By: Dan Miller

Recently I installed three new poles and decorative
lights on the driveway approach to our house.
Although I enjoy being a handy man, electrical work
always makes me nervous. I rented a trencher, dug a
narrow ditch and carefully laid the line in the trench. I
then proceeded to install the outlets and run the line
up each pole before completing the power attachment
at our house. Twice in this process I recoiled with the
stinging shock of electric power surging through my
arms - but wait - there was no power yet attached. I
hadn't connected the line to the power source. Just in
the "anticipation" of power I was convinced I
"felt" it shock me.

I find I'm not alone in this mysterious happening.
Commonly known as the Pygmalion Effect, scientists
say this phenomenon occurs when "a false definition
of the situation evokes a new behavior which makes
the original false conception come true."
In other
words, once an expectation is set, we tend to act in
ways that are consistent with that expectation, even
when it's not true.

Whoa - what about expecting a bad performance
review, getting fired, being rejected by a friend,
believing that all good jobs are going overseas,
expecting bad "luck," or "knowing" your
business is going down the tubes. Could the false
anticipation make that event become a reality?

Could you reverse the phenomenon? Do you think you
could "expect" good things and have more good
things happen? Read the current statistics on jobs in
America - you can find unprecedented growth or the
worst employment situation in 30 years.

Want to "find" more opportunities than 99% of your neighbors?


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