“I am not on this earth by chance. I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain (Hero Pose), not to shrink to a grain of sand (Low Power)”. ~Og Mandino
I really struggled at work this week. As the MKMMA class goes on and the more I change my thoughts, voice my dreams, and work towards my goals, my job gets harder and harder to sit at and waste valuable time.
Every day that I am bound to my desk filling my time with “busy looking tasks” I am saddened. I am just squandering precious moments that I could be working towards my purpose. I wanted to refrain from the dwelling, into my weekly dissatisfaction; of the place I spend the majority of my waking hours. I have just wonderful and productive weekends and as the workweek goes on I slowly start sinking into a hole. I try substitution, I try to keep a positive mental attitude, I try to sneak in my readings and cards when my boss is not looking, but after 8.5 hours a day staring blankly at a computer screen watching the golden hours pass, the gal in the glass screams out “You are not a grain of sand!”
I have a plan that I am working towards, but my impatience is getting the best of me! How the hell do I substitute that??!!
On Wednesday I was not the only one in the office struggling to keep a positive mental attitude. The General Manager (he is not my direct boss) was also having a non-purposeful day. At one moment he looked at me and said, “You know what we need to do right now?” I looked at him inquisitively “What is that?” He said, “We need to stand up, right now, and take the Super Hero’s Pose!” He instantly walked over to my side of the office, puffed up his chest and with a wide, solid stance; he put his fisted hands on his hips. “Come on!” He demanded. So I got up form the desk, looked at him with my “reluctant face”, took the stance, puffed up my chest and put my fisted hands on my hips. He exclaimed that we had to stand like that for at least 2 min. and it was proven to change one’s mental attitude.
We stood there for a bit longer than 2 minutes and walked around like super heroes while talking in our super hero authoritative voices. After we claimed out stance I felt like I could walk right on out the office and conquer the world!
So I started to research this so called “Super Hero Pose” and what effects it has on our psyche and our bodies. And I found some really inspiring information. I highly recommend watching Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk (Video Below).
Also here is an article I read from James Clear:
Your Hormones and Your Confidence
Recent research coming out of Harvard University, The University of Oregon, The University of Texas and many other places is revealing that powerful and effective leaders not only share similar mindsets, but also similar hormone levels. More specifically, powerful leaders tend to have higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of cortisol.
Higher levels of testosterone (in both men and women) lead to increased feelings of confidence. Meanwhile, lower levels of cortisol lead to decreased anxiety and an improved ability to deal with stress.
Here’s what that means: if you enjoy these hormone levels, then you are biologically primed to be more assertive, confident, and relaxed. At the same time, you will be less reactive to stress and more likely to handle pressure situations well. In other words, the correct hormone levels can make you feel more confident and less stressed.
Sounds good, right?
What is particularly important about testosterone and coritsol is that your levels of each hormone can change rapidly depending on the social, physical, and environmental cues that surround you.
What does this have to do with feeling more confident?
Well, it turns out that one of the physical cues that impacts these two hormones is body language. And if you understand how to improve your body language, then you can increase your testosterone, decrease your cortisol, and “magically” feel more confident and risk tolerant.
I have started to incorporate the 2 min. power poses right when I get to work and any time I am going to do MKMMA flash cards, readings, etc. I figure if we are supposed to use the Law Of Substitution for the mind, then we also need to use the same Law for the body. In just 2 days I am already seeing a change and feeling more empowered.
I have always found it hard to, “fake it until you make it”. As I am a very open person who wears their hear on their sleeve and believe in being honest almost to a fault. But now with my MKMMA box of tools and my Super Hero’s Pose I will continue to, “fake it until I become it!”
Your playing small does not serve the world. So when in doubt… POWER POSE!!! Hahahaha. PEACE.