“We convince by our presence, and to convince others we need to convince ourselves”
– Amy Cuddy
Look at these two pictures of Didier Drogba, one of the greatest football player of our time.
The picture on the left was taken when Drogba and his team were losing a game. He has a closed posture with his hands joining together to protect vital part of his body, here his head. He looks down, with rounded shoulders and his chess collapsed inward. This is a loser’s posture.
Then look at the picture on the right. Drogba has just scored a goal and he is celebrating. His arms are wide open and away from his body. The palm of his hands are also open with the inside turned to the public. He looks up, with determination, and appears taller than on the previous picture. This is a winner’s posture.
Now observe your own posture. What is the default position that you give to your body? Is it one of a winner, or are you telling the world that you are a loser without noticing it?
Today I would like to share with you three actions that I take and that you can take as well, to put your body into a winning state and raise your confidence level.
Practice “Power Poses”
Take a moment to watch (or watch again if you have already seen it) this popular TEDx video by Amy Cuddy, and integrate “Power Poses” into all your routines. Amy explains that by assuming a “powerful” posture, subjects can induce positive hormonal and behavioural changes. Although the theory of “Power Posing” is still refuted by many scientists, what I know from my own practical experience is that it works for me. I do “Power Poses” in my morning routines, and before important meetings and presentations. The impact on my confidence level is absolutely visible, and it might work for you too. So give it a try and let me know what you think.
Realign the different part of your body
Our life style nowadays lead many of us to develop bad postures characterized by a sway back with rounded shoulders and over arched spine, as well as protruding abdomen.
Recently, I came across four simple exercises presented by Brian Bradley of EGOSCUE in the video below and that can be done anywhere, anytime. They are excellent to realign your legs, hip, and shoulders, which is important to help you adopt the power poses that increase your confidence level and get people to see it.
Move like a predator
Jean-Louis Rodrigue is an acting coach and movement director who trained some of the best performer in the world including Leonardo DiCaprio. He includes in his work what he learned studying why men and women of the Nuba tribe in East Africa can walk among predators cats like cheetahs and lion, and don’t get attacked by them. The answer is simple: They move like predators themselves: they use the ground and they don’t have any missteps and when they move they are alert, head up, and unapologetic.
In the video below, Bo Eason who was trained by Jean-Louis Rodrigue, explains how to walk like a predator and diffuse confidence and safety around you.
Peace, Joy, Love
Written by Maxime Yao
First published May 14th, 2018