LIE NO. 10


iD magazine - - Body & Mind -

“Nu­mer­ous mo­ti­va­tional speak­ers have been try­ing for decades to sell us on the no­tion that lack of self-con­fi­dence is the root of all evil. But that is a big mo­ti­va­tion lie!” says St­ef­fen Kirch­ner. He’s con­vinced that the cause and the ef­fect are ac­tu­ally re­versed in this case. “The key to suc­cess­ful mo­ti­va­tion isn’t al­ways self-con­fi­dence; of­ten­times, it also en­tails in­se­cu­rity,” says Kirch­ner, who has sci­en­tif­i­cally eval­u­ated the mo­ti­va­tion of 200+ profession­al ath­letes. Nine out of 10 top ath­letes are al­ways un­cer­tain about them­selves, and they train much more in­ten­sively than oth­ers be­cause of this un­cer­tainty. A great ex­am­ple of this is Lionel Messi: The 28- year- old is cap­tain of Ar­gentina’s na­tional soc­cer team and a five-time FIFA Bal­lon d’or award win­ner— yet he gets in­se­cure. So his mo­ti­va­tion to im­press with ath­letic prow­ess is all the greater.

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