Of course you are! It is near the middle of second semester, we are tired and desperately awaiting a much needed reading week. However, midterms are among us and we must gather up what is left of the miniscule amount of motivation we have left.
Looking specifically at self-efficacy in correlation with motivation. Self-efficiency boils down to ones belief in the ability to complete/be successful in a particular task (Stajkovic & Luthans, 1979). Basically self confidence, which is something a lot of us are lacking as we are probably thing to yourself “I can’t possible finish this assignment.” or “There is no way I can get an A on this midterm.”
According to Stajkovic and Luthans, this is detrimental to our ability to succeed as they have found a correlation between ones self-efficiency, motivation and levels of success. So your negative self talk could very well cause you to not want to study and there for bomb your midterm and effect your ability to learn and apply your learning! “Unless [students] believe that they can gather up the necessary behavioral, cognitive, and motivational resources to successfully execute the task in question” (Stajkovic & Luthans, 1979, p. 127). Looking at over a hundred studies consisting of over twenty thousand participants achievement levels increase by 28% on average due to self-efficiency.
~ So how can you develop self-efficiency? ~
There are four foundational components that comprise into self-efficiency according to Stajkovic and Luthans. (1) Enactive Mastery Experience, (2) Vicarious Learning/Modeling, (3) Verbal Persuasion, and (4) Physiological and Psychological Arousal. Which basically consists of previous performance information, effect of our peers, words of positive form external sources and how you are feeling.
Therefore how you view you past accomplishments or lack there of can have a huge impact on future accomplishments “stress at [school] are likely to impair performance” (Stajkovic & Luthans, 1979, p.136). So stay calm and think positive thoughts, don’t dwell on the negative.
As well as who you surround yourself with has a huge impact on your levels of achievement. If you surround yourself with a bad influence that always tries to get you to have a drink knowing full well you have a test in the morning… well it probably will make it even more difficult to motivate yourself. So try and surround yourself with students on the deans list, it might rub off on you :p.
Verbal persuasion is a huge one, as a lot of the time our inner voice is persuaded and developed based on outside voices. Rid your life of those who express a lot of negative talk.
And of course how you feel overall has huge impact on your ability to motivate yourself “while being physically fit and healthy may not contribute much to one’s self-efficacy, being exhausted or ill can be devastating to self-efficacy” (Stajkovic & Luthans, 1979, p.137). So if you are sick, like me 😦 it’ll be much more difficult to get school work done. Do your best to stay healthy and fuel your body with good nutritious food, not artery clogging, blood pressure rising, food coma inducing, deep fried deliciousness.
Hope this helps motivate you for these last few weeks before reading week and then for the rest of the semester!
Stajkovic A. D., & Luthans F. (1979). Social Cognitive Theory and Self-Efficacy: Implications for Motivation Theory and Practice. 126-140.