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of input, assistance, effort, etc. If we have high self-efficacy, we
know that we simply have to give the right input to get the
desired outcome, and will be motivated by that understanding. If
we have low self-efficacy, we either cannot understand what
input we need to give or we simply don’t think we are capable of
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38 Personal Confidence Managing Your Career o Self-influence by goal setting – we will talk more about goalsetting in a later chapter, but this is the idea that we are able to
influence our own motivation by setting our own goals and
challenges. We will be satisfied if we achieve our goals, and less
satisfied if we do not. Again, self-efficacy plays a role because it
will affect the level of challenge and goal that we will set for
ourselves. If we see the goal as simply a function of the right
activity combination, we will set it high when we have high selfefficacy because we will believe we can attain the goal. If we
don’t have high self-efficacy, we will set low goals for ourselves
– if we set them at all. Affective processes – this element relates to how we perceive our own coping
abilities. If we face a difficult situation and have low self-efficacy in this area, we
are more likely to experience high levels of stress and depression. If we have a
high level of self-efficacy related to our ability to cope, we will be in action
around resolving the situation or getting through the difficult scenario rather than
getting mired down and stressing over negative outcomes that are either out of
our control or are very unlikely to happen. In other words, those with selfefficacy know that they will be capable of handling whatever life throws at them.
Those without it will experience a great deal of fear and anxiety and may not be
capable of coping with difficulties. Brain power
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39 Personal Confidence Managing Your Career Selection processes – finally, self-efficacy affects us by influencing the decisions
that we make for ourselves in our lives. Our level of belief in ourselves and our
abilities can shape the environments we choose, the educational path we opt for,
and the type of career we pursue as well. If you are in an environment that you
are unhappy with, one question to ask yourself is whether or not you chose that
position because you didn’t believe in yourself enough to push yourself further in
your education or the risks you took at work to prove yourself. The higher the
level of self-efficacy a person has, the less likely they are to ‘settle’ in a career
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40 Motivation Managing Your Career 6. Motivation
When you are managing your career, you are bound to face setbacks. You won’t get every promotion you
want and you won’t always get hired by the company you want to work for. But what will make the
difference is whether or not you can maintain your motivation during the process. It’s not always easy to
stay motivated. We might start out strong, but somewhere along the way we may falter. Even if external
factors cooperate - we have a boss that supports us in reaching for goals and we have colleagues, family,
and friends that help to keep us focused, we can still struggle to stay positive and moving forward. It’s part
of being human to face anxiety, uncertainty, or even depression. But what separates the truly successful
person from the average person in managing your career is the ability to understand why you are feeling
de-motivated, respond to that reason, and then keep on moving forward.
There are three main reasons that people tend to lose motivation from time to time. You can refer to these
as ‘motivation killers.’ These are: Lack of confidence – why would you continue to try to do something if you don’t believe
that you can do it? You would only be setting yourself up for failure. This makes sense – it’s
actually a form of self-protection when you think about it. But you will need to boost your
confidence level if you are going to regenerate your motivation and get back on track. Lack of focus – you don’t know exactly what it is that you want, so why should you take
action until you do? Or you might find yourself scattered across so many different...
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2013 for the course BA 202 taught by Professor Cuongvu during the Fall '13 term at Copenhagen Business School.
- Fall '13