Has life drained you of your childhood confidence? Do you ever feel a bit insecure in your identity?
Well then, strike a pose. A Power Pose to be exact, and watch the confidence soar. No Joke!
Amy Cuddy (social psychologist and associate professor at Harvard Business School) revealed in her 2012 TED Talk, how “power posing” creates actual changes to your brain. Studies have shown doing such poses, even for as short as two minutes, increases testosterone by 20% and lowers the stress hormone cortisol by 25%. Wow!
Since her talk, countless numbers have proven just how right she is. An article released last week by the New York Times has brought these findings front and center.
So, what is this so called “power posing?”
Standing like Wonder Woman for starters. Yes, literally, hands on hips, feet apart, and proud. Another idea: propping your feet on the desk (or for many of us, the kitchen table perhaps) with fingers laced behind your head. Go ahead, see how you feel after two minutes of this pose!
In different studies, those who power posed before a high stress event, such as an intense job interview, soared above all those who sat timidly beforehand.
Here are eight different power poses to try!
My favorite line of Cuddy’s speech: “Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.”
Pose and pose and pose again. Fake it till you reach the point where you truly are the confident, self assured individual you were made to be.
Whatever your story, we all face moments where fear and intimidation get the best of us. Let’s boost some confidence. Let’s play with the mind. Let’s take a pose!
What are you waiting for?? Give it a try!
Oh, and let me know your results!
And the amazing source behind it all: