Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: positive or negative expectations about a situation, event, or person, in which your expectations may affect you or someone else's behavior in a way that causes the expectations to occur.
Example: expecting a person to be unkind based on how they look, you may (consciously or unconsciously) treat them in a way that causes them to act unkind.
Example: a person begins college, all the while telling themselves they aren't "smart enough/ good enough/ meant to" finish college. They may be more likely to drop out of college than those who believe in themselves.
Sometimes the things we tell ourselves can be so powerful that we really think they're a non negotiable truth. Our thoughts are so powerful that way. We believe there's no way around things so we don't even try.... We believe we aren't capable of
something so we don't even try to challenge it, or we challenge it / try, all the while telling ourselves we can't, and therefore we don't... which reinforces our original thought.
It's a hard hamster wheel to jump off of... but what would happen if we told ourselves incredible thoughts that were encouraging/positive / inspiring?
Food For Thought, -The Wonder Vegan