Self- fulfilling Prophesy
If you can believe it, you can achieve it! ~Walt Disney
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Another example of the self fulfilling prophesy is this one:
Stephanie Madon, an Iowa State University psychologist, investigated parents’ expectations about their children’s alcohol use. She discovered that when both parents believe that a child will abuse alcohol, in fact, the child is likely to drink more than expected. This holds true even when signs, such as past alcohol use and friends’ behavior, suggest a teenager is at low risk. The findings support the social theory that prophecies are especially self-fulfilling for stereotyped groups. link Psychology Today
Could you imagine the implications on that child???
My husband told me when I was going to nursing school that it didn’t matter how inherently smart I was but how hard I tried. He is a teacher and has seen that time and time again with his students. He is the reason I succeeded and actually did very well in school. He believed in me. He told me so many times that he knows for sure I have what it takes to do well and I believed him because I trust and love him and knew with all my heart he wouldn’t steer me wrong. As a result I succeeded.
Can I apply this to different aspects of my life; new goals? Of course! I had a patient who lost a considerable amount of weight. When asked how she accomplished it she said she PRETENDED to have gastric bypass surgery. It just goes to show you that the mind is a very powerful force!
The ones that put forth the effort and are diligent about their work, patient and determined tend to do better over all and retain more information than the ones who perhaps have more natural ability but don’t apply themselves. Makes sense.
They can because they think they can.Virgil