The Pygmalion Effect

The Greek myth of Pygmalion tells the story of a sculptor who fell so much in love with the perfectly beautiful statue he created that the statue came to life.

Named after the story, the Pygmalion effect is a psychological phenomenon in which high expectations lead to improved performance in a given area and low expectations lead to worse.

The stories we tell ourselves and others are one of the most common methods of setting expectations.

Tell a story that sets high expectations and your performance will likely improve.

Tell a story that sets low expectations and your outcomes will likely worsen.

Your move…