Are you familiar with the term?
It's considered to be a body language hack that can help confidence and reduce stress in just 2 minutes. Years ago I came across this Ted Talk from Amy Cuddy and was immediately intrigued.
I already knew body language affects how others see us. It's actually one of my great fascinations. (I LOVE watching other people to get a feel for what's really going on behind what they're saying.)
But this talk was so much more. The story behind the research is one of those tales of inspiration where, if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably shed a tear (or two or ten). I came away with a new tool for my life toolbox. There was a way to go from feeling nervous to confident. From feeling small and wanting to hide, to being as brave as superwoman. WHAT THE WHAT?! And it WORKS!
Have you ever started your morning with a starfish pose?
My friend, Erika, over at Instar Farms has an awesome instagram post demonstrating what I’m talking about.
Like anything new, the first time you do it, you’re totally going to be going through your head...
“Is this done yet?”
“How much longer?”
“I could be doing ___ instead.”
“(Timer)Oh good finally!”
But then...you realize...
you actually DO feel better...
You’re body feels more relaxed. It’s as if all the craziness that was swirling around in your head found it’s way down into your posture. You’re standing taller. You’re now armed with this “I know something you don’t know!” kind of grin.
Still too nervous to try?
Recruit people! Back in my old work life, I used to make everyone in the costume office do it with me. Excellent excuse for a time out. Team Building, anyone?
Got kids? They’re totally gonna want in on this. (2 minutes of silence anyone??)
I’ve added my own to this lineup
the “Diana Ross”
If I have on a caftan my arms are out like Diana! (It happened by accident. Check Day 3 of the first year I did the muumuu advent calendar for evidence)
How often are you giving yourself a Diana Ross moment?
Especially when it's this easy.
Take the power pose with you all day long.
And then come back here and tell me all about the power of your muumuu or your caftan. Doesn't matter if it's House of Lu or not! I wanna know!
How many heads have you turned today?
How many complements have you received?
Life is short. Feel fabulous.