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Give Yourself Shoutouts to Step Up Your Work Performance
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Give Yourself Shoutouts to Step Up Your Work Performance

People who talk to themselves often become objects of laughter. Well, talking to yourself is the best way to clear your thoughts and come up with interesting ideas. It is important to give yourself a shoutout on and off. When you say "I can do a very good job," you will. This is why athletes often put their head down and murmur to themselves before a game. This gives them the required confidence and zeal to win. And, often you should count your achievements and give yourself a shoutout.

In one of the studies on effects of self-talk, UK researchers compared motivation techniques on more than 44,000 people with the participants divided into 12 experimental groups and one control group. They tested if what psychological skills would help people improve their scores in an online game.

In this intricate study, self-talk, imagery, and if-then planning were tested. Each of these psychological skills was applied to one of four parts of a competitive task: process, outcome, arousal-control, and instruction. Those who used self-talk, performed better than the control group in every portion of the task.

This kind of self-talk is better than bragging. Studies show that attempts to self-promote often have the opposite effect. Irene Scopelliti, a lecturer at City University London did a study on braggers and concluded that "most people probably realise that they experience emotions other than pure joy when they are on the receiving end of someone else's self-promotion. Yet, when we engage in self-promotion ourselves, we tend to overestimate others' positive reactions and underestimate their negative ones. These results are particularly important in the internet age, when opportunities for self-promotion have proliferated via social networking."

A pep talk is very important to bring your focus back to work. It has often worked with people who have too many things going on in their head. "In high-pressure situations self-talk is often relentless and critical. "People who use their own name or 'you' begin to think of the task more as an interesting challenge rather than as a threat," says Ethan Kross, PhD, the laboratory director of the Emotion & Self-Control Lab at the University of Michigan.

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(Also read: This Body Language Tip Will Help You In Overcoming Social Anxiety)

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