Self-talk can boost our confidence and help us to reach our goals. For example, "I will start going to the gym" or " I will complete this coding course."
However, research suggests that when considering our goals, asking ourselves a question (Will I?") is more powerful than giving ourselves an order ("I will"). This is known as the Willpower Paradox.
Without realising, our goals often originate from an outside source, such as societal pressure or a promotion at work. This works well in the short term, but only if the external rewards feel satisfying.
In contrast, asking ourselves a question is more effective than giving ourselves an order because it leads to intrinsic motivation. We are motivated to reach a goal in and for itself.
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