January Workbook pg 18

Hi Brooke,
After 4 months in LCS I have made little progress.
You get out of things what you put into it, and so finally I am trying to do what was always recommend.
I understand the model but have not been doing the thought downloads and applying the model.
You have said that unless you DO the work you will not have results.

In going through the January workbook I am finding it difficult to understand the first sentence at the top of pg 18:
‘When we are unable to short-circuit our thinking before it causes our emotions, we do not panic’
It makes sense to me if it was ‘when we Are able…’
Can you clarify for me please?