Self-Efficacy by Kayla Sharee Baucom

Self-efficacy is the sense that you are competent and effective as a whole. This is different than self-esteem in that self-esteem is more about self-worth whereas self-efficacy is about your abilities.

My example is about myself. I am a gymnast, and have been off and on for years. I am currently taking a gymnastics class right now and was very frustrated in the beginning of the class because I could not do some of the things I used to be able to do. One day the assistant coach was critiquing me on one of my skills and told me I couldn’t do it because I lacked the strength.  In the past, I had always struggled with the skill, but by the end of the season, or class, I could always do it.

Since the assistant coach told me I couldn’t do the skill that I had been working on because I am not strong enough, I experienced low self-efficacy because I believed him. I no longer felt that I was competent and effective in that area of gymnastics. I am still a good person, so my self-esteem was not damaged, but my self-efficacy for that skill is now lower.

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  1. #1 by yellowgirl28 on June 5, 2012 - 11:15 AM

    I like your example and how well it demonstrates self-efficacy. It is so true that when you are not as competent in an area, having someone make a comment about it and put you down decreases the self-efficacy you are trying to build for yourself. Even when you have a great sense of self-efficacy, sometimes your own peformance or others’ perceptions of how well you do can challenge it.

    Liz Ammons

  2. #2 by kcalvarado1989 on June 5, 2012 - 8:33 PM

    This is a wonderful example of self-efficacy. It is definitely those moments where we begin to doubt ourselves that it is the hardest to have confidence, especially if it is about something that is central to your sense of self. I know nothing about gymnastics but I would suggest that in order for you to build your self esteem you just might need to remove yourself from such a high stress environment and go to HangTime (or to another trampoline/foam pit place) and just practice all of the flips that you learned. The people there don’t know that you are struggling with a particular thing because they will be blinded by your mad skillz! . 😀
    -kim alvarado

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