Self-efficacy: A psychological trick to ‘hack’ your focus and motivation - Deepstash

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The Worst Offender In Your Lack Of Focus

The Worst Offender In Your Lack Of Focus

Lack of self-efficacy, that is your confidence (or belief) in navigating a challenging situation and shooting down potential obstacles is a fundamental reason for the inability to focus.

  • Coined in 1977 by psychologist Albert Bandura, self-efficacy is different from confidence, as it relates to a particular task or topic.
  • High self-efficacy results in less stress and depression and almost guarantees your personal accomplishment.
  • A low self-efficacy results in procrastination, failure and blame games.

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Impact Of Self-Efficacy On Your Ability To Focus

Procrastination, motivation and focus relate to our emotions and internal feelings. Fear and uncertainty play a big role in these emotional issues. Low self-efficacy lowers our guard towards the internal distractions and one is easily stressed out.

A high self-efficacy insulates us from the emotional problems that affect our focus negatively.

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Four Elements To Build Self-Efficacy At Work

  1. Mastery experiences: Convince yourself about your capability by completing small but difficult tasks using deliberate practice.
  2. Vicarious experiences: Observe and be with people doing the tasks you want to do successfully. Find mentors and guides that push you towards your success.
  3. Social persuasion: Create opportunities for review and feedback in an earlier stage of the project, ensuring it is sincere.
  4. Our emotional state: Remove stressful thoughts and focus on being effective and positive by changing your inner voice.

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A Practical Guide To Building Motivation And Focus

How to hack your self-efficacy to provide you with the desired confidence, in spite of the inevitable obstacles:

  1. Break your goal into smaller tasks.
  2. Track your progress using any tracker app.
  3. Set up steps to get feedback at an early stage.
  4. Ask questions, request for help and guidance.
  5. Keep your stress and doubts aside for a while.
  6. Celebrate your wins, however small and reflect on what has worked.

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