“Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed.” Bob Riley
Psychological capital can be defined as a psychological state that influences the way you think, feel and act. Meant for the organisational context, it consists of four positive psychological elements of Hope, Efficacy (confidence), Resilience and Optimism. HERO for short. Each element has its unique purpose.
Here are some ways to reset and tune into your inner HERO.
Hope enables us to build pathways with small manageable steps toward our goals. Build pathways into 2021 by breaking down your hopes into small achievable steps. Identify what you want to achieve, consider what is working well and what you would like to change. Identify the obstacles and consider the actions you can take toward achieving it.
Efficacy (confidence) is fuel for achievement, through the belief that something can be achieved. Develop a mantra or a visualization practice to boost your self-belief, When negative self-talk creeps in, ask is this true? And treat yourself as you would your best friend.
Resilience is your anchor. It is the result of the actions we take. Develop a mindful strategy to tune into thoughts and feelings and choose your response to challenges. Identify what you can and can’t control, socially, emotionally etc. And reach into your wellbeing toolkit for the tools and strategies that help you to build connection, feel engaged and happy.
Optimism keeps you motivated to take action. It is a mindset that sees negative events as temporary. Develop a mindful strategy to manage self-doubt and negative thoughts. You’ve got this or this too shall pass. Choose an optimistic view toward the challenges and look for opportunities to grow.