What’s the best way to get motivated?

What’s the best way to get motivated?

via Upworthy by James Gaines

Scientists tested 3 ways to psych yourself up. One was the clear winner

Let’s say you’re playing a game of soccer and it’s not going well.

It’s been a long, tough game so far, and while everyone on your team has been playing pretty well, the other team is ahead.

You know you can push through and win … but first you need to psych yourself up. So what would you do? Would you give yourself a pep talk? Plan out an elaborate strategy?

What’s the best way to motivate yourself to not just stay in the game, but to actually do better?

Scientists wanted to test this question, so they set up an odd little competition.

Scientists in England recruited nearly 45,000 people (a stupendously huge sample size for a psych study, by the way) and pitted them against a computer in a kind of virtual race. The players had to try to find their ways through randomized grids of numbers as fast as they could.

Each player got three chances to play this game (plus one practice round). Between the rounds, the players were given different kinds of video motivational messages (presented by Olympic athlete Michael Johnson, which is kind of delightful).

The messages broadly fell into three categories…

…keep reading HERE for the full & original article including the answer to the most effective way to psych yourself up!