Monthly Archives:September 2010

Faking it really works!

28 Sep 10
Daniel Smith
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Why is it that sometimes you can feel powerful, confident and certain about what you’re doing, though other times you don’t?

And, more importantly, what can we do about it? If you have an important presentation or interview coming up, how can you get yourself into state quickly and on demand?

By taking on the body posture of confidence and power, you can transform the way you think and feel – in as little as just two minutes!

Our friends at HBS found that by holding one’s body in an expansive ‘high-power’ pose for as little as two minutes stimulated the release of higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of cortisol.

And it wasn’t just a little effect either. After just two minutes putting their feet up on the desk and leaning back with their hands behind their heads, testosterone – the hormone of power and dominance – was up by 19% and cortisol (the stress hormone) was down by 25%! And they could feel the difference.

After just two minutes in a high-power posture, people felt more powerful and were willing to take more risks.

Know that the way you move your body will affect your biochemistry and the way you behave. So the next time you need to perform, check your body posture.

For those familiar with the New Code of NLP, you might recognize this as being aligned with the Chain of Excellence – how Breathing affects Physiology affects State affects Performance. It’s nice when science catches up with NLP.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Excellence: Do you just go there or do you live there?

15 Sep 10
Daniel Smith
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Over dinner with an Aikido Master last week, discussions lubricated with plenty of Tsingtao and sake turned to the founder of Aikido. Morihei Ueshiba, known as O’Sensei, developed Aikido through last century, as much a philosophy as a martial art that has experienced spectacular success around the world. And yet it was noted that none of the students of O’Sensei’ have come close to surpassing the founder.

Some suggest that subsequent generations will be led by those biased against students who might surpass them, and that the ‘next great leader’ will only arise when the talent of the leaders is so corrupted that they don’t even recognize superior talent. But let’s hope not.

Besides, I was curious as to what was so special about O’Sensei, rather than the excuses.

One of the observations made by this master was that at some point, O’Sensei had become “enlightened”. While somewhat cliched, it occurred to me that perhaps one difference was that whereas other Masters might gain access to a powerful state of being, O’Sensei lived there.

I noticed something similar while I was in Brighton last month. There were Trainers, Trainer Assistants, and Trainer Candidates who had access to NLP techniques, methods and strategies. But there were a precious few who lived NLP. Who didn’t “do” NLP sometimes and live ‘normally’ the rest of the time, but who just experienced NLP as they lived their life.

Perhaps this is similar to the “personal congruence” that John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair so actively promote the New Code of NLP.