What does "Don't sweat the small stuff" mean?
While I worked at Disney World we had a saying: "Don't let one guest ruin the magic for everyone else."
In other words: don't allow one customer to get under your skin and make you bitter, irritable and angry for the rest of the day.
No one is perfect, and it's difficult to avoid letting someone get under your skin, but it is worth it in the long run.
One way to think about this is to look at the sucessful people in the world. The writers who were turned down by many publishers until their story became a sucess. The actors who went to audition after audition, hearing harsh crictism and being told they wouldn't break into acting until they recieve an oscar.
The truth is that if those people had sweated the small stuff, let that director's doubt get to their head, gave up on publishers after the tenth try, and allowed one small event to determine the course of their future, they wouldn't be successful. And this is how easily the way you think determines the way you live.
I speak through personal experience, because I have let many events in my life effect the course of my future. I have allowed bad memories, harsh remarks and at times true fear decide my fate. And now I regret those decisions. Some decisions I didn't even realize I made.
Don't sweat the small stuff. Don't let the meanest customer ruin your day. Don't let failed auditions, rejections and harsh remarks effect who you are and what you want to do.
Don't give life the ability to control you. Instead, create your own path, despite the obstacles you will face.
Don't let a family or friend feud ruin a vacation. Don't give the nay sayers any reason to be right about you. Don't beat yourself up over mistakes, accidents and over all failures.
Worrying is a waste of time and energy. Dwelling on the past is pointless.
Life is a series of moments, and we choose which moments to focus on. To focus on the negative is a waste of time. To focus on the positive is a step forward.