I don’t subscribe to the idea that anything in life “just happens.” There are, typically, either premises which clearly lead to a logical conclusion, or there are universal laws that explain instances which appear to be purely random. People often mistakenly equate chance to raw randomness which, in my judgement, is not right and exact. It boils down to the contextual understanding of chance relative to the probability that something will or will not happen. Essentially, chance is the portal through which positive or negative likelihood is made manifest. It’s basically an opportunity. Build or Destroy in Supreme Mathematics encapsulates this concept. Life’s directional swinging pendulum shows and proves that these principles are one with the fabric of existence. As such, what I’m really getting at is our connectivity to the probability that something good or bad will happen to, or for us, relative to the way we mentally process thoughts about outcomes. Whenever we look forward to something, that peer into the future has a thematic pattern of thought attached to it. That thought pattern is the foundation upon which the subsequent actions we take come to be, because it guides them. This of course is not as cut and dry as I’m making it sound because unknowns can introduce variables that may disrupt the thought or action patterns, thereby altering the way a given situation turns out. Regardless, all things held marginally constant, this framework is solid in terms of a way to set oneself up for favorable results in a given undertaking.
A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that comes to fruition when the prophecy itself breeds actions so likely to make it come true, that it does. It’s basically a self imposed setup. The setup can either lead to triumph or failure depending upon it’s current. Remember, the current dictates the direction so build takes it one way, while destroy takes it another way. This is one of the critical aspects of how the mind works. Consider the following examples. In 1987 the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title. Then coach, Pat Riley, took the podium at the celebration parade and boldly guaranteed that the next year, they would repeat. In layman’s terms, this took balls! However, aside from the testicular fortitude it took, there was a genius and keen foresight involved. Riley was, by this time, extremely aware of his teams abilities and mental make-up. The prediction was a subliminal message through which he was telling them, “We’re the best, I know it and you know it, so let’s act accordingly…” A member of that team, guard Byron Scott, substantiates this in the following quote, “Guaranteeing a championship was the best thing Pat ever did. It set the stage in our minds. Work harder, be better. That’s the only way we could repeat.” Do the knowledge to his wisdom. He said the guarantee set the stage meaning it charted the course. All they had to do was follow the course, and as long as nothing catastrophically unforeseen happened, they would reach their destination. In 1988 they did in fact repeat…mission accomplished.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s Matt Hasselback, former quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. On January 4, 2004, the Seahawks played the Green Bay Packers in a wild-card playoff game. The contest was tied at the end of regulation and went to overtime. After Seattle won the coin-toss, upon being asked whether they wanted to receive or kick the ball, Hasselbeck declared, “We want the ball and we’re gonna score.” They got the ball, but the drive ended when he threw an interception which was returned 52 yards for a touchdown…game, set, match. Now the problem wasn’t the prediction in this scenario, it was the action taken in an attempt to make it manifest. Hasselbeck made a critical error in calculation prior to releasing the pass. Once he threw it, there was no taking it back. All he could do is helplessly watch the outcome play itself out, which it did, but not in his favor. The jewel in the comparison of these two examples is the recognition of the fact that the action taken based on a prediction is what determines whether or not it comes to pass. The sound thought has to continue concurrent to the action is order to guide it in the right direction. There also has to be a perpetual sense of awareness that things may not go according to plans. Thus, the need to be swift and changeable enough to make adjustments on the fly is real. Harsh conditions are not grounds for excuse making in order to explain failure. Own your identity as the “self” in the self-fulfilling prophecy. Give all you have and all within your power to see the day when it’s fulfilled, and continue to be positively prophetic in your life. That’s how history is written.