Part 2

Harnessing Your Energy



Chapter 5

Power Trips

Security is mostly a superstition. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

—Helen Keller

The third step to ethical power—Identify what trips your power switch

The third step to ethical power is to identify the things that trip your power switch. Work out the situations where you allow others to take your power, or where you disable yourself. Become aware of your own natural response to power, including the childhood responses of fight, flight, and freeze. We take our child response into adulthood, and this can trip us up sometimes. Tackling our negative self-talk is important.

Introduction: Our Trip Switches

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