxing and replying with the catchphrase. If you are able to say this consistently throughout the day, you should be able to feel less stress by day’s end. Small change equals major life enhancement.
- Don’t Overreact : I know, I know. Easier said than done. This can take a lot of will power and focus. It took me quite some time to not overreact when things didn’t go as planned. Try to focus on interactions with coworkers and family members. Think of the negatives and non-existent positives that come from overreacting. The easier going you are, the better communication with others you will have.
- Take Everything in Stride : If a meeting gets postponed or a child needs to be picked up from school early, take it in stride. Life happens. Let it happen and stop letting it’s jumble preventing you from living a great life. Relax and kick back. Let everyone else worry their day away.
- Love Your Life : There is no other reason than the opportunity to experience all that we can in the short amount of time we got here. Might as well not worry about the end and live for the now.
Implementing the No-Worries-Rule may take some time. I don’t expect you or anyone to completely implement this rule to every aspect of your life right away. If you do catch yourself letting stress build from actions that are out of your hands, step back and focus on letting life happen. Remember, a life with No Worries is a life worth living.
Have a good one…
Author Bio: David Damron is the author of LifeExcursion & The Minimalist Path