How To Feel Instantly More Powerful With This One Life Hack

Aug 13, 2013, Life, Mindset, Self Development

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. In a recent ‘TED Talk’, Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” – standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident – can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

In the video above, you learned a little about “Power Posing”. Interested in learning just a bit more about what power posing is and entails? Great, let’s talk about it…

Power Posing

Researchers, including Dr. Cuddy in the video above, found that power posing for two minutes altered key stress hormones, testosterone & cortisol, an undeniably significant amount. A simple change of your position, your pose, for 2 minutes, can dramatically raise your testosterone levels, and simultaneously lower cortisol levels.

Just think about that, after a two minute power pose – such as standing with hands on your hips or sitting in a chair with feet on desk and hands up behind your head – their stress was reduced and confidence raise, dramatically.

But, how can this help you? How can you apply the findings in your life?

The next time you have a situation that may be stressful (job interview, sales pitch, serious relationship matter, etc), practice one of the power poses.

These power poses mimic the poses many animals exhibit throughout nature when asserting themselves and showing dominance by opening their bodies up and seeming bigger.

Here are a few examples:

  • Leaned back with your hands behind your head
  • Standing with a victory pose, arms spread upward in a ‘V’
  • Standing with your hands on a table, leaning forward
  • Avoid any body language that wraps you up or makes you look smaller (you should really watch the video).

Improving Your PRESENCE

By doing these simple power poses, just making a slight adjustment in how you stand, sit, or are carrying yourself, in just 2 minutes’ time, you’ll shift the levels of hormones in your body to give you immediate results in appearing more powerful, and having PRESENCE.

Doing these simple power poses doesn’t help you because it affects the content or delivery of your speech, in a job interview for example, but the elevated testosterone, and lowered cortisol levels in your body lead to an improved PRESENCE.

Your powerful presence includes being or appearing:

  • Passionate
  • Enthusiastic
  • Confident
  • Authentic
  • Captivating

This is some powerful knowledge that I’m glad I could share with you. I hope you can use it to do some powerful things in your life…put it to good use!

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