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Susan Jeffers

  • ... people who refuse to take risks live with a feeling of dread that is far more severe than what they would feel if they took the risks necessary to make them less helpless — only they don't know it!

  • There is an automatic assumption that negative is realistic and positive is unrealistic.

  • The knowledge that you can handle anything that comes your way is the key to allowing yourself to take risks. ... security is not having things; it's handling things.

  • We all create expectations of what we would like to happen after a decision is made. The picture in our mind's eye might have served a valuable function in helping to make a decision. But once the decision is made, let the picture go. Since you can't control the future, the picture can create unhappiness if it's not fulfilled. Disappointment may make you miss the good that can come out of every situation in which you find yourself.

  • When you decide to change paths, you will often face criticism from those around you. 'What do you mean you want to change your career? You've invested five years in building up your dental practice! All that time and money down the drain!' Explain that none of it has been a waste. At one time it was the right thing for you to do. Much was learned and much was gained in the way of experience. It simply doesn't feel right any more — it's time to change. I know many people who stay locked in unsatisfactory situations that no longer work for them because they've invested so much and it would be a shame not to continue. How illogical! Why invest more, if it's no longer paying off? Remember — the quality of your life is at stake!

  • ... if you haven't made any mistakes lately, you must be doing something wrong.

  • ... there's nothing as powerful as a made-up mind!

  • I never knew how high a price one pays for being taken care of ...

  • You can have anything in life, but you can't have everything!

  • What I try to control ends up controlling me.

Susan Jeffers, U.S. psychologist, writer

(1938 - 2012)

Full name: Susan Jane Gildenberg Jeffers.