Here’s one way to improve confidence.

How do you start to believe in your capabilities? How do you gain confidence? 

“Self-efficacy is constructed through a complex process of self-persuasions…

In general, sport research has shown that self-efficacy is a positive predictor of motor skill acquisition, execution, and competitive sport performance… athletes with high self-efficacy are more likely to try hard, choose challenging tasks, experience more positive emotions and be less anxious.”

(Albert Bandura, Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control)

Doesn’t sound like a bad deal, right?

Who wouldn’t want to learn skills faster, be more motivated, try new and challenging things and live with less anxiety? Sign me up.

The Theoretical Model of Self-Efficacy gives four ways of having more efficacious beliefs. They are:

  1. Enactive Mastery (performance accomplishments)
  2. Vicarious Experiences
  3. Verbal Persuasion
  4. Physiological and Affective States

I briefly want to talk about the third one. Verbal Persuasion.

Verbal persuasion is when your peers, friends, family, coaches, etc. persuade you to have faith in your own abilities. 

Verbal persuasion, while found to be not entirely as beneficial as the other streams, still has a strong influence on self-efficacy (especially after a strong performance). 

Imagine being with someone who always was doubting your abilities and you felt like you were constantly being scrutinized? It would be hard to put yourself in challenging situations that would help you succeed and accumulate little wins. 

I want to draw your attention back to the concept of self-talk. While you may have someone ACTUALLY talking to you sporadically throughout the day – you see your coach and family a couple of hours a day and maybe your friends at practice every few days. 

But do you know who you are listening to all of the time? YOU.

If you aren’t thinking positive, constructive thoughts, you’re probably not going to feel very confident. There is no one in this life that you will spend more time listening to than… you. Choose your words wisely and be kind to yourself.

Write down your thoughts to truly become aware of them and then spend the time reframing those thoughts with ones that are more likely to help you.  

Don’t know how to do any of that? Reach out. We can help!

See you on your mat!

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