Have you ever been reluctant to try something new because it just seemed too out of reach? Too far out of your comfort zone to even know where to begin?
Have you ever kicked butt at something else? Maybe you started out pretty good, then you mastered the technique, and then you found ways to do it even better?
There’s good news for you! Psychological and behavioral research reveals a significant correlation between self-efficacy beliefs and the initiation and maintenance of health behaviors.
According to Albert Bandura, self-efficacy is the belief in one’s capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to manage prospective situations.
The belief that one can control stressful events is related to emotional well-being, successful coping, health behaviors, better performance on cognitive tasks, and good health. It has even been linked to a lower risk of mortality (Taylor, 2012).
What makes you great? What goal have you achieved? Is it a skill you have mastered?
How did you do it? Did you write a timetable? Enlist help? Reward yourself for accomplishments along the way?
Because if you can run that 5k, pass that stats class, or even make your bed on most days of the week…. You can do anything.