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Monday, December 5, 2011

Week Fourteen Notes

About Attributions

If you've been following along, you'll know that last week's post was about attributions.  It was about the difference between saying "I can't" (don't possess the ability) and "I won't" (won't make the effort). It was about the explanations we use to make sense of what we experience in our lives.  How we construct these explanations - our explanatory style - goes a long way in determining how we live our lives.  Before moving on to the role that self-confidence plays in all of this, I encourage you to open the video below and take the seven minutes needed to view it.

True grit - that's what it takes.  At least that's what a piece called Grit Is More Important Than Talent claims.  Andi, if you want to find out how much grit you really have, then take the Grit Scale.

Are you seeing the Little-Red-Engine-That-Could chugging up that mountain yet?  Yet?

By the way, if you're wondering who Bill Bradley is (that is, if you read the piece about grit and talent), click on the video below.  He has advice about how to deal with failure.

About Self-Confidence

If attributions are about trusting the process - meaning that you trust the relationship between effort and outcomes - then self-confidence is about trusting yourself - believing that you have what it takes to be successful.  You've probably heard this - that s/he can because s/he thinks s/he can.  If you believe this - and many do - then the opposite makes sense as well.  S/he can't because s/he thinks s/he can't.  Yet?

Self-confidence isn't necessarily a general trait but rather one that pertains to specific behaviors.  The Student Success Plan that has been referred to fairly frequently in this blog includes an inventory that measures academic self-confidence.  This inventory may be located in the "About Me" section of your Family Connections page.

Belief is critical to success.  Gaining confidence in a specific area takes belief in the process.  Gaining experience is one of the more powerful ways we gain confidence (hey - I can do that!).  Your explanatory style - interpreting your experience - will help you get there, too.

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