Working on our self-efficacy matters because it comes with great rewards.
It makes us more likely to set higher goals for ourselves and stay committed to them. Difficult situations become more of an exciting challenge rather than a scary threat. And even if we fail, high self-efficacy helps us realize that things went wrong not because we are a failure, but because we were not ready or didn’t put enough effort into it.
Self-efficacy helps us develop our skills or get us closer to our goals, making us feel good and get a self-esteem boost. It has also been linked to benefits such as:
- higher resilience
- healthier habits
- better work performance
- academic success
- reduced stress
- lower chance of depression
Additionally, feeling more capable can lead us to take smarter risks and be more confident in facing current challenges... but how to get there?