“People’s level of motivation, affective states, and actions are based more on what they believe than on what is objectively the case.”
What Does Self Efficacy Mean
Self Efficacy is how much control you believe you have in your life and how your life goes. Successful and confident people believe they have complete control in their lives – or a high-efficacy. These people take full responsibility for everything that they did and did not do and fully believe in their ability to succeed. As a result, they are inevitably successful. Unsuccessful and negative people believe they have no control of their lives. These people often cast blame on others or make up excuses for their situation or factors out of their control instead of accepting what is or what has happened and taking responsibility. Having high self efficacy is critical in creating the life you want to life. There are 3 ways Self Efficacy affects your life:
How Self Efficacy Affects Your Life
- Your ability to set big goals.
Somebody with high efficacy will set big goals simply because they believe they can do big things. People with low efficacy will have wishes but often won’t have goals and will often talk themselves out of it.
2. Overcoming setbacks
People with high self efficacy often have more resilience to depression, anxiety and have more motivation to achieve their goals. This is due to their positive mindset, not blaming others or their circumstance and taking full control and accountability in their lives.
3. Your level of personal accountability
This one is very important. This means that whatever happens you take responsibility for it. Most people have a victim mindset. They say I grew up poor. They say I was bullied. They say its not my fault. They focus on the negative and what they can’t control so they don’t have to take accountability in their life. This mindset is not helpful. Its always easier to cast blame on things out of your control – then conclude its not my fault, then to work hard towards your goals.
The Epitome of Self Efficacy
In order to drive this point home of self efficacy I want to give you an example of someone with extremely high self efficacy. In T. Harv Eker’s book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth Eker tells a tale of a hurdler named Perdita Felicien. She was a reigning world champion in the 100m hurdles and heavily favored to win the gold in the 2004 Olympic games. In the final race she hit the first hurdle and fell hard. She was unable to complete the race. She wanted this more than anything in her entire life. For the past four years she has been training for this moment 6 hours a day. Every single day. She just lay there with tears in her eyes as she slowly came to grips with her failure. The next morning at a news conference she said something like “I don’t know why it happened but it did. I am going to use it. I am going to focus even more and work even harder for the next four years. Who knows what my path would have been have I won. Maybe it would’ve dulled my desire. I don’t know. But what I do know is that i’m hungrier than ever. I’ll be back even stronger. Just you watch.”
All I can say is Wow what an inspiration! Instead of blaming her failure on bad luck she took full responsibility for what had happened. While many people would have blamed the circumstance, for her, blaming her loss on anything other than herself takes away her power. She knows she can’t control what happened in the past. She can’t control her ‘luck’. The only thing she could control is herself and her actions. So by taking full accountability for what had happened she can learn from it and gain more power and control in her own life. With this mindset she is able to draw inspiration from the failure instead of discouragement and come back stronger than ever.
The Self Efficacy Mindset
There is a certain mentality that comes with being successful in your craft. Its that mindset of I’m never giving up no matter what happens. The mindset of I will take full responsibility for my failures and my life. The mindset of i’m not going to be just good or great I am going to be the best.
I want you to reflect on your own life and find where you casted blame on something out of your control which stopped you from pursuing your goals. Perhaps you blamed your circumstance. Maybe you blamed your environment, or your past. Whatever the reason I want you to take full responsibility for whatever happens to you. This mindset isn’t easy to obtain. The first step is being aware of who your giving control of your life to. Is it your circumstance, your past or other people that has control of your life? Or is it you? Who are you giving control of your life to and when are you going to take it back?
Have a great day!
If you are still confused about self-efficacy and how it affects your life check out the video below. I think it explains it even better than I have.