Most of us—whether we know it or not—hold the belief that change for the better is much more difficult than change for the worse. We tend to ignore signs of progress. By contrast, we interpret signs of decline as legitimate indicators of decline.
We can persuade ourselves that we are, indeed, highly capable of change. When people are primed to believe success was the most likely outcome, they were more likely to notice progress toward positive change, rather than magnifying setbacks and concluding that improvement effort was doomed. Instead of feeding one another the erroneous belief that change is a rare, herculean accomplishment, we should remember that adaptation by change is the rule of human existence—not the exception.