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Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will become a reality.?

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.”
–Earl Nightingale
Nightingale claims that we can make our own reality through persistence and determination. How is this possible, when the daily pressures like schoolwork, peer pressure, and family life take up most of our time?


  1. Sounds like you’re talking about “self-fulfilling prophesy” theory.
    The self-fulfilling prophecy is a statement that alters actions and therefore comes true. For example, a person stating “I’m probably going to have a lousy day,” might alter his actions so that such a prediction is fulfilled by his actions. This may be an unconscious gesture. A person who might espouse a self-fulfilling prophecy in a positive way “I’m going to have a great day,” might act in ways that will actually make this prediction true.
    The self-fulfilling prophecy actually predates its name. Early examples of the self-fulfilling prophecy are the Greek myths surrounding Oedipus. Oedipus fulfills the oracle’s prophecy that he will kill his father and marry his mother, by striving to avoid the prophecy. This can be called a self-fulfilling prophecy because it is Oedipus’ actions that make the prophecy true.
    Robert Merton, a 20th century sociologist, actually coined the term of self-fulfilling prophecy. In his definition, in the book Social Theory and Social Structure published in 1949, the prophecy or prediction is false but is made true by a person’s actions. In the modern sense the prophecy has neither false nor true value, but is merely a possibility that is made into probability by a person’s unconscious or conscious actions.
    Examples of the modern self-fulfilling prophecy abound in literature. For example, the Harry Potter series finale now revolves around Lord Voldemort hearing a partial version of a prophecy that he then made true by attacking Harry. In the attack, which failed, Voldemort transferred some of his powers to Harry, making the two equal, with an equal outcome when they face each other and battle to the death.
    While the modern self-fulfilling prophecy echoes the past, most would agree that the normal use of the term translates to attitude about events to come. While one’s attitude cannot necessarily influence the larger things, such as a hurricane or the possibility of an earthquake, one’s attitude can influence the smaller things, like the way we relate to other people and their responses to us.
    Additionally, interpretations of things like “good” and “bad” tend to be weighted by one’s expectations. The person, who is going to have a bad day for example, might miss the bus because he is grumbling about the evil portents for the day. He might seem negative or depressed at work, which might fuel nasty responses from co-workers. As the day gets worse, the person may then return home to fighting children, an unmade dinner or a fight with a spouse. All things will be interpreted in a negative light.
    Conversely, the person who is going to have a good day, might miss the bus, but then get a ride from a friend, in which a useful conversation takes place. Even if a co-worker seems nasty, the person might negotiate the situation to come to a healthy resolution. If the children are fighting at home, this might be an opportunity to use one’s parenting skills, and an uncooked dinner might mean a chance to get one’s favorite pizza. The positive self-fulfilling prophecy allows one to shift interpretation of events.
    Understanding positive attitudes and the self-fulfilling prophecy are now particularly helpful in dealing with long-term mental illness like anxiety disorder, or chronic pain. Cognitive behavioral studies have shown that perception and prediction of an illness’ course tends to influence experience of the illness. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on learning to alter perception to reduce chronic pain, or events like panic attacks. In this way, understanding of the self-fulfilling prophecy has led to greater success in treating difficult illnesses.

  2. i can direct you towards a method that is highly similar to that saying. it is from a book i read called “the monk who sold his Ferrari”. the technique described in it is called the heart of the rose. it is all about repetition and has many insightful things to say about repetition. check it out. it’s all over google. title and h.o.t.r. you’ll get info. good luck.
    i pretty much had to put off any such working you speak of while i was in h.s. now that i am out i find plenty of time. if that doesn’t work for you, you can put aside 10-20 minutes a day for these things you need to work on.

  3. there is no truth to be proven of this but i supose if we were to dwell on something over n over like a hyperchondriac

  4. It sounds like this person has some bit of knowledge, but it is incomplete. Everyone creates their own reality to a degree because our sense data is processed through our mind and ego. The idea that we can forcefully take charge of our lives and through the power of our minds, create any reality we want, is a troublesome perspective, with implications those involved may not be aware of.

  5. He’s also speaking about ambition and a person’s passion…
    If it’s your life’s dream to become a doctor you’re going to have that in your subconscious no matter what…it’s your passion, it’s what drives you…nourishing that is having faith and belief in it and in yourself and as such you that’s something you want and you keep striving for it come hell or highwater that’s the repetition and emotion. And perseverence seldom fails…so it becomes your reality.
    I was very lucky– am very lucky because at an early age I found my calling…when I was in school I knew what I want to spend my life doing and with my sights firmly set on that goal I pursued it and now I can say it is my reality.
    But maybe you’re not there yet…sometimes it takes chasing a few of the wrong ones to find your true passion but what E.N. speaks of is not trivial, self serving goals…like I wanna be an actor because I wanna be rich…it’s bigger than that.

  6. Repetition with emotion is exactly the same than the way children are thought and also learn. Otherwise your subconscious is like a dummy : whatever you tell him repeatedly and with emotion, he will accept as truth.


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