Positive Affirmations: Can They Help You Overcome the Odds Against You?
By Kevin Hogan
Where did the concept of "affirmations" begin?
If you or your team are already winners, you aren't going to be "affirming" your Self in some semi-honest fashion, correct?
The Underdog - Can He Overcome?
The great team plays an average team this week.
The average team's fans go wild. Maybe they have a chance at
the title...but the average team doesn't seem to be exerting
their best effort to defeat the excellent team. In fact, the
excellent team seems to be playing better than ever, and
ends up claiming the title yet another time.
But wait a minute.
Don't teams "play up to their competition?"
Do Affirmations Have Power?
Doesn't the underdog work harder to win?
And if not, what about using affirmations? Certainly, affirmations
would do the trick...
I mean...after all...EVERYONE KNOWS affirmations, especially
positive affirmations, cause you to win, make more money, be smarter
and even better looking...right?
Robert Lount of Ohio State and Nathan Pettit conducted a study
at Cornell University, seeking to explore issues in motivation.
They found that members of a superior group will work on average 30%
harder when competing against inferior groups, while the inferior groups
will work less.
This seems counterintuitive at first.
Why would the superior, higher status group work harder when they
probably don't have to?
Why wouldn't the inferior, lower status group
want to work harder to perhaps win the competition?
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