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What is the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?


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Generally speaking the ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ involves the notion that what you believe to be true, will be true. If you put a thought into action it becomes reality. This can carry over into many aspects of your life from work to pleasure and can even affect your traveling plans. Worry and stress over your desires of an ideal vacation can actually cause things to backfire and go haywire. Expecting to have a great time can make that very thing happen as well.

In the common conception of the self-fulfilling prophecy it is widely thought that how you expect others to behave, either in a situation or toward you will also be true. This is often the thought behind the ‘power of positive thinking’ in making your life, or the situations you are in work in your favor. I think most people have found that when they feel good about themselves, and expect others will behave favorably towards them it ends up being true more often than not.

This can be a big influence on the way others treat you when you are on vacation from the hotel staff, to the waiters in local restaurants, and even locals. In some cases having a negative outlook, or worrying too much over whether you will have a good time can actually put a ‘chip on your shoulder’ and bring negative reactions toward you. On the other hand if you are looking for the positives in all situations, you are likely to find them, and have a great time doing it.

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