Being determined is a mindset, not a feeling. There’s a way to look determined even when you’re not feeling determined. It’s called Power Posing. Can you tell which of these poses are more powerful than others?
The arms up in the V with the chin lifted. Feet apart with hands on hips. Making self big, stretching out, taking up space. These are all nonverbal expressions of determination.
Even if you’re not feeling determined, can you fake it till you make it? Yes! When you pretend to be determined you will start to feel determined. Listen to the proof in this video.
The body can change the mind. The body is not just a vehicle for the head. Power posing literally increases testosterone (the power hormone) and decreases cortisol (the stress hormone.) Because of this, YES, you can fake it ’til you become it.
The next time I play racquetball I’m going to go into the stairwell and strike a pose before I see the mob that’s been bullying me. I’m not going to strike a pose at them. Power posing isn’t something you do to people. It’s not a way to talk to people. It’s a way to talk to yourself.
This is day 7 of the 30 day challenge. Many of the challenges this week have been about developing a mindset of determination. Here is your challenge: Before you go into a situation that triggers your anxiety or OCD strike a pose. Hold the pose for 2 minutes.
Try it right now. Let us know how it goes in the comment section!