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 “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
Viktor Frankl, psychiatrist, author, Holocaust survivor
“I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson’s. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there’s freedom to do things in areas I wouldn’t have otherwise found myself in.”
Michael J. Fox, actor, advocate, author
What you’ll learn
In this step of The ComeBACK FormulaTM, you’ll learn that no matter what your circumstances, you can choose your response. You’ll also learn to distinguish between a victim mindset and a growth mindset, and why the way you think of yourself in the aftermath of loss and disaster determines the success of your comeback journey.
Disasters come in all flavors
Some disasters people bring upon themselves. Putting themselves into dangerous situations. Making reckless decisions. But many of life’s hardships barge into our lives uninvited. One minute we’re living our normal lives; the next, everything has changed.
We don’t always get to choose what happens to us. But here’s a revolutionary lesson I took from my own fire experience: We can choose our response! We can choose the story we want to live into!
I saw some fire survivors choose to self-identify as victims. And I saw some of those same people even years later still bogged down in anger, resentment and bitterness. Their victim mentality had become a permanent way of life. What they told themselves to expect—a victim’s tragic, limited existence—became their experience.
 © 2018 Sandra Millers Younger 17

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