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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.

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