Self-Efficacy – 4th Component of the Transtheoretical Model of Change

April 8, 2012 at 07:00 Leave a comment


Transtheoretical Model of Change, Component #4

Self-Efficacy is defined as the belief in one’s ability to complete a task. As one progresses through the Stages of Change, we begin to see one’s belief in himself grow and grow. It is similar to self-confidence in that an individual begins to believe in himself.

However, self-efficacy is task-specific. It is influenced by past performance and experiences, support from others that build trust, physiological responses (heart rate, increased lung capacity, perceived exertion, etc.) as well as any emotional responses associated with the accomplished task.

People with a strong sense of self-efficacy:

  • View challenging problems as tasks to be mastered.
  • Will CHOOSE challenging acts to complete and pour more effort into achievement of that task.
  • Develop deeper interest in the activities in which they participate.
  • Persistent in their efforts to complete the task.
  • Form a stronger sense of commitment to their interests and activities.
  • Recover quickly from setbacks and disappointments.

Additionally, those individuals with a strong sense of themselves will further increase their self-efficacy by accomplishing the tasks they set out to achieve.

Working to improve your self-efficacy level will improve your probability of achieving a desired behavior. To learn a little more about Self-Efficacy, lows and highs, please visit our blog on Self-Efficacy.

And as always, health is in you, let’s find it together.

To your health,

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Patti Zikmund
CPBA, CPVA, Spinning®, WKC® Fitness Trainer



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