In my previous blog articles, I have spent a lot of time talking about theory, concepts, and creating habits that can encourage your confidence.
That’s great and if you actually take the steps and implement what I have shared with you so far, it will definitely benefit you greatly over time.
But consider that these ideas and strategies take time to implement and time to see results.
Sometimes we just need a little “quick fix” that makes us feel more courageous and gives us an instant boost in confidence.
We all need that, don’t we? 🤷♀️
Especially if we are facing something quite daunting coming up.
Let’s look at something really simple to do and it only takes a minute or two to work – the Power Pose.
What the dumplings is A Power Pose? I hear you ask!
It’s as it sounds, a particular way to stand or sit that can give you an instant boost in confidence and courage.
Research done on power poses even suggests that your body language or the pose you strike influences your hormones. Having been in situations in the past, that have been particularly daunting, and using the power pose, I can vouch for this! 🦸♀️
It’s a mental thing. If you do these poses and YOU associate them with power, it helps.
You can strike these poses standing up or sitting down and use them anytime you need that little extra confidence boost but try holding them for at least 2 minutes, so that they can make an impact.
Strike A Power Pose
1. The easiest power pose in my mind is the “Wonder Woman”. Who doesn’t love a bit o’ Wonder Woman?!
My favourite is Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, she just oozes confidence! 😍
Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and your hands on your hips, chin tilted upwards. There are some great pics on the internet of both Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot in this power pose and plenty of others. Go take a peek!
2. When you’re at your desk, lean back in your chair, put your hands behind your head, and put your feet up on your desk for another strong power pose. If you don’t want your feet on your desk or are in an environment where that isn’t possible, lean back in your chair, keep your knees apart and rest your arm on the back of the chair or put it behind your head.
3. Simply standing up tall or standing at the table during a meeting with your hands on the table, leaning in slightly can have a big impact. The most important thing is to not hunch over and don’t cross your arms in front of your body.
When to Strike A Power Pose
You can strike these power poses whenever you need to. It’s a good habit to spend two minutes in the morning before you get your day started doing your favorite power pose.
This will set a confident tone for the rest of your day.
Strike a pose throughout the day, any time you feel less than confident. You can do these poses just about anywhere for a quick confidence boost break.
Head to the bathroom if you feel silly standing like a superhero in the middle of the room. 😁
Are you using power poses already?
If you have your own favourite power poses that give you an injection of confidence when you need it, do let me know, I'd love to hear!