I recently read about an incredibly interesting study that demonstrates how your mindset, and what you say to yourself before you complete a task, can improve or detract from your performance.
This experiment was conducted by Harvard Business School Professor, Alison Wood Brooks. She had 113 people sing the song Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey to an audience using the Nintendo Wii game Karaoke Revolution. This game tracks how accurately you sing the song and gives you a percentage score at the end. 100% means you sang the song perfectly.
She broke the individuals up into three groups.
Well, did this have any impact on their scores? Sure enough it did.
While this is a fun example to talk about, it is important to note that Alison got very similar results when she did experiments with people giving a work-related speech and another one in which people had to solve a difficult math problem.
So the next time you have an important event coming up in which you need to perform your best, I encourage you to reappraise your anxiety as excitement. Perhaps, this and just simply repeating the words, “I’m so excited” in your head can help you perform at your personal best.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance