I was watching Greys Anatomy (yes still love it) and prior to commencing surgery one of the doctors stood like a superhero – hands on hips, chest out and head held high. You could sense the power she was producing and receiving from the universe…yah a new tool for me to use and share !
So the very next day I tried it, just for a few minutes – I could feel the power and confidence AND I could feel myself connecting with me, stripping away the distractions and the real me stepping forward. Wow this works – who knew !
Being a left brainer, I did some research and found a TED talk from Amy Cuddy a Social Psychologist who has done experiments on this very subject. Using control groups of Power poses and Lower poses Amy confirmed the subjects who adopted the Power poses had an increase in Testosterone, a decrease in Cortisol and were more likely to engage in higher risk activities – in the control group this was measured by a willingness to gamble (though not recommending the gambling in real life guys!).
Additionally they had the subjects complete interviews with a panel unaware of the experiment – in all cases the candidates chosen were those who had adopted the Power pose.
It doesn’t have to be a Superman / Wonder woman pose, however I find these fun and that is an added bonus, adopt a pose that means power to you and note how you feel.
Feel the increase in Power, Confidence, Passion, Presence, Optimism, Enthusiasm, ability to think abstractly and the real YOU shining through !
We have all heard of Fake it to you make it – this is about Fake it to you BECOME it.
Really useful prior to a job interview, public speaking or any event you would like to feel more confident and in control – take a few minutes and go somewhere private and stand like Superman, soak in the feeling and walk TALL into the event. Be proud to be you !
Give it a go – would love to hear any feedback