Mo­ti­va­tion booster

First For Women - - Insight -

At the start of a new ex­er­cise reg­i­men, try cheer­ing your­self on with a mantra like, “I’m self-dis­ci­plined, and I’ve got this!” In a study in the Per­son­al­ity and So­cial Psy­chol­ogy Bul­letin, re­searchers an­a­lyzed the be­hav­ior of more than

600 par­tic­i­pants as they tack­led chal­lenges re­quir­ing self-con­trol. What they dis­cov­ered: Suc­cess­ful folks weren’t nec­es­sar­ily more self-dis­ci­plined than their peers—they just thought they were. The study au­thors ex­plain that long­ing for greater self-con­trol erodes con­fi­dence, mak­ing every­thing feel harder, whereas be­liev­ing you have willpower translates to more dis­ci­plined ac­tion.

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