The snooze alarm is going off for third and final time refusing your desire to press it again. You slowly regain consciousness only to realize that today is the BIG day that you have been dreading all week, month or year. It might be that you have an important test to take, speech to give, interview to participate in, or maybe just day-to-day living to which you must attend. The thought of it makes you want to pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep, BUT WAIT! What if we could clothe ourselves with power and confidence as if it were a suit or coat?
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows, in the video presented below, how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. The change may not happen overnight, but Amy challenges her audience during her 2012 TED talk, that "tiny tweaks lead to Big Changes." Amy changes the known phrase, "fake it 'til you make it" to "fake it 'til you BECOME it." No one wants to feel like an imposter but sometimes you have to train your body to help change how your mind thinks and feels about yourself.
Our body language speaks louder than our speech content. Our body language speaks about our presence, meaning it reveals our level of confidence, comfort, enthusiasm, passion, authenticity, and our ability to captivate our audience. The recipe of two minutes and a place of privacy can create a attitude of confidence. As Amy describes in her talk, put yourself in a power pose for two minutes, allow you body to change your mind. You deserve it!!
Please take the time to watch Amy's TED talk, it will be 20 minutes well spent: