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Success Is A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Success Is A Self Fulfilling ProphecyStruggling bloggers and internet marketers often fail to realize that success is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It’s really a matter of your expectations.

Another way to say it is that whatever success you decide to achieve… you will.

People sometimes confuse this reality with “positive thinking,” “confidence,” “self-esteem” and so forth.

None of these things are required for success, though.

They don’t hurt, but they’re not essential ingredients, either.

What is essential is that you decide to succeed at something, and that you believe it.

Believing Is Seeing

Wayne Dyer wrote a book called “You’ll See it When You Believe it.”

I’m not sure if he was the first to use that phrase, or the one I’ve used here that “believing is seeing.”

But I first became acquainted with this particular language through Dyer’s work.

It’s really just a sort of poetic way of rephrasing what I meant when I’d tell people that they “decide their future.”

Whatever words or phrases you like to use, the reality of goes well beyond any words we attach to it.

The underlying concept is that your really do decide what success you are capable of attaining.

You can decide to achieve very high levels of success, or you can totally undermine your ability to achieve something by deciding you’re not capable or able to.

The future is not pre-determined.

Success is not a matter of luck.

It follows lock-step in line with your decision making processes.

If you decide you will be a successful blogger, you will behave differently on a day to day basis than you will if you decide that you’ll “try” to one.

Your Own Self-fulfilling Prophecy

When you decide to succeed, the first thing you do is to tell yourself you will.

Do that long enough, and you’ll start projecting your assumptions about yourself.

In other words, you’ll start demonstrating to others that you are successful.

As you do, you become even more assured that you’re on the right track.

Now, these things can be happening on a conscious level with affirmations, self-talk, vision boards and the rest.

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More often, they are occurring on a sub-conscious level.

People prophesy their fates to themselves, as an interior conviction and belief.

Others see the strong faith they have in themselves and begin to treat them as successful people.

You see, it’s really a circle of creating the prophecy, and then fulfilling it through everything you do and say.

We all know what we mean when we talk about a “self-fulfilling prophecy.”

But it’s usually associated with doom and gloom.

Sure enough, a hypochondriac can actually and physically create illnesses.

Are they really sick, or just manifesting symptoms that are psycho-somatic?

The truth is, it doesn’t matter.

The illness is manifest.

You really can be sick, and the question of whether you caused your illness, or if something else did is only an academic discussion.

In either case, the illness is real insofar as it manifests the symptoms of the illness.

So it is with any self-fulfilling prophecy.

You may be a successful blogger, not because you’re such a great writer, but because you’re living out your own self-fulfilling prophecy… your inner conviction that you really will be a great blogger.

On the other hand, you can fail in your blogging business because you are subconsciously convinced that you cannot succeed

The Process of Success

The reason that success is a self-fulfilling prophecy, is that everything you do and say results from your decision to do or say it… Or, your decision to fail to do or say it.

All that you do as a blogger, to continue using that example, results from the processes you set up for yourself, and that you repeat over and over.

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What you think about every day is part of that process.

When you believe you are successful, you may think about things like guest posting on a huge, influential blog.

When you believe you are incapable of success, you won’t even try because “they only accept other influential bloggers” or whatever other excuse you decide to use in playing out your self-fulfilling prophecy.

What you talk about or ignore as part of the process you use in developing your blog…

Who you connect with or fail to…

What you focus on doing every day, what you dwell on in your silent, interior self-conversations and imagination…

All these processes are part of what you decide is within your range of possiblility.

They each play their role in how you enact your own self-fulfilling prophecy of success.

Decisions Determine Success

As bloggers, as internet marketers, as network marketers…

we decide every single day what to do and what not to do.

It’s not luck, it’s not an accident, it’s not some looming, detached fate.

Our daily decisions lead directly to our success or failure.

Will you post a video to YouTube each of the next 30 days to drive some traffic to your blog?

Or have you decided that you’re not very good at that?

Will you set up a system to share your blog posts to a series of social media sites, or did you hear somewhere that you’re “wasting your time” doing that?

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Will you interview an expert in your niche, or do you assume that he/she will never accept your request?

Will you blog once a week for a year, or has someone convinced you that if you can’t do a blog post every day you’ll “never make it?”

Will you sit down at the beginning of your work day and start creating something to add to your blog?

Or would you prefer to hang out on Facebook for a few minutes that turn into hours?

Might that decision be based on the little voice inside your head telling you that you can’t really succeed, so you might as well just go through the motions and than tell yourself later that you “tried?”

You see, you might fail to operate a successful blog.

But if you do, it’s because you decided, not to fail, but to do all the things that would lead to failure.

You enacted your self-fulfilling prophesy and now go around telling everyone, “see, I tried, but it just doesn’t work.”

Success Is A Self-fulfilling Prophecy

On the other hand, you can make the decision today that you will start doing the things that will result in success.

You won’t make that decision out of fear, though, you’ll make it because you really believe in yourself.

You’ll do it because you choose to surround yourself with others who really believe in you.

You’ll make the right decision because you know that when you believe you will succeed, you will.

Believing is seeing.

You will see your success when you intend, determine, pronounce, and prophesy your success.

That’s because, in truth, Success Is A Self-fulfilling Prophecy.

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Do you believe that your abilities to succeed are unlimited?

Or do you think there are reason that you just “can’t do it.”

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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And always believe in your inevitable success.

David Merrill 101
I'm an Internet Marketer and Online Marketing Coach. My students learn no-nonsense, power strategies and techniques to build solid blogging and internet businesses. David Merrill+

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23 Responses to Success Is A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

  1. Lillian De Jesus May 1, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

    Hi David,

    I really do believe that you can succeed no matter what obstacles are in the way. If you do not believe you’ll be successful, you won’t be. You have to have the right attitude and know that you have it in you to make it happen. It’s very powerful to believe something can be done. There are so many people in life that have gone through so much struggle but they persevere and get through it all. They’re survivors and we can all be “survivors” in our own way. It can be done. You just need the right mindset.

    Thanks for sharing this post!

    Take care,

    • David Merrill 101 May 3, 2016 at 8:12 am #

      The funny thing about it, Lillian, is that people confused “believing” they can succeed with “thinking” they can.

      It’s actually a very big difference.

      Thinking comes from the brain, it’s you trying to convince yourself that “you can do it.” You paste up affirmations on your mirror, you recite confirming phrases 3 times a day… and then you “hope” it happens.

      Belief, on the other hand, means you don’t need convincing. You KNOW you’ll succeed and now, everything you do, say and think, comes from that conviction. And most importantly, it makes you ACT differently, not just think differently.
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  2. Enstine Muki May 4, 2016 at 6:16 am #

    Hey David,
    Thanks for this motivational piece today.

    Your belief will determine the way you react to situations in life and that can affect the results you get in anything in live.

    I love this post and I’ll read it a couple of times
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    • David Merrill 101 May 6, 2016 at 8:17 am #

      Your belief in your inevitable success will absolutely “affect the results you get,” as you say, Enstine.

      That’s because “belief” is a core, and fundamental part of your self-image and your self-determined reality. There’s really nothing more powerful in deciding your outcome in anything.

      It’s not “pre-determination” but rather, “self-determination” that shapes your life.
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  3. ikechi May 5, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    Hi David

    You have shared a powerful message. There is nothing that can hold us back when we believe that we can move forward. Yeah believing in Success will make you see it and eventually achieve it.

    The Power of of the brain is dependent on thoughts and thoughts make us see things that reality might not agree. As bloggers and marketers, we should face our fears and believe we will suceed.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    • David Merrill 101 May 6, 2016 at 8:21 am #

      I really like the way you say this, Ikechi, that “believing in Success will make you see it and eventually achieve it.”

      When you believe that things will turn out a certain way, you actually see that happening. Maybe nobody else does (“you can’t do that” or “it will never happen”), but it doesn’t deter you because you realize that their doubts and heckling are simply because they don’t have the capacity to “see” what you see… until it happens… then everybody sees the results.
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  4. Bob Barocas May 5, 2016 at 4:28 pm #


    Thanks for this inspirational post. Sometimes we all can use a healthy dose of optimism.

    Blogging and online marketing is like climbing a mountain, we can only see how far we climb if we take a step back to appreciate the scenery.

    Really needed this. Thanks! 🙂
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    • David Merrill 101 May 7, 2016 at 8:26 am #

      So true, Bob… being able “to see” clearly, often requires stepping back to appreciate what we’ve already accomplished.

      That helps us in being in touch with our capabilities, and the inevitable success we will have if we apply them consistently.
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  5. Mandy Allen May 8, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    Just wondering why this would make you a hypochondriac? Maybe that word shouldn’t be there, have a read through and let me know.

    Enjoy the journey!
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    • David Merrill 101 May 9, 2016 at 8:33 am #

      Ha ha.. pretty funny, Mandy.

      Now nobody reading this will even know what we’re talking about because I deleted the word “hypochondriac” from the text. It was one of those creepy little autofills that I overlooked in proofreading. Thanks for noticing… want an editing job? 🙂

      PS: I wonder if there was some deeper meaning lurking there, you know, like the Freudian slip of the tongue, maybe it was a slip of the key stroke… fun stuff.
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      • Mandy Allen May 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

        That’s funny! I actually do editing, mostly for non-English speaking writers.

        Enjoy the journey!
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  6. Lesly T. Federici May 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    Hi David,
    Ah .. this is so true. You can have the best plan ever, but if you believe you’ll fail, you most likely will because you’re focused on just that, subconsciously too … so great post, thank you 🙂
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    • David Merrill 101 May 9, 2016 at 8:36 am #

      Well that’s the way it works, doesn’t it Lesly?

      It’s like a vicious circle, or what I’ve call a “self-fulfilling prophecy” that when you believe you fail you will because you’re focused on failure… so all we need to do is flip the script and believe we’ll succeed.

      When we do that we’re focused on success, and guess what comes from that focus ==> success 🙂
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  7. Matt May 11, 2016 at 6:14 am #

    Hi David

    “Believing is seeing” is one of my favourite phrases – seems counter-intuitive but is actually how reality works. I’m also reminded of Bentinho Massaro’s “It is whatever you say it is”.

    One of the most important things for me is the vibration or feeling that I choose to hold and maintain when starting the day. This often requires some ‘work’, such as meditation or a walk in the woods.

    When I get this right and start the day with a light and happy heart, I get so much more done in all areas of my life and the feeling of success flows naturally.

    Another helpful technique (of Bentinho’s) is to just stop, and for just two to five seconds empty your mind and not think about anything, close your eyes if it helps and circumstances allow. The cumulative effect of many of these little moments throughout my day can really make a big difference too.

    Grateful thanks!


  8. Sue Bride May 21, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    I admit to letting doubts creep in which do hold me back to an extent. But, overall I do believe that success is possible and I persist. In the past I hung on to something longer than I should because I hate to give up.

    I don’t believe it’s possible to be successful in everything we do unless we have unwavering belief not only that we can do it but it’s something we want to do. There are other belief systems and our personalities at play too. For example, I couldn’t be successful being a proverbial “used car salesman: 🙂
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  9. Manidipa Bhaumik May 25, 2016 at 6:33 am #

    Hi David,

    So true. Success is all about believing what you need & what you can do to achieve that. Many people judge success by some outside materialistic aspects and confuse with their actual feeling of fulfilment. Thanks for discussing about this crucial topic.
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  10. Alex Jones June 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm #


    I just came across your blog now, and it has given me such inspiration at a time I needed it the most. Just when we think we ought to close up shop, it’s incredibly vital to remember just how far we’ve come. Thanks for this!
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  11. Siddaiah Thirupati June 6, 2016 at 7:17 am #

    Hi David,

    Positive thinking is essential to becoming successful, it needs persistence, determination, and discipline, I am procrastinating so many things in my life including blogging career.

    Sometimes I do lose my self-confidence when I look at someone who is earning much more money within a short period of time, as you said success will not come easily, we have to work towards our goal to fulfil it.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge about becoming the successful topic.
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  12. Md kalam khan June 14, 2016 at 4:12 am #

    “Accepting is seeing” is one of my most loved expressions – appears to be outlandish however is entirely reality works. I’m likewise helped to remember Bentinho Massaro’s “It is whatever you say it is”………………

    A standout amongst the most vital things for me is the vibration or feeling that I hold and keep up when beginning the day. This regularly requires some ‘work, for example, contemplation or a stroll in the forested areas. ……………….

    Achievement is about accepting what you require and what you can do to accomplish that. Numerous individuals judge accomplishment by some outside materialistic perspectives and mistake for their real sentiment satisfaction. A debt of gratitude is in order for talking about this pivotal point……………………

    Much obliged for sharing your insight about turning into the effective point……..

  13. Gaurav Singh June 29, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    Hello David,
    Now, someone mentioned that success has to be done by self, not someone going to spoon feed us. You mentioned in the first-most line that most internet marketers do not know this, yes it is true, but many of them also know this. They just do not have the courage or the will to make so. Many just want to make a quick buck, that’ all. Correct me if i am wrong.
    You seem to mention some some interesting facts. Why don;t you mention how you found the way and realized that success is a self fulfilling prophecy.
    This is not just a comment, I am really into these stuffs.

  14. Gaurav Singh June 29, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    and by the way Hoping to see your article soon on your self fulfilling prophecy.
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  15. Amaya Adindu July 10, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    Phew! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on success. A lot people have miss interpretation of the word success. Without the true mean people are being miss lead in the process of seeking success. That bring the point everyone’s view of success is different.
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