“It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.”
—Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity
I want you to read that again – ‘It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.’
I’m here right now to tell you that your body is a powerful tool and you can create more in your life today by creating more in your body right now. Your body language or non-verbal behavior is one of the most powerful tools you can use to improve your life. It’s called Power Posing and it involves you changing your body language in such a way that you will feel more confident.
Fake It till You Become It
No longer does the phrase ‘fake it till you make it’ ring true because in fact if you fake it, you will become it in time. Positioning your body into strong expansive and outward shapes automatically adjusts how you feel about yourself. That’s because our brains find it easier to adjust our attitudes based upon our physical behavior, rather than what we tell ourselves. That’s not to mean that all those years of positive affirmations were a waste, but rather that they are possibly not the only effective way to create more in your life.
Body language not only shapes how others perceive us, but also how we perceive ourselves.
Take a minute to picture Wonder Woman in your head. She often stood tall, chest out, her legs apart and hands on hips. She presented the image of a confident, powerful woman through this power pose, which in turn led us to believe in her power before she even did anything.
Your self-confidence can also be boosted just by physically taking up more space, having better body language and increasing your personal presence.
That’s not to say that your mind or emotional state has nothing to do your level of confidence though, as both body and mind do work hand in hand in that regard. But rather that by working hand in hand, they accomplish more together than they would individually.
Strike That Power Pose
Take a minute to evaluate your body posture right now as you are reading this.
- Are you sitting hunched up?
- Are your arms folded?
- Are you presenting a closed body posture to prevent others interacting with you?
- Or are you sitting or standing tall with an open and inviting posture?
Being hunched over or in an ‘ignore me’ pose is often used in an effort to blend in and can have the effect of worsening the situation an individual is in. In comparison, by standing tall and proud like a superhero, you actually instigate hormonal changes within your body which help you to become more confident and in-command of the situation.
Starting right now today I want you to take charge of your body language. Walk into that room with the confident power pose of a superhero.
Fake it till you become it, because I know you will become it!