Self-efficacy is the belief in your capability/capacity to be successful, to achieve or to attain.
It can play a huge part in affecting our chances for success. It is important to pay attention to self-efficacy when you are setting your goals as you must ensure that your efficacy beliefs are in line with your aims. Albert Bandura (1977), a humanist defined it as 'people’s beliefs about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance that exercise their influence over events that affect their lives'.
Self-efficacy is important as it strengthens our possibilities of becoming successful (in however you measure success).
In a world where people lack self-worth and experience an increased amount of self-doubt, self-efficacy is becoming more and more important. It plays a huge role in our lives as it influences our thoughts, emotions, actions and motivation. You must be able to trust in yourself to be able to achieve what you want to achieve in life.
The originator of the theory, Albert Bandura names four sources of efficacy beliefs.
Mastery experiences: Past success and failures impact our self-efficacy
Vicarious learning: The success and failures of relatable figures such as friends or family members impact our self-efficacy
Present state: The perception of our physical and mental health can develop self-efficacy
Observational learning: Success and failures of our personal role models can impact our core beliefs
1. Step out of your comfort zone and step into your learning zone:
2. Look at the bigger picture
3. Reframing your obstacles
Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny - Gandhi
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