Self-belief (or self-efficacy) is a person’s belief in their ability to complete tasks and to achieve their goals (Bandura, 1995).
Self-belief means that you should have enough self-confidence to change, but not over-estimate your abilities, as that could become a fixed mindset attitude.
You should be willing to grow and adapt but still have ideas about your strengths and weaknesses so that you can work on the weaker areas.
Adapted from: University of Queensland (2019) Self-esteem and self-confidence. Available at: https://my.uq.edu.au/information-and-services/student-support/health-and-wellbeing/self-help-resources/self-esteem-and-self-confidence (Accessed: 14 May 2020)
As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility?
In Dr. Joseph's TEDx Talk, he explores self confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives.
This quiz from MindTools (scroll down the page a little) will assess how self-confident you are
Watch the following clip and think about what the main character says to his son a speech about resilience and self-belief.
Now consider the following:
Yeah, I don't know, you know. You'll probably be about as good as I was. That's kind of the way it works, you know. I was below average. You know, so you'll probably ultimately rank...somewhere around there, you know, so... You'll excel at a lot of things, just not this. I don't want you shooting this ball all day and night.
On seeing his son's reaction to the above speech:
Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you...you can't do something. Not even me...You got a dream...you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves...they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want something, go get it. Period. Let's go.
Adapted from: Open University (n.d.) Self-efficacy and self-esteem – what’s the difference? Available at: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ocw/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=64970§ion=1# (Accessed: 18 May 2020).