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Choiceortunity #22 – Say NO to the Negative

August 31, 2009

I’ve always been one of those people that enjoys studying other people and one of those people that always tries to see the best in people, even if they can’t see it in themselves.  One thing I’ve noticed is that many people create their futures with the way they think about themselves.  Some people would call it a self fulfilling prophecy, you believe what you say and it comes true.

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Example of a self fulfilling prophecy is a statement that alters actions and therefore comes true. For example, a person thinking “I’m probably going to get a C in this course,” might alter their actions so that the prediction becomes reality. This may be an unconscious gesture. A person who might tune into a self-fulfilling prophecy in a positive way would think, “I’m going to get an A in this class” and may act in a way that will make it true.

You are always listening to yourself.  Knowing this, tell yourself positive things, seek the positive in others and good things will come your way.   I love this quote by Tricia Ellis-Christensen, “While the modern self-fulfilling prophecy echoes the past, most would agree that the normal use of the term translates to attitude about events to come. While one’s attitude cannot necessarily influence the larger things, such as a hurricane or the possibility of an earthquake, one’s attitude can influence the smaller things, like the way we relate to other people and their responses to us.”

This goes WAY beyond what you whisper to yourself about your own self but extends to the people around you.  Look for the good attributes in everyone and focus on them; in doing this you will find the world a much better place and maybe make some new friends.  Most importantly you may find a new found self confidence, believing in the positive has a way of making you shine inside and out.

Smiles,

Amy

If you would like to learn more about Herzing University, please contact me at achastek@onl.herzing.edu or 866-508-0748, ext 859.

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  1. Colin permalink
    August 31, 2009 10:24 pm

    True, but one has to remember that life is random. We are not in control of our future. Good things happen, bad things happen, but if one understands this and uses this to seek out opportunities, rather than sulk, life is more enjoyable, and more fulfilling, even when bad comes our way.

    Sure, I go to college, that was my choice, but I may not get the job I want. Then an opportunity comes and life keeps going…a positive attitude and a belief in your abilities does not mean you will get what you want, but often, it means you will get more than you could have ever wanted.

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