Best Motivation Comes from Within

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology looked at over 44,000 people. They had participants play online games and try out different motivational techniques to see what would improve their performance. They found those using self-talk, for example telling yourself “I can do better next time” — improved performance more than those in the control group in each portion of the task. The greatest improvements were seen in self-talk outcome (“I can beat my best score”); self-talk-process (“I can react quicker this time”); imagery-outcome (imagining yourself playing the game and beating your best score); and imagery-process (imagining yourself playing and reacting quicker than last time.) Watching a short motivational video was also found to help improve performance. If-then planning, on the other hand, was found to be the least successful motivator of the study, despite being an effective tool in weight management and other real life challenges. (EurekAlert!