Self-Efficacy Quotes – The Belief In One’s Ability

Self-efficacy is a person’s belief in their own ability to successfully perform a particular task or achieve a specific goal.

It is a concept that was first introduced by psychologist Albert Bandura and has been extensively studied in the field of psychology.

Self-efficacy is an important factor in determining how individuals’ approach and pursue their goals.

When someone has a high sense of self-efficacy, they are more likely to believe that they can successfully accomplish the task at hand and are more likely to persevere in the face of challenges or obstacles.

Conversely, if someone has a low sense of self-efficacy, they may doubt their abilities and be more likely to give up or avoid starting required tasks altogether.

Therefore, self-efficacy is an important psychological concept that plays a significant role in determining how individuals’ approach and pursue their goals, and ultimately, how successful they are in achieving those goals.

The following quotes by Albert Bandura and others highlight the concept of self-efficacy and how our beliefs about ourselves can be helpful or limiting to our actions and outcomes.


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Self-Efficacy Quotes


“Self-efficacy is the belief in one’s capabilities to organize and execute the sources of action required to manage prospective situations.” Albert Bandura


“After people become convinced they have what it takes to succeed, they persevere in the face of adversity and quickly rebound from setbacks. By sticking it out through tough times, they emerge stronger from adversity.” Albert Bandura


self efficacy quotes by Albert Bandura


“What people think, believe, and feel affects how they behave. The natural and extrinsic effects of their actions, in turn, partly determine their thought patterns and affective reactions.” Albert Bandura


“Self-efficacy is the belief in one’s capabilities to organize and execute the sources of action required to manage prospective situations.” Albert Bandura


self efficacy quote by Bandura


“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” Lucius Seneca


“A theory that denies that thoughts can regulate actions does not lend itself readily to the explanation of complex human behavior.” Albert Bandura


“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” Mahatma Gandhi


“If self-efficacy is lacking, people tend to behave ineffectually, even though they know what to do.” Albert Bandura


“The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.” Epictetus


“People who hold a low view of themselves [will credit] their achievements to external factors, rather than to their own capabilities.” Albert Bandura


“Self-belief does not necessarily ensure success, but self-disbelief assuredly spawns failure.” Albert Bandura


quotes about self efficacy theory


“To reach a higher level of being, you must assume a higher concept of yourself.” Neville Goddard


“People who regard themselves as highly efficacious act, think, and feel differently from those who perceive themselves as inefficacious. They produce their own future, rather than simply foretell it.” Albert Bandura


“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz


“Our ability to handle life’s challenges is a measure of our strength of character.” Les Brown


“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Norman Vincent Peale


“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” Henry David Thoreau


“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha


“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.” Albert Schweitzer


“People who are burdened by acute misgivings about their coping capabilities suffer much distress and expend much effort in defensive action… they cannot get themselves to do things they find subjectively threatening even though they are objectively safe. They may even shun easily manageable activities because they see them as leading to more threatening events over which they will be unable to exercise adequate control.” Albert Bandura


“Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.” Confucius


“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” Daniel Goleman


“It is not what you want that you attract, you attract what you believe to be true.” Neville Goddard


“It is not what happens to you in life that makes the difference. It is how you react to each circumstance you encounter that determines the result. Every human being in the same situation has the possibilities of choosing how he will react – either positively or negatively.” Earl Nightingale


“There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or steppingstones; it all depends on how you use them.” Friedrich Nietzsche


“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.” Albert Schweitzer


“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” Epictetus


“When you are in difficulties, look upon the overcoming of them as a great adventure.” Emmet Fox


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