Thinking I can do better can boost performance

Self motivation words “I can do better” can do wonders and improve your performance, new research says.

The findings showed that people using self-talk, like telling oneself “I can do better next time” – performed better than the control group in every portion of the task.

The study called over 44,000 people to discover which physiological skills would help people improve their scores in an online game. The methods tested were self-talk, imagery and if-then planning.

Online interventions that focus on increasing motivation, increased arousal, efforts invested, and pleasant emotions were the most effective. If-then planning was found to be one of the least successful, watching a short motivational video was also found to improve performance

The study paper was published in Frontiers in Psychology

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