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Part II: Ensuring Successful Change > Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Chapter 5. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Have you ever heard of self-fulfilling prophecy? Self-fulfilling prophecy is experiencing what we expect to experience. It is our getting from others just what we thought we would. It often occurs without our conscious awareness of it. We often succeed or fail because we subconsciously “knew” we would.

Our lives are full of examples of this phenomenon. Have you ever thought, “I’ll never get this finished on time!” and then proved yourself right? Have you noticed that some people approach situations with an “I can’t do this” attitude and experience problems and failures, while others approach the same situations with an “I can” attitude and succeed? Expectations and attitudes are powerful influences on actual outcomes.


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