CHALLENGE: Power Up!

How Minutes of Power Posing Can Improve Your Life

What's life like without a little challenge? Boring! That's what!

 

"Stand up straight, and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances." — Maya Angelou

 

Challenge: Power Up With Power Poses!

Our Challenge This Week (and henceforth!) Is to add the habit of power posing to our lives.

 

You may not know this, but

Our Actions Transform our thinking —

What we do affects how we think and feel.

In fact, even how we express our bodies changes how we think and feel.

'Our bodies speak to us. they tell us how and what to feel. They change what goes on inside our endocrine systems, our autonomic nervous system, our brains, and our minds without our being conscious of a thing. How you carry yourself — your facial expressions, your postures, your breathing — all clearly affect the way you think, feel and behave.'

In the insightful book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges,

Amy Cuddy describes how the body and the brain are part of a singular, integrated system.

She asks questions such as

'Can be pose our way to presence?'

'What would happen if we adopt expansive postures even when we are feeling powerless? What happens when we pretend to be brave?'

Research suggests our expressions cause our emotions.

'Our bodies.. can help carry us to who we want to be. And as we're about to discover, the evidence seems to agree: Where our bodies lead, our minds and emotions will follow.'

Just a few minutes of power posing can help us be powerful, present, calm, less stressed, and confident.

— Allowing us to be ready to take on trials and opportunities that come our way.

'Carrying yourself in a powerful way directs your feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and body to feel powerful and be present'

So our challenge is to start incorporating power poses into our lives.

If you're feeling anxious, nervous, worried, or just not powerful — Do a few minutes of power posing.

If you're about to do a big speech, performing, having an interview, talking to someone new, or anything that scares the E eFfing G out of you, do some power posing before the event.

A few Power Poses to try out:

  • Cobra Pose

Yep that's right. Yoga in jeans!

Yep that's right. Yoga in jeans!

 

  • Wonder Woman | Superman Pose

Wet hair don't care!

Wet hair don't care!

 

  • Victory! Pose

Silliness abounds!

Silliness abounds!

 

Challenge Accepted

Josh Waggoner

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