It's that time of year when so many of us endeavor to set goals and resolutions for the New Year. Despite best intentions, many people never actually achieve their goals. While there are many factors that enable goal achievement, two of the most important ones are self-efficacy and an action orientation.
Self-efficacy, a concept identified by psychologist Albert Bandura in the late 1970s, are the beliefs you hold about your ability to achieve a goal or manage a challenging situation. People with high self-efficacy are more likely to set higher goals, procrastinate less, and demonstrate greater tenacity in working toward their goals.
Psychologist Joachim Brunstein identified action orientation nearly 20 years ago consisting of a trait enabling decisive and rapid action to achieve a goal. People who posses this trait have the ability to regulate the emotions that might keep themselves stuck overanalyzing an issue or planning how to achieve a goal.
Consider the following options to build your self-efficacy:
Here’s some tips on building your action orientation capabilities:
People who achieve a lot in life and work do so because they set stretch goals, take action and celebrate their achievements. Self-efficacy and an action orientation are integral to effective goal setting. The good news is that everyone can enhance these skills and achieve greater levels of success.
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Dr. Kevin Nourse has more than 25 years of experience developing transformational change leaders in healthcare and other sectors. He is the founder of Nourse Leadership Strategies, a coaching and leadership development firm based in Southern California. For more information, contact Kevin at 310.715.8315 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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