Self-efficacy is the belief that one can complete a task. If you have high self-efficacy you are more likely to take on challenges and persevered through tough times. You have to believe you can achieve to get going and keep going.
However just believing isn’t enough.
The Little Blue Engine, written by Shel Silverstein, starts out with a hopeful little blue engine beginning his journey up a tall hill. When the hill gets rough, the engine spouts the famous words “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” He continues pushing till he nears the top, and at his highest, proudest, strongest point, “He was almost there, when – CRASH! SMASH! BASH! He slid down and mashed into engine hash.”
WHAT! NO! Your inner child is crying out in protest to this ending, but that is the REAL Little Blue Engine. Shel Silverstein wisely states “If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!”
Just believing that stress will melt way the first time you sit down and OOOMMM, might let you down.
Of course, this is not a popular view and it is much easier to fall pray to instant bliss and the temporary band aid stress relief.
So, if just believing isn’t enough but you have to believe to achieve how do you reach a balance?
Learning. Learn the techniques to conquer stress. Fill your arsenal with those cognitive, physical, and biological techniques to keep your body and mind strong.
Training. Train your brain to respond in a way that produces healthy results.
Like RuPaul said in his 1993 hit, Supermodel, “You better work.”
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