Self-Efficacy: 4 Key Reasons Why Believing in Yourself Matters

“Believe in yourself.” Everyone has heard these words more times than you can count. It may seem generic, positive mumbo jumbo, but these words have actual value. The act of believing in yourself and your capabilities is known as self-efficacy. 

This is one of the most researched psychology topics to this day and for a good reason. A strong sense of self-efficacy has been linked to success in varying ways. And for those with low self-efficacy, achieving success can be improbable.

“Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.”

― Roy Bennett

Four key reasons why believing in yourself matters.

  • When you believe in yourself and have a strong sense of self-efficacy, you can smoothly chase and obtain your goals.

Self-efficacy has been proven to impact how efficiently we chase our dreams and if we even set goals to achieve them in the first place. When you have low confidence in your abilities and cannot picture yourself obtaining a plan, there is little motivation to get the idea off the ground. 

Why would you waste your energy working for something you doubt? Yet if you believe in yourself and take the time to visualise your accomplishments, this makes you more excited, dedicated, and willing to work for your goals. 

Your interest in a task is considerably enhanced when you believe in yourself and your level of commitment towards the task at hand.

  • Believing in yourself makes you perseverant and tenacious

Self-efficacy gives you a sense of well-being and purposefulness. When you believe that you are capable, a few roadblocks will not be enough to stop you. It has been observed that those with solid self-belief are better equipped to pick themselves back up when they meet an obstacle and continue towards their goal, rather than letting a complication or mistake knock them off course and quit altogether. 

You will see difficulties as a chance to grow or hone a new skill instead of a menacing danger to be avoided. There is a bonus in overcoming these hurdles; when you are challenged and find a way to solve the problem, it increases the strength of your self-efficacy because it proves that you can succeed in the face of adversity.

  • Self-efficacy can play an essential role in your mental health.

If you have low self-efficacy and confidence, you will often find yourself battling thoughts of defeat, failure, and perhaps even depression. 

Maintaining belief in yourself will lead to optimism, success, and happiness because you know that you are accomplished and can handle situations as they arise. Learning how to manage your mind and emotions is very important to increasing your self-efficacy. 

When you feel anxious about facing a new task, you may not feel capable. If you can learn to relabel that emotion and redirect the energy, it can create a different outlook on the situation. Instead of thinking you are anxious, try to call the emotion excitement.

The new task is exciting because you can learn an additional skill. Redirection is an effective technique to change your mindset about a situation.

  • It also can help elevate your physical health.

Believing in yourself gives you an advantage when it comes to your physical health as well. When you are confident and sure that you can achieve what you put your mind to, it is easier for you to adhere to a new diet, show up for your new exercise routine, or stay away from alcohol when trying to remain sober. 

This self-belief makes it easier to envision yourself successfully achieving the goal and focus on the benefits of that success.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” –Thomas Jefferson