Explain the dynamics of how self esteem affects self efficacy. Provide an example of an internal or external force that impacts your self-efficacy. Respond to at least two of your peers for this posting and provide recommendations to extend their thinking. 

REPLY TO EDWARD:

The dynamics of self-esteem affects self-efficacy by way of a person having a positive outlook on how they see their self. A person who views their self as smart and good looking will be more friendly and outgoing towards other people. More importantly, they will not have a hard time solving issues that may occur through their life because they look at life from a happy perspective. “Self-efficacy reflects a person’s belief about his or her ability to successfully complete a task, assignment, or challenge” (Gist, 1987, p. 3.4). A person that has high self-esteem will be able to take that confidence and put forth best effort into whatever they are trying to accomplish.

Some may contend that it takes time to build up strong beliefs to accomplish something never done before such as earn a college degree, lose weight, or learn how to do home improvements, but it can happen quicker if they have a high self-esteem. On the other hand, a person with low self-esteem will have trouble achieving such tasks even if they have a high self-efficacy because they won’t have the confidence to overcome any unplanned occurrences. An internal force that impacts my self-efficacy is my educational background. “A new college student who makes a good grade on a quiz gains confidence that he can succeed: (Baack, 2017, p. 3.4). Having earned a bachelor’s degree with a 3.68 grade point average along with earning A’s in my master’s degree classes allows me to believe that I can achieve anything in life as long as I put the work in.

References

Baack, D. (2017). Organizational behavior. [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://ashford.content.edu

Gist, M. E. (1987, July). Self-efficacy: Implications for organizational behavior and human resource management. Academy of Management Review, 12, 472.

REPLY TO QUENTIN:

There are various ways that self-esteem affects self-efficacy. First, let us be reminded of what each word means. Baack shares the idea that “Self-esteem constitutes a belief about how a person evaluates his or her self-worth as part of an overall self-evaluation.” “Self-efficacy reflects a person’s belief about his or her ability to successfully complete a task, assignment, or challenge” (Baack, 2017, 3.4). These terms can both affect each other in positive and negative ways and in reverse order. When someone has high self-esteem, they regard themselves highly and feel that they can accomplish any task set before them. The same goes for low self-esteem. I look at it as self-esteem being the driving force for self-efficacy. High self-esteem includes taking full responsibility for our own actions, goal commitment, and focus on self improvement. If we are remain positive, we can accomplish what we set out to do. Although issues may present themselves while completing tasks, which are expected, it will give us a greater joy and fulfillment once the challenges are met.

An internal force that impacts my self-efficacy is my willingness to take risks. I love the challenge of things and even if I do not accomplish the task, after all resources have been exhausted, I can bow out and say that I honestly tried my best, therefore I won’t feel defeated. With that said, I am on a mission to learn as much as I can in the field that I am in so that while I am in school, I am also gaining the experience that I need to advance further in my field. Hence, the ERG theory of motivation.

Baack, D. (2017). Organizational behavior (2nd ed.). [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://ashford.content.edu

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