In the chapter where Paul and Stilgar's troop visits the Windtrap and the pool of water into which Jamis' water is poured, there is a line that says:
And Paul, walking behind Chani, felt that a vital moment had passed him, that he had missed an essential decision and was now caught up in his own myth.
What decision could Paul have possibly made here, and might it have prevented the Jihad?
Note that just 2 pages previously, Paul had thought to himself that
If he died this instant, the thing would go on through his mother and unborn sister. Nothing less than the deaths of all the troop gathered here and now - himself and his mother included - could stop the thing.