CHAPTER 9Why People Choose the Wrong Path … And How to Re-Choose

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, and Hell of Heaven.

—John Milton, Paradise Lost

The most valuable knowledge we can have is how to deal with disappointment.

—Albert Schweitzer

We all make choices. Some we make consciously, such as which restaurant we might visit or which week we will vacation this year. Others we make subconsciously, without really considering the options. This is often where choices based on fear are made. Mastering fear is about recognizing fear and calling it what it is—not stress, or anxiety, or worry, but fear. It is about becoming aware of our responses to fear and exploring our willingness to reach out for support. Achieving ...

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