As human beings, we often react emotionally to what others say or do. If our reactions are preceded by the emotions of fear, anger, or sadness, we forfeit our ability to act with personal power and effectiveness in lieu of a knee-jerk response.

This reaction is all too often sourced in fear and low self-esteem. We may focus on what's wrong with us and our lives, and fear being controlled, hurt, or taken advantage of.

We may overlook the many things we have in our lives for which we could be grateful, doubt our ability to...