Mindfulness, Wellness, Health

Self-efficacy and How to Be More Positive

By: Raymond Achille

What if you could be, do, or have anything you desired?  Who would you be? What would you do? What would you have? Once you have decided on the answers to these questions, you can create some goals and begin your journey of their attainment. Today you will learn how self-efficacy and maintaining a Positive Present Perspective (PPP) can help you accomplish anything you desire while feeling good in the process.

What is Self-Efficacy?

Self-efficacy, by definition, is your belief in your ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task. This concept was defined by a psychologist named Albert Bandura, whose research found that the more self-efficacy you have, the higher the odds you will be successful based on the decisions you make when faced with challenges. When you believe in your ability to succeed, you are more likely to demonstrate discipline, patience, and perseverance, all necessary qualities to achieve success. Conversely, when you do not believe in your ability to succeed, you create an environment where you allow fear to cause inaction, which slows down any progress on your goal.

Since the basis of self-efficacy is a belief, you have the ability to influence your self-efficacy based on your perspective and the thoughts you consistently think. The more negative thoughts you think, the more negative emotions you feel, which creates resistance along your journey and lowers your self-efficacy. The more positive thoughts you think, the more positive emotions you feel, which allows abundance to flow into your life, making the attainment of your goal easier and more enjoyable. This increases your self-efficacy. Remember, how you feel matters.

A Positive Present Perspective

Along your journey of success, the quality of your perspective will determine the quality of your experience. Perspective, by definition, is a particular attitude toward something, and to be present means to be fully focused on what you are doing or experiencing. When you have a positive attitude towards anything you observe, you feel positive emotions as a result, increasing the enjoyment of your experience.

By maintaining a Positive Present Perspective (PPP), you create an environment where you feel good about where you are on your journey. This particularly comes in handy when you experience an obstacle, which is common during the pursuit of any goal. When you look at an obstacle through the lens of a PPP, instead of seeing a problem, you see an opportunity to learn and grow. The more you maintain a PPP and experience positive emotions along your journey, the more you allow abundance to flow into your life and reinforce the belief you have in your ability to succeed.

How to Maintain a Positive Present Perspective

Maintaining a Positive Present Perspective is simple and can be executed by following this 3-step process:

Step 1: Consistently be aware of your thoughts and beliefs.

Step 2: Fearlessly take accountability for your habits and results.

Step 3: Constantly appreciate what you have, by treating it like what you want.

Step 1: Consistently be aware of your thoughts.

The key to this step is awareness. Being aware is the perception of a situation or fact. In order to perceive a situation, you must maintain a Positive Present Perspective. If you spend time being aware of your thoughts each day, you will develop the ability to manage them. If you are able to manage your thoughts, then when you observe a negative thought you can direct your attention to a positive thought that supports the belief you have in your ability to achieve your goal. Remember, the more positive thoughts you think, the more abundance you allow to flow into your life!

One way you can practice observing your thoughts is mindfulness meditation. During this mediation, you create an environment with minimal distractions where you can focus specifically on your breathing. When thoughts arise, you gently bring your attention back to your breathing. The more consistently you practice this meditation, the more effectively you can observe your thoughts, giving your attention only to those that are positive and support your goals.

Step 2: Fearlessly take accountability for your thought habits.

The key to this step is accountability. Being accountable means, you make the choice to take responsibility for your thought habits and the results they get, either positive or negative, based on those thoughts. In order to take responsibility for your thought habits, you must maintain a Positive Present Perspective. You can then accept that you are the creator of your reality, and in order for your results to change, your thought habits must change. Demonstrating fearlessness is also important. By being fearless, you have the courage to face any thought or result that does not support your goal and practice bravery by swapping that thought out with a more supportive one.

One way you can practice being accountable for your thought habits is by reciting positive affirmations. The positive affirmations you choose should support the person you want to become based on the goals you are currently working towards. The more consistently you recite these positive affirmations, the more you will believe them. In moments when you are faced with a non-supportive thought, you will be able to swap it out with one of the supportive positive affirmations. 

Step 3: Constantly appreciate what you have by treating it like what you want.

The key to this step is appreciation. Appreciate means to recognize the full worth of something. The only way for you to recognize the full worth of what you have is by maintaining a Positive Present Perspective. Once you appreciate what you have, you can then maintain this appreciation by treating what you have as if it were what you wanted. The demonstration of your appreciation creates the feeling that you already have what you want, even if you have not obtained it yet. This is powerful because your brain cannot tell the difference between imagination and reality so the more you demonstrate appreciation for what you have, as if it were what we want, the faster you will attract that which you desire into your life.

One way to practice appreciating what you have is by mindfully treating what you have like what you want. Based on your current goals, dedicate time each day to spend acting as if. If you want to become more compassionate, demonstrate compassion towards yourself. You can do this by celebrating the small wins you experience throughout the week by doing something you enjoy (self-care). Or if you want to have a brand-new car, treat the car you have as if it were the car you want. You can do this by keeping the car you have clean from the inside out.

Conclusion

The quality of your perspective will determine the quality of your experience along your journey. By maintaining a Positive Present Perspective, you will allow abundance to flow into your life as you effortlessly attract all that you desire.

In order to maintain a Positive Present Perspective, all you have to do is consistently be aware of your thoughts, fearlessly take accountability for your thought habits, and constantly appreciate what you have by treating it like what you want.

You can be, do, or have anything you desire. Once you know what you want, all you have to do is believe in your ability to succeed and maintain a positive present perspective as you take action toward the fulfillment of your goals each day.

Remember, how you feel matters!

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