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Week 15-The Super Hero’s Pose

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“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.

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If we are in fact on The Hero’s Journey then we need to start Super Hero Posing!

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.

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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.

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60 Comments

  1. I loved it Sara!! Thank you so much. It made me start my day lauging out loud. It is very well written!

  2. How cool that your General Manager shared this technique with you. A definite case of when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Also a reminder that the teacher may be the last person we expected. Thank you to you and to him for having the courage to share and involve you in his power pose!

  3. Let’s be like Madonna and “Strike a Hero’s Pose”. Awesome job!

  4. I love, love, love this post Sara. I know exactly how you feel about being at work. I love the idea of the super hero pose. I’m going to try that when I’m slogging through my work day 🙂

  5. love ‘ fake it until I become it! ‘ thank you so much for sharing this perspective, Sarah !!! blessings

  6. Sara – what a BRILLIANT post. Mahalo for sharing!!! That’s AWESOME!! Wishing you a wondrous and luminous (a Yoda quote) 2016. Yours in Gratitude, Light & Love wendyht

    • You’re welcome Wendy! Wishing you the best in 2016 as well!!

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    Love it! (And aren’t we all superheros, when it comes right down to it?)

  8. You are blessed Sara to have a boss in the office willing to do the Power Pose! Take advantage of every opportunity (my daughter would tell you to wear WonderWoman underwear!!).

  9. Fab Sara!! love it…powerposing in my chair right now!!! Will check out the ted talk! Great! Glad you were gifted that gift!! HA

    • Yay! Doesn’t it feel good. I noticed such a difference in my demeanor. Lets take on 2016 like superheros!!

      • Haha…guess what..i went into starbucks this morning and showed them the heroes pose…lol. they were talking fatigue and I asked if I could show you a way to overcome that would you want me to show you…we laughed and it was shown…lol…so much fun! Thank you. From LA to Toronto…

  10. Nice one Sara! Geez when I was a kid I had superwoman undies and singlet and use to walk up and down the street thinking I was hot stuff! Thanks for the memory recall. 🙂 I’ll have to try it in-between working at my desk:-)

    • I love it! I think I am going to get a pair on superwoman undies now! hahaha!

  11. I am feeling my time wasted at work as well! Loving how you turned it around!

    • Isn’t it the worst. I am working on it! On Fri. I started this blog at work. My boss asked what I was doing. I could not even lie this time because I really had no work to do. I just blatantly told her that I was writing a blog- ha! Surprisingly she did not event get mad 😀

  12. LOVE it! I’m going to try that when I’m doing my affirmations 🙂

  13. Love it! Fabulous suggestion, fun and well-being guaranteed. Thank you for sharing.

  14. NICE post, Sara! I love your take on this topic you wrote on, and I love your photos! Your encouragement to me and others to be prouder of who we are AND to move ahead with greater courage, conviction and assurance — it’s very empowering! Bravo!

    • Thank you so much Art! You all inspire me to dig deeper and share the journey!

  15. Your boss gave you a valuable gift! Maybe that is why you are there? Great post, thank you.

  16. I am sooo going to do this too! Thanks Sara, you keep putting up posts that I resonate with, I look forward to yours every week now.

  17. How Great is this? A person’s stance says a lot as to who they are. I would never have thought. In school I had a teacher once after asking for the answer and not getting the correct response finally said,” If your just going to sit there then at least look like you know the answer”. This the same as standing like you are important or at least someone of structure. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Very well put Sara, I too am impatient at times. Remember Og’s statement, yet in my allotted time, I practice the art of patience, for nature acts never in haste. We are nature and you are Greatness! YOU GOT THIS!

  19. Power posing!! I love your energy Sara. Thank you for a great and playful new way to read my cards. Much love to you!

  20. Sara, I saw and Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk many weeks ago and started taking those pose elements into my daily card reading exercises. It works wonderful. I have even done another 50 minute round of reading the one sentence DMP in those poses and taking on different characters. What a way to plug into power.

    Now, If I just had an invisible jet, I’d be nearly invincible 🙂 Thanks for the confirmation that it’s working for you too!

    • That is awesome! I am going to totally try the 50 min with that pose. What a great way to encompass it all! Yay! If you ever do get the invisible jet you will have to come pick me up for quick ride around the block 😉

  21. Awesome blog post Sara! Way to go for seeing the connection and incorporating the power pose into your MKMMA practices. I love watching TED talks and I have seen this one before. I thought it was great then, and I just watched it again on your post. Did you happen to notice the virtues listed on the slide about the traits people presented (@15:20)? Also, I love how I was able to add an additional mark on my chart for “Persistence” when she was talking about how she stayed when she thought she was not supposed to be in Princeton. I will be following your lead and doing the power pose charged with feeling for 2 minutes a day. 😀

  22. While reading this I took the superhero pose and felt the difference.

  23. Just keep on going. Yesterday is and tomorrow is waiting for you!

  24. ohhhh…. can I play too? LOVE IT and am going to do it!! Thank you 🙂

  25. I love that write. Substitution, whatever it might be. Good job!

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