14
Jul
10

Spaniards Must Be Killing It

I’ve been reading some stuff about motivation, willpower and self-control, and one thing that helps people exert more energy and follow through on difficult tasks is a sense of perceived effectiveness. When people have confidence in their own abilities, they are more likely to perform tasks successfully and with more focus.

This study is based on an earlier study about soccer matches which shows that people who strongly identify with a team rate their own competency as higher on tasks that they must then perform. The mechanism for this effect is identity formation. Die-hard fans treat the wins and losses of their teams as a kind of personal success or failure, which then affects their own judgment about how competent they are.

Spaniards must be so effective at achieving their goals right now.

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