Much research indicates that people underestimate their personal probability of encountering negative events. These findings may be interpreted either in terms of unrealistic optimism or in terms of an illusion of control. Current research has not attempted to distinguish between these two positions though it is shown that it is possible to do so.
Bruce Jenner (winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon and pictured on the Wheaties box) averaged the equivalent of a little better than 3rd place in each race — and he still won the decathlon by a substantial margin. :Continue reading:
Sometimes in life, we can get stuck in a situation that hinders our potential. At the time, we tell ourselves that it is only temporary. Years later, we look back and realize that we have lost much of our lives and are now so stuck that we will probably have to remain here for most of our lives. It could be a job or career, position, higher education program, a relationship, house, geographical location, or any circumstance in life. With more people in career transition than any time in recent history, ‘situation deathics’ is becoming epidemic, and can be severely life debilitating.