- Self-efficacy and confidence differ concerning the belief in the outcome.
- Self-efficacy people are more likely to have strong positive interpersonal relationships, high work performance and are less likely to suffer from mental health problems such as burnout
In contrast to confidence, self-efficacy is a rather unknown concept and is even unconsciously mistaken for confidence. This is reason enough to take a closer look at the concept, to work out the important differences, and to be able to apply it purposefully.
"A person's belief that they can be successful when carrying out a particular task." - Cambridge Dictionary
When you read the definition, you understand how people can confuse self-efficacy and confidence. Both concepts seem to be based on inner trust. And in this respect the two concepts also match, the difference is in the outcome.
Difference and Impact:
"Confidence is a nondescript term that refers to strength of belief but does not necessarily specify what the certainty is about. I can be supremely confident that I will fail at an endeavour." - Albert Bandura
The above quote from Albert Bandura hits the nail on the head. Self-efficacy people always believe in the successful outcome of a situation based on their belief in their abilities. In contrast, people can also be extremely self-confident that they will not succeed.
This difference also leads to other implications that self-efficacy can have on an individual's life. Research has shown that self-efficacy people are more likely to have strong positive interpersonal relationships. They have a high level of work engagement and are less likely to suffer from mental health problems such as burnout.
Believe not only in your abilities but also that you will succeed. Here are some ideas to make it happen:
- Remind yourself daily of situations in which you have succeeded. This way you train your brain to believe in it
- Look for role models. Look for specific actions from people you feel are self-efficative and copy them
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