This is what a Fortune Teller once told me when I was just a young, average bloke in my mid-twenties. I typically have little interest or belief in fortune telling and even though I just went to the Teller for the fun of it, I actually left with those words in my head “You will have seven years of good fortune…”and it positively affected my optimism, I somehow believed that this valuable insight would become my reality.
If you’re wondering whether the Fortune Teller’s prediction of my seemingly unpredictable future was correct, the answer is yes. I can clearly recall that those next several years of my life were great; my social life was thriving, I progressed in my education and career, I developed my financial stability and, to top it all off, I became fitter and my health improved significantly.
I rode high during that period of my life because, according to my new-found optimism, success over those seven years was a given, and so it didn’t really surprise me when virtually everything went to plan. I was so immersed in this mindset that, at the time, I barely noticed anything negative happening in my life.
Yes, it was true; I had many successes over these seven years. However, looking back with my (hopefully wiser) perspective, I’m now able to recognise that with these successes also came with many challenges; such as painful relationships, investments better forgotten, and difficult moments within my career and mistakes were made. But due to the anticipation of my ‘seven years of good fortune’, these less-desirable events were, as far as I was concerned at the time, inconsequential.
It’s interesting that, despite my scepticism of the ability to predict your future through tea leaves or have it influenced by the alignment of the stars, I allowed this prediction from a random Fortune Teller to shape my entire attitude for several years. ‘Coincidentally’ (whether you believe that or not is completely up to you) I have been in many situations over the years that could have ended in a number of unsuccessful ways, yet most of them were positive experiences.
I left the Fortune Teller that day in my mid-twenties protected by a ‘safety net’ of believing that I had ‘seven years of good fortune’ ahead of me; and, following that experience, I recognised a significant shift in my attitude. Over those next seven years I became familiar with always putting my best foot forward and consistently telling myself “I can make this work”. Now this is my permanent attitude towards life, without the need for a Fortune Teller’s predictions.
In the words of Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right”.