The Road Not Taken – Believe in Yourself

“Believe in yourself” is a cliché that we hear so often and for a variety of situations. After a catch phrase becomes a cliché it loses its power and we usually don’t think about it twice. Well this cliché is one to remember.

The concept of believing in yourself is one that has been scientifically studied and linked to people’s ability to experience success in their career over time. Believing in yourself is being confident in yourself and your abilities. Albert Bandura, a Psychologist and researcher, states that your conception of your confidence in performing tasks is split between:

– What you know
– How you act
– And that people’s beliefs in your ability to accomplish things influences the actions you will take (1997).

This is called self-efficacy. Self-efficacy means that the majority of your ability to succeed in based in your beliefs of yourself and your actions alone. As you may already know, your self-confidence can be improved in a variety of ways including: past accomplishments, current learning, observing others and learning from them etc. And research shows that the higher your self-efficacy the wider the range of career options will be available to you.

So, the more you believe in yourself and the more you believe in your abilities, the more opportunities you will have in the future – but all within reason. There is one other thing you must consider here. Self-confidence is important, but you can’t expect that if you simply believe in yourself that new chances will present themselves to you – you also have to work on your skills. For example, you love baseball and want to become a professional player so you believe in yourself without ever having played a game in your life. Unfortunately, this won’t work out the way you hope.

Your confidence can help to motivate you to improve your skills even further, and this in turn can help to open doors for you in the future. So use your confidence and your belief in your abilities as a motivational tool to help push yourself to the next level in whatever you do and be one step closer to achieve your dreams.


Bandura, A. (1997). Self-efficacy: The exercise of control. New York: Freeman.

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