I wont lie Self efficacy is not a word I usually use, but when I looked it up to check its true meaning, I was happy to see that it’s basically what I do for a living.
How had I missed that!
Self efficacy according to the Oxford English Dictionary says:
• A personal power or capacity to produce an intended effect (rare).
• A person’s belief in his or her ability to effect change in his or her life, achieve goals, or produce desired results.
So can you say you truly believe you will get the results you want?
Do you have faith and trust that you are going to get where you want to go?
And why does it even matter?
In this article, we will look into the definition of self efficacy and how you can improve yours.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What Is Self Efficacy?
- How to Improve Your Self Efficacy
- Final Thoughts
- More Related to Self Efficacy
What Is Self Efficacy?
Let’s start by looking at 5 signs that you don’t have the right level of self efficacy.
- You stop taking action and procrastinate over things.
- You don’t like to set goals.
- You fear failing.
- Your internal dialogue is always moaning at you.
- You don’t do anything about the things you hate in your life.
Self efficacy is really about what you believe. And when you appreciate how powerfully your beliefs impact on your actions and results in every area of life, it can be enough to make you never want to think again!
Improving your self efficacy is critically important to your success, happiness and even your health. If you don’t believe it is going to work, why would you bother to take any action?
Self efficacy also means that even when things go wrong, you still believe it can go well. As Michael J. Fox said,
“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”
He’s right, when your self esteem and self respect remain in tact no matter what, you will find a way to get what you want.
A lack of self efficacy can be the difference between failure and success. Take the client I am working with at the moment, (I’ve their permission to talk about them) who wanted to work with me to grow their business.
We started by looking at their strategies and plans, and even their goals, but ultimately the biggest Eurekas that have led to the biggest sales and successes came from boosting what they thought about themselves:
- How can a thought make you sell more?
- How can a thought help you get your dream job?
- How can what you think impact on your time management?
How to Improve Your Self Efficacy
So now we are starting to see why self efficacy is so important for us all, how do we improve it?
1. Check What You Currently Think
It’s no good improving something unless you have a bench mark to compare it with!
So ask yourself honestly on a scale of 1 to 10 these questions (10 being awesome and 1 being awful);
- How much do you believe in your ability to get the result you want?
- How much do you believe people respect you?
- How likely are you to get where you want in life?
You don’t need to be scoring 10 across the board, however, if you gave yourself consistently low scores, then the key to being more successful could lie in improving your self efficacy.
It’s worth remembering a little doubt is good for you. If you score 10 for questions like these, it’s possible that you haven’t really appreciated what is involved or what is going on.
A little healthy doubt is good for you because it means you worry about the outcomes. You want things to go well and you want to apply yourself.
There’s a big difference between being a little nervous about chairing your first meeting (7 out of 10) and being petrified and assuming its going to be the worse experience of your life (1 out of 10).
A little drop in your scores makes you work harder, learn more and practice. All things that mean you then have more control over the result any way.
2. Learn to Love Yourself
You don’t need to go around the streets shouting “Hello, I’m awesome.” However, you do need to internally believe that you are wonderful just the way you are.
A good tester is to say to yourself these sentences (which are highly likely to make you squirm) and see how you feel:
- I love being me.
- I’m fabulous.
- I’m great at what I do.
- People adore me just the way I am.
Read more: https://www.lifehack.org/838422/what-is-self-efficacy