Believing in yourself is essential
Whether you think that you can do something or whether you think that you can’t, you’re right.
Have you heard that? It is the more detailed version of “believe in yourself!” — a mantra I use on other people and then realise that it’s a much easier thing to say than do. But research backs up my patter!
The concept is called selfefficacy — the belief that you have about succeeding at a particular task.
Let’s call it a belief that you can draw what you can see in a realistic way.
Self-efficacy can be helped by either seeing other people show you the steps of how to draw something — cue that website where you can find a video of how to do anything well — or being told by your art teacher (the expert) or trusted friend that you can do it. So you do it, and actually you aren’t displeased by the result. Could be improved but, if you can see that, you can work on it.
The next step is you do it again (maybe a couple of times) and, crikey, you didn’t do too badly! Believe in yourself and achieve your goal. Self-efficacy for that task is soaring and with a few more successes you will find yourself achieving what seemed a tad scary to start with.
Now I have a challenge…believe in yourself.
■ Helen English is a local artist and tutor