I recently read a study that I find fascinating. Here is the link so you can read the entire study. I will summarize below. Blood Doc
Motivating Goal-Directed Behavior through Introspective Self-Talk
There were a series of experiments. One experiment involved solving anagrams. Participants were more likely to solve anagrams if they prepared for the task by asking themselves whether they would work on anagrams as opposed to declaring that they would.
In the following three experiments, merely writing, “Will I” as opposed to “I will” produced better anagram-solving performance and stronger intentions to exercise, suggesting that priming the interrogative structure of self-talk is enough to motivate goal-directed behavior.
How does the way in which you talk to yourself shape your future actions? What if asking yourself a question about your potential behavior increased the likelihood of that behavior?
As introspection often takes the form of self-talk (a conversation with oneself), the language used in this self-talk is likely to affect how the mental contents of the talk are represented.
Several independent lines of research and practice suggest that engaging in interrogative as opposed to declarative talk (e.g., Will I vs. I will) may lead to increased intrinsic motivation.