Self-Confidence Theory 

How to increase your belief in your driving ability

The content of this website sometimes makes reference to Sports Psychology and the fact that many leading sports people practice the same techniques to build their self-confidence and improve their performance. The use of Imagery, Self-Talk, and Mindfulness instead of being considered ‘wacky’ is now considered common place in sport, business and leadership training.

One of the key theories cited in psychology for improving self-confidence and performance is Bandura’s (1977, 1986, 1997) self-efficacy theory.  See the video at the bottom of the page for an explanation of the theory.

Self-efficacy is simply self-confidence in a specific situation, your belief in your own capability. For sports people, the situation is in their sport. For the purposes of this website, the specific situation is while driving.

Bandura’s self-efficacy theory suggests that self-confidence or belief in your abilities is dependent on several key factors:

Performance Accomplishments

Your previous experiences of success or failure influence how confident you feel.

The Imagery section guides you to remember previous successes and imagine future success.

Verbal Persuasion

Positive phrases of encouragement from others or yourself will boost confidence.

The Self-Talk section explores how you speak to yourself and offers ways to develop positive self-talk.

Imaginal Experiences

Taking time to create images in your mind of yourself performing successfully

The Imagery and Self-Hypnosis sections help you to create your own mental movies of you driving calmly and confidently

Physiological states

Physical symptoms of stress, butterflies, sweating, nausea can be perceived as having a negative effect on performance.

The Relaxation and Breathing sections help you learn to reduce the physical symptoms of stress to a manageable level so that they can be reframed and interpreted as a state of being ready.

Emotional states

Positive emotions are more likely than negative emotions to increase self-confidence.

The Self-Talk, Imagery, Hypnosis, Tapping and Mindfulness sections are all aimed at helping you to recognise and manage your emotional state to influence your self-efficacy.