We all know that certain someone with an inflated ego. Sure, they’re good at what they do, and they have a way of looking immaculate even at the final hour before Friday knock off, but all of this belies a certain hubris and heightened sense of self. So we certainly don’t blame you for thinking of pride in a bad light.
According to research, pride in its most authentic form can actually serve as a great motivational tool for better performance. Let’s take a look, shall we? Pride is defined as “a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of one’s close associates, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.” And when you think about it, long nights that lead to a successful result should be celebrated, right?
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In a study conducted by the University of British Columbia and the University of Rochester, researchers measured the authentic pride of university students after an exam. They found that those who reported feeling a low sense of fulfilment and accomplishment post-exam, and who said they would change strategy for the next test, showed improvements a few weeks later. Comparatively, those students who performed poorly and revealed no signs of resulting low pride showed no signs of improvement. This was a similar case for surveyed runners, who were inspired to change strategy after a poor performance, thus improving in a later race.
These examples show that pride acts as a “barometer of achievement” that helps motivate us to change. Those who take time to reflect and use those emotions positively can benefit from their ability to shape how we behave and perform. So, next time you’re really in the mood to give yourself a high-five or buy yourself those new kicks in celebration, we suggest you embrace it and let it fuel your next mission to dominate.