I’ve often heard the self-fulfilling prophecy used in a negative context. Like, if you expect the worst of yourself or your future, then that’s what you’re going to get. Wikipedia says,
“A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior.”
In the movie Creed, Rocky says your greatest opponent is yourself. And man, I’m super good at kicking my own butt! In fact, I’m so good, that I should be really proud. I mean, I don’t take “no” for an answer, I don’t ever give up, I’m relentless in my pursuit … of tearing myself down.
Well, forget that.
As I look forward to 2016, and what I want for myself, I plan on putting the self-fulfilling prophecy to work for me. Big time.
I’m going to paint a picture of the me I want to be, and I’m going to set myself up for success. Just like when I expect to fail, and I do, I’m going to expect to succeed–and I will.
When a person chooses to see the good in the world, that’s what they see. I find it easy to accept this, except when it comes to myself. Not anymore. The mind is a powerful thing and I am capable of believing in myself with such fervency that I can make my dreams my truth.
No longer will I assume that because things have gone badly for me in the past, or because of XYZ I deserve bad things. Now I pledge to believe that as a child of god, as a human being, I deserve good things. I deserve the best.
I can be the best–whatever I perceive that to be.
I do believe in the power of the self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe it has the power to crush me, or to lift me. I believe I can change the way I use it.
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
How will you change your life in 2016?