What is self efficacy and why is it important?

Kelly Traver
Internal Medicine

"I can do it." This statement sounds so simple, yet it can be quite powerful if you really believe it. Brain is greatly influenced by whether you believe you can do something. In fact, your confidence in your ability to perform a task is often as important as the actual skill for doing it. Certainly you need the skill, but you also need to believe that you can make it happen. This concept is called self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is different from self-esteem, which refers to your feeling of self-worth. Self-efficacy refers to your belief in your ability to do something. Albert Bandura of Stanford University first introduced this theory of self-efficacy in 1977 in a seminal article entitled "Self-efficacy: Toward a Unifying Theory of Behavioral Change."

Simply believing in your ability to perform a task is often as important as having the actual skill for doing it.

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