I decided today to let some inspiration in.
I started with a wonderful TED talk by Amy Cuddy about body language. I think most of us know how important body language is and how to read it.
But I wanted to share this anyway. Amy talks about how body language affects our hormones (testosterone and cortisol). When we feel powerful and confident our testosterone levels go up and when we feel stressed or inferior our cortisol levels rise.
We may feel scared, less than and all kinds of untrue feelings.
But we can change that. In only two minutes! Or less really.
To describe it quickly: an open body language makes us feel more confident, and a closed on makes us feel less confident.
So, raising our arms in a victory gesture and smiling makes us feel good. Try it! Really put some power into the gesture! Hold it for a while. Walk around your home.
Now if you want to try sitting down, hunched over, legs crossed. Do you feel as powerful?
Now get up and stretch again. Smile. Straighten your back. Raise your arms again. Breathe.
It works. It really does.
You can do this before important meetings, before a job interview, before making a difficult telephone call.
But. I think we should do it every day. Start the day with a victory gesture!
Say good morning to the world and smile with gratitude for all the things that will happen and that you will experience.
Try it tomorrow!
Try it now.
With love, Elin
Here is Amy Cuddy´s TED talk.
I then watched another video by Matt Kahn which was just fab too. But I think I will share that another day.