Pronoia is the feeling that the Universe is conspiring to help you.
It’s a prevalent theme in one of my favorite novels, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. In it, the protagonist, a young boy, is told by an older man to pursue his dreams. He tells the boy, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” The book also deals with omens, signs that the universe wants the boy to follow a specific path, which leads to his goal of fulfilling a dream.
There’s a saying in the startup world, that if you’re willing to do whatever it takes to make your idea work, you might as well pick a bigger market rather than a smaller one. The same can be extended to mindsets - if you’re willing to put in the work to become the best version of yourself, you might as well pick pronoia over paranoia.
This change towards a positive mindset is also self-fulfilling, i.e. the more you expect that, the more it actually works out. Instead of believing that someone is out to get you, why not think that other people are plotting to make you happy?
Until We Meet Again…