Looking for more confidence?

On our podcast this week I briefly talked about one of the theories of self-efficacy (one’s belief in their ability to do something). If you haven’t had a chance to listen or didn’t know we HAD a podcast… no worries, we’ve only published two episodes! But, they can be found here for Apple or here for Spotify. Or, wherever you get your podcasts (Me-Search is the name of the show!). 

Confidence and Self-Efficacy. These terms seemed to be used interchangeable, but self-efficacy is our belief in our ability to do SOMETHING while confidence has just been deemed a nondescript term (at least according to Albert Bandura).

Why is confidence such a hot topic and so important?

“The most consistent finding in peak performance literature is the direct correlation between self-confidence and success” Cognitive Techniques for Building Confidence and Enhancing Performance (Zinsser, Bunker & Williams)

That’s why! 

Confidence helps us chase our goals, be more comfortable in our skin and put ourself ‘out there’ more.

In the podcast, I spoke about four ways (according to the Theoretical Model of Self-Efficacy) that are theorized to help one create confidence:

  1. Enactive Mastery
  2. Vicarious Experiences
  3. Verbal Persuasion
  4. Physiological and Affective States

I’m going to give a brief overview- but I’ll encourage you to go to the podcast to hear more detailed descriptions!

1) Enactive mastery. refers to your own performance accomplishments. If you’ve done something once, you’ll more than likely tell yourself that you can do it again. 

Success breeds Success.

2) Vicarious experiences. When we see someone carry out a task and we see our own level of competency at a similar level, we say to ourselves:

I can do that too! Or, if they can do it, I can do it.

Seeing someone else achieve something (if you are on the same skill level) may give you the extra confidence to go achieve something similar.

3) Verbal persuasion. When your peers, friends, family, coaches, etc. persuade you to have faith in your own abilities. In the podcast, I also throw in the importance of self-talk here – because we spend the most time listening to ourselves! 

4) Physiological and Affective States. How are you perceiving your physiological state?

Do you perceive butterflies in the stomach as a sign that you’re not ready to perform, or that your body is telling you it’s primed to perform?

People with low self-efficacy are more likely to interpret those butterflies and nerves as a sign they are not ready. 

I don’t think you’re human if you don’t get nervous. Sidney Crosby

Head on over to our podcast to hear the breakdown of the four ways AND the exciting story of the 4-minute mile!

See you on your mat!