In working towards achieving my health and fitness goal I designed a program that adheres to Bandura’s social learning theory. In these regards, it involves his instances of implementing observational or modeling techniques. Bandura developed his social learning theory based on the famed Bobo doll experiments, wherein children were shown an image of a woman punching a bobo doll; the children then entered a room where there was a bobo doll and imitated her actions ("Albert Bandura," 2006). I attempted to incorporate modeling activities into my plan on a more complex level by participating in health and fitness programs that other individuals had participated in that have demonstrated success on their part. I then worked towards modeling their past actions in a conscious way to work towards my goal. Another element of Bandura’s social learning theory I incorporated into my quest to achieve my health and fitness goal was self-regulation. In these regards, Bandura indicates that there are three main steps:
1. Self-observation. We look at ourselves, our behavior, and keep tabs on it. 2. Judgment. We compare what we see with a standard. 3. Self-response. If you did well in comparison with your standard, you give yourself rewarding self-responses. If you did poorly, you give yourself punishing self-responses. These self-responses can range from the obvious (treating yourself to a sundae or working late) to the more covert (feelings of pride or shame) ("Albert Bandura," 2006).