• Confidence

  • How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs and Achieve Your Goals
  • By: Martin Meadows
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (418 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Most of us have no problems identifying goals we want to accomplish. It's putting these plans into action that is difficult.

Sometimes we lack discipline or motivation. However, there's another reason why you might struggle to make changes in your life - you have low self-efficacy.

What is self-efficacy? What are the main four sources of it? How can you develop more confidence in your abilities?

These are some of the questions I'll answer in this short book. The advice you're about to read is based both on scientific research and my personal experience. I will share fundamental knowledge that will help you build more confidence in your abilities and reach your goals.

©2015 Martin Meadows (P)2015 Martin Meadows

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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It's a short book and I knew already some of the points discussed, but it's a useful short book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Gagnepain?

That was the weakest point for me. I found the narrator terribly boring (sorry).

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Terribly disappointing

While the author understands the material well enough, and the performer reads the book quite well, two things made it impossible for me to complete (or to benefit from) this recording. 1) The author's constant use of the term "efficacy" instead of the word "confidence" kept knocking me out of the flow of the book. (Imagine buying a book about birds. You start to read the book and discover almost no mention of "birds" anywhere in the book. Instead the book is filled with references to "avian creatures". That's roughly what the author has done to this book on self confidence...) 2) Several places in the narrative, the author refers to "her" lack of self efficacy. I found it incongruous that the author felt compelled to assign a female pronoun to a negative condition that effects both genders. - - Please note that I've listened to other recordings by this author/reader team and have enjoyed them, but this particular book needs a massive revision/cleanup before I'd recommend it to anyone!

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Jolt of Self-Confidence

My top takeaways:

+Self-esteem: Belief in your worth; self-efficacy: Belief in your abilities
+Setbacks don't have to lead to failure. Believe in your ability to learn to do great things greatly. Gain success with success. Snowball effect.
+Start tracking your habits. Self-discipline breeds self-discipline. Your struggles develop your strength. If you fail, it doesn't necessarily make you a failure.
+Failure is part of the process of achieving success. It's a way of finding out what didn't work. Rejection therapy: Get rejected at least once each day. Psychotherapeutic technique / strategy called flooding, which is being introduced to phobia to help one overcome it.
+Köhler effect: People exert more effort in groups. Perhaps because others are watching you and vice versa. Social modeling: Watch and observe success
+Encouragement & discouragement: Limiting factor to self-efficacy. Negative stimuli & feedback overpowers positive. Think excitement rather than anxiety. Even the pros experience these symptoms of anxiety.

5 Rules of Self-Efficacy
1. Set goals slightly above your ability. 3 Personal Zones of Achievement: Comfort, Stretch, Panic
2. Break goals into smaller goals and simplify.
3. Reframe.
4. Take control over your life. Locus of control. You are responsible for what happens.
5. Find the underlying principles of success in obstacles.

Note: I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Timely... this is just what I need

I know that I have been experiencing low self efficacy, and this book is right on spot. It is a starting point for everyone in the same situation as me. This helped straighten out my worries. I have been focusing on my end goals too much and this audible emphasizes on small wins to achieve your end goal. Remember guys, it is the journey that is most important.

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More than worth the price

At minimum I at least want to get one good idea from a book I can use to improve my life. I got several ideas from this book which is more than some other books I spent far more money on.

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Some Good Advice, but Not Terribly Interesting...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Some good info in a very quick read, but there are better guides out there. I found a lot of the information here to be either extremely obvious ("don't give up") or dragged out and repeated too much.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Confidence?

I liked that he mentioned physiological effects of nervousness are interpreted differently by confident and anxious people.

How could the performance have been better?

Found the voice to be a bit droning and difficult to listen to...There were also a few instances in which he emphasized words strangely and I found this distracting.

Did Confidence inspire you to do anything?

Some of the better advice was included in the social aspects of confidence-building. Surround yourself with people that persevere in areas that would make you give up.

Any additional comments?

If I had a dollar for every time this books says "self efficacy".....
My roommate overheard around 10 minutes of this book and commented that he was annoyed by this as well.

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interesting

I thought it was very insightful and we'll delivered. a foot to listen to more than once

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Appreciate the complimentary companion copy of Grit

Rated this a four: I would recommend it to youth and those who are beginning their journey as it is very accessible and gets down to some basics in a concise format. (5 stars) There is less new here for those who are along the way but even they may pick up a new tip or perspective.

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  • LM
  • 12-08-15

Satisfying first time experience

This is the first book I listen too and loved it! The book itself i liked it..maybe it keep repeating the same keypoints over and over to the point that I thought the chapter was repeating but then I realized it helped in drilling the idea by just hearing the book one time instead of having to re hear it over and over to get those keypoints! And for the content i really liked it! Maybe I knew some of the points discuseed but Is not the same thinking you know something instead of being told that what you think is actually real. Help boosting my confidence! (Which was the point)
The voice of narrator..i liked it too! Pleasant to hear!
In conclusion, i'll start my next book now :)

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Great gasoline to my small fire!

I think this book sends you in the right direction if you have done previous work. It’s the cherry on the top that teaches what to do next instead of just another theory to ponder. It reminds me of the scripture James 2:20 “faith without works is dead.”

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  • Barbara
  • 03-05-22

take a shot everytime...

you read/hear the word Self-efficacy... repetitive, could use for real life examples. short book to get to your book goals.


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  • S Rowsell
  • 11-01-19

not useful

very poor content and poorly written. many better books out there. not recommended at all keep looking.