“You are much stronger than you think you are. Trust me.”
Author, speaker, and teacher Amy Cuddy became well known years ago for teaching power poses that can help people gain confidence in certain situations. I remember watching her do
a Ted Talk years ago where she talked about how she would go into the bathroom before a college exam and do her famous bear pose for a few minutes to really get into a confident mindset.
Here’s the video that goes along with this post:
The bear pose is the most famous of her power poses. And just as it says, you stretch your entire body to get as tall as you can and to take up as much space as you can and you act like a huge, strong bear for a minute or so.
Studies show it will actually flood your brain with good chemicals and lower your body’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Here’s an article at Forbes.com that talks more in detail about Cuddy’s power poses: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kimelsesser/2018/04/03/power-posing-is-back-amy-cuddy-successfully-refutes-criticism/?sh=5e7e79383b8e
I really don’t think people act like bears enough. It’s for the same reasons people don’t do affirmations, visualizations or use powerful feelings in order to change the negative programming in their subconscious minds. Because it just seems embarrassingly weird and awkward.
But, just like with affirmations, visualization, and feelings no one has to know. Sure, you know. But, do you want to be cool and stressed or corny and happy?
And if you don’t want to be a bear, be a superhero. Be like Superwoman or one of the other superhero characters around nowadays.
I personally do the Rocky thing all the time. I ground my feet, clench my fists, put a determined look on my face, and start punching the air. Try it now. I’m telling you it gives you confidence.
When to Use Power Poses:
• With your affirmations.
• Right before a challenging situation.
• To celebrate a win.
• To get you pumped about a goal.
• When you’re feeling frightened, worried or anxious.
• With a pep talk.
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