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Self efficacy 101: What can YOU do?

I found this neat little phrase and knew that this was something that needed to be explored. Self efficacy is a strong positive way of life.

Self-efficacy is a person’s belief of his or her ability and capacity to accomplish a task or deal with the challenges in life.

So self-efficacy is not just a phrase, but a vessel.  A vessel that needs to be filled with positive affirming actions and self talk.

You could say that resilience is a strong factor in self efficacy.

And before you say it, I would like to add this self-efficacy is not self confidence. Self confidence is about your own belief of self worth and chances of succeeding.

It would be better to say that self confidence is self esteem and general self-efficacy combined.

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Self-Efficacy Role

You could say that most humans can figure out what goals they want to fulfill and things to attain or change.  The part that is hard is the actual achieving.  Not always so simple.

Humans with a strong sense of self-efficacy:

  • See taxing complications and jobs to be mastered
  • Develop a heavier commitment in their activities and interests.
  • Quick recovery from disappointments and setbacks.
  • Stronger attentiveness to participated activities.

On the other hand, humans weak of self-efficacy:

  • Don’t believe they can do anything hard as they wouldn’t want to fail since they can’t do them
  • Center themselves in the middle of their personal failures and negative outcomes
  • Have little confidence of their own personal abilities

Where do you fall in those two lists?

So Where Does Self Efficacy Come From?

As you may have guessed, it started in early childhood. But opportunities to strengthen or weaken this skill goes through your entire life.

Mastery in any experience in life will help you with self-efficacy. Are you good at making friends? Or maybe you are good at kicking people’s asses. Are you good at games like chess or singing or art?

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Also, where you see humans accomplish that have the same skills as you helps as well. As in, “If he can do that, then so can I!”

Obviously social persuasion is biggie, either way. Positive encouragement or negative discouragement. Sticking with the positive, self doubt can be dampened when good strong inspiration is given.

Mental and emotional responses and reactions can also be a factor. Stress levels, anxiety, even moods can wreak havoc on self efficacy. It is not the emotion, but your reaction to the emotion. Learning to improve mood and lower stress while dealing with an arduous task will help your self-efficacy to get better.

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Self-efficacy is like a feedback loop.  If you get good at something, then you have the confidence to keep doing well at it. It’s really that simple.

You can also watch this video of a Dr with no legs to help further reinforce what I typed.

I hope that the learning of this concept helps you to optimize your life more fully or maybe just give you a little wake up call of how powerful self efficacy is.

I would love to hear any comments you have and please share this with anyone you feel could learn from this post.


12 thoughts on “Self efficacy 101: What can YOU do?”

  1. Your post is overpoweringly positive and abundant with great advice. I think I learned about the benefits of self-efficacy. Thank you.


    1. Thank you, Ahmad. that indeed was my intention. I am glad you enjoyed. I hope you signed up for the newsletter for more. And thank you for your comments.

  2. Hmmm…

    Self-efficacy, huh?

    I admit that it does sound like a desirable trait. Self-esteem has certainly been over-rated, an self-confidence doesn’t always have a sound basis.

    People with low self-esteem can still work hard toward a goal if they think they can succeed (self-efficacy) and they want to succeed for the sake of others.

    I’ll have to think about this more. Do you have any further reading to suggest?

    1. Hello, Elizabeth. I have a page on my site for you to peruse through with free and Amazon books for you to try out. Plus my last post of all bonuses and free stuff. Plus lots of programs and audios to try, both free and nominal cost. Plus of course all the posts on my site. Something specific you are looking for?

  3. Wow! I am so glad that I read your post on “Self efficacy”. I had never heard of the term. I do try to live my life with ” The Power of Positive Thinking”. It has enriched my life and allowed me to accomplish what I feel are great things. This new information will be a tool in my too belt further on in life.

    1. Clyde, that is one of the books in my arsenal as well. I am glad I was able to share with you something new to help you. And thank you for your time and comments.

  4. Great article. I have always felt that feeling and thinking positive is a better way to live life, with everything that we do. At times, it can be a bit more challenging, depending on the situation. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Awesome post!

    I am really big into the Law of Attraction and I feel like Self Efficacy applies some of the same principles. I think I have always been really good at channeling my energy into good and definitely having a positive outlook.

    Never really knew what to call it but Self Efficacy is the thing now!

    Thanks for sharing, solid read.

    1. Well, thank you, Dalton. thank you for the compliments. there are so many different parts to this ‘puzzle’ of trying to live an awesome life and I try to get all the pieces together for us to figure out how to solve for ourselves. Hope all stay well in your world.

  6. Nice work once again, Brent. Not only some excellent words here, but that Dr with no legs was great, as were his legless friends. Thanks for sharing.

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