Recently my good friend, Kelly, told me to google Amy Cuddy to find her video about Power Poses. She was telling me to stand in a Wonder Woman pose for 2 minutes every day to increase confidence and success. It sounded VERY intriguing (& kind of crazy), so I looked it up.
It’s absolutely true that our body language can affect our emotions. That makes total sense. Sometimes when I’ve felt discouraged or depressed, I’ve made my smile for 2 minutes straight & it ABSOLUTELY changes my mood. Amazing.
Amy Cuddy mentions this example and then goes on to give research to support the physiological changes that occur in the body as a result of our body language. The most fascinating results were how staying in a “power pose” for 2 minutes versus a “powerless pose” for 2 minutes, resulted in higher testosterone and lower cortisol, which means greater confidence.
In one study, they had participants prepare a speech on why they were qualified for their dream job. Then, after doing either a power/powerless pose for 2 minutes they presented their speech before an intimidating blind panel of “experts.” Those who had done the power poses prior were the ones whom the panels said “hire them!” and those who hadn’t received a very clear “do NOT hire them” response.
From these results, Amy Cuddy suggested that when preparing for a meeting or an interview, spend the final 2 minutes of prep in a power pose, rather than going through notes and doing the whole “I hope this goes well!” nervous act.
Kelly was suggesting to spend 2 minutes every morning doing a power pose while looking at your vision board. She also said to be listening to joyful music during this time and then to do it again at night, listening to grateful music. This is supposed to help you get even more clear and intentional about your day and what you’re creating. LOVE it!
So, I’m going to try implementing the “power pose” into my day – what can it hurt? Wanna join me? Time for the power pose!