The Importance of Self Confidence
To put it bluntly, if you don’t believe you can do it … you won’t!
I wouldn’t have got to where I am now as a Health & Exercise Specialist if I didn’t believe that I could do it. I set out realistic aims and goals and built myself up to where I am now. So as far as I am concerned Self Belief and confidence is a major factor in achieving your goals.
If you are dieting without fully believing you are going to achieve the weight loss you set out to achieve then the chances of losing the weight is reduced, you would be more likely to think ‘ahh what harms this pizza going to do, I probably won’t lose the weight I want anyway’ If you believe you are going to lose the weight you are much more less likely to stray from the diet.
A famous sports psychologist, Albert Bandura did a lot of work on self efficacy. He defined self-efficacy as one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed in specific situations, so in basic terms your belief in being able to achieve the goal you’ve set out to achieve.
The more you believe the more you achieve! Bandura is widely regarded as the greatest living psychologist, so who are we to argue.
“I don’t think it’s bragging to say I’m something special.”
Confidence is related to your personality, there is a great difference between self confidence and arrogance. If you are confident you believe that you can achieve it without rubbing everyone else’s noses in it which is arrogance. Every one of you is capable of achieving the goals that you have set for yourself as long as they are realistic.
From a scientific point of view there are 6 sources of self confidence in an adaptation of Feltz model of self confidence (1984), as I know you are all very busy people I will show you what I believe to be the most important ones to you.
- Performance Accomplishments – Say in your first month of dieting and exercise you have lost 4 pounds, this will increase your confidence going into the next month as you have proved that you can do it.
- Being Involved With The Success Of Others – If you see your friend who you train or diet with achieve the results they want it can have a positive effect on you, especially if they are similar to you.
- Verbal Persuasion – If your personal trainer tells you that you can do it or you will do it, as well as telling yourself you can do it is a good source of confidence.
- Imagery Experience – For example if you are in the gym getting ready to attempt 10 pull ups, you’ve only done this once before. Try to imagine the time you did achieve it, recreate it in your head, this will help you to believe you can do it again.
I do believe and I know that many of you are confident individuals; the confidence you get from successful dieting and training with me is great and will help you out a lot.
I’ll give you a quick exercise for you all to do. I want you to get a piece of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle, on the left hand side I want you to write down the situations which you are high in confidence in and on the right hand side write down the situations you are low in confidence in. Just identifying these and being aware of the different situations is a good start.
So there is this week’s instalment for you, I hope you enjoyed reading it and can take something away from it.
“You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.”
Committed to Your Health and Vitality,