Wednesday, July 1, 2015
It's July already and the rain won't stop in Ohio, waah. How can I train for swimming in a triathlon relay when thunder closes my outdoor pool? Time for July's Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh. Join us HERE.
Last week I delivered a presentation to swim campers about ways to build their confidence. I mentioned the technique "fake it till you make it". In other words, if you don't feel confident, sometimes acting confident on the outside can boost confidence on the inside. Head up, shoulders back, add a smile or serene facial expression, and you're good to go.
Then I heard about a TED talk by social psychologist Amy Cuddy that takes confident body language a step further. According to Dr. Cuddy, our nonverbals affect how others see us. But can nonverbals affect how we see ourselves?
Since I know you're busy and may not have time to watch the 21 minute video (it's worth it if you do have the time), I'll summarize her research.
Holding "power poses" for just two minutes can significantly increase testosterone (feelings of power) and decrease cortisol (feelings of stress).
What are power poses? Here's one:
Here are two more:
Are you mired in insecurity when writing? Knees knocking before pitching to a publisher? Try a power pose for two minutes and you'll feel more assertive, confident, and optimistic!