“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 behaviour.”
Basically, without sounding all formal and psychological, it means that you’re more likely to unknowingly cause a prediction to come true because you expect it to come true.
Have you woken up one morning and just felt off? You had a feeling today wasn’t going to be a good day.
You missed your alarm.
Your hair wasn’t going right.
You couldn’t find your desired pair of pants.
The traffic to work was stressful.
Your co-workers seemed off.
We’ve all had one of those days.
The reality of the case is that you just missed the alarm by a couple of minutes. So you automatically think the day is going backwards already. You’re working yourself up to the point where your hair isn’t sitting right, you’re not thinking clearly enough to find your pants, you’re actually paying attention to the chaos of the traffic as oppose to going about your route, and your co-workers just seem off, not because they hate you; but because they’re busy working. It’s not because you missed your alarm and therefore today is DOOMED. Rather, because you think that by starting the day with the wrong foot, the world is going to collapse around you and oh, maybe your boss hates you too.
Wrong. It’s all about our state of mind and the mindset we carry during the day. I think it’s a key example of why we shouldn’t allow ourselves to ruminate over an issue for more than 10 minutes. Breathe and let the moment go.
It also shows us just how powerful and influential our mind is. Thinking positively is all is takes to turn a day from bad to good and vice versa if you do the opposite.