Have you ever gone in for a job interview and wished you had someone to give you a pep talk to boost your confidence?
Would you agree that when you feel happy you’re most likely smiling? Or when you feel sad you usually keep your head down?
Our minds can change our body language and in turn our bodies can actually change our minds if we are intentional for just 2 minutes. Amy Cuddy has an awesome TED Talk on the social psychology of how power posing can actually get your testosterone up and your cortisol down!
What this actually means in everyday life terms – if you hold a posture for 2 minutes your mind will conform to it. For example, if you’re feeling down and need a boost, you can literally fake a smile for 2 minutes and your mind will start to believe you’re actually feeling happiness. Same with your posture – if you hold a superman/woman pose for 2 minutes versus slouching down, your mind will actually start to feel the confident power of that posture.
If you’re having trouble faking a smile you can always use a pencil between your teeth and it’ll actually force you to smile and have the same effect. You should try it! 🙂
For my friends of faith, the bible actually calls us to call those things that aren’t as if they are. I never fully understood what that meant, nor had i ever really cared to. But now it brings on a whole new depth to me. We are able to call things as they should be as an act of faith. It’s become a gift for me to be able to “fake it until i become it” as Amy describes it.
… in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. *NIV
This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing. *NLT
– Romans 4:17