You’ve got this, Jimmy. You can write a blog post that people will find both informative and entertaining.
You’ve come up with some good headlines in the past, Jimmy. You can do it again.
Sorry, I was just trying to psyche myself up (for some unknown reason, when I refer to myself in the third person, I call myself Jimmy. Just ask Jimmy’s family).
Apparently, when trying to give yourself a pep talk, it’s better to refer to yourself in the third person, rather than saying things like “I can do this.”
At least according to Dan Ariely.
Here is one of the letters he received this week:
I have a job interview coming up. For the past week I’ve been very stressed about it, and to help myself cope I’ve been giving myself little pep talks in front of the mirror. What else can I do to deal with the stress? —Julia
And here was his response:
Telling ourselves “I’ve got this” or “I’m so ready for this” is a very common strategy for preparing for a challenge, and it makes intuitive sense. But self-talk can actually be more effective if you use the third-person: “Julia’s got this” instead of “I’ve got this.” Using the third person creates an emotional separation between ourselves and the stressful event, making it feel more like enthusiastic support from a friend. Research shows that this approach can help people manage stress more effectively. So from me to you: “Julia, you got this.”
So Jimmy will find out how effective this is.
Will this be Jimmy’s big breakthrough?
Will this be the post that gets Jimmy on all the late-night talk shows?
Will this the post that gets Jimmy a seven-figure book deal?
Or will this just be another post in a long line of Jimmy’s posts that make people wonder why they spent two minutes reading it…
I’m counting on you, Danny..
P.S. Speaking of Jimmy, I can’t pass up these clips from a classic Seinfeld episode: