I recently came across an article about a study conducted in Japan that I'd like to share. Thirteen students were blindfolded and told that their right arm was being rubbed with a poison ivy plant; however it was actually rubbed with a harmless leaf. The next day, ALL of the thirteen students had either a rash, redness, or itching on their right arms. Another group of thirteen were blindfolded and told that their arm was being rubbed by a harmless leaf, but it was actually being rubbed by the leaf of a poison ivy plant. The next day only TWO of the students reported any symptoms. What these scientists were attempting to prove was the existence of a long known theory called the Expectancy Theory. What can we learn from this simple experiment? Psychologists who believe in this theory say it is proof that our life is the result of everything we've created and you get in life only what you create. In other words, your expectations lead to creation. If you expect something positive, that is what you get and the same is true for your negative thoughts. Expectations that the brain creates are as real as those created in the real world by events.
So are you asking how this could possibly be related to travel? Through some of my interactions with clients, I think I've observed this phenomenon. Recently I heard someone say, "I'm glad you share your travel pictures. I'll probably never get there." And they probably won't- just because of their belief! I've also had clients who have let minor incidents in their travels ruin their entire vacation. They just couldn't realize that things happen sometimes and it's okay to let it go so you can enjoy the rest of your trip. I don't know about you, but I plan to use this theory to my advantage. I'm going to believe that I will check off the next destination on my bucket list very soon!