The 2 Minute Power-Up

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s simple yet clear message is this:

Our bodies change our minds.
Our minds change our behavior.
Our behavior changes our outcomes.

While many of us have known for years how our body language affects others, Amy set out to look scientifically at how our body language can affect how we see and feel about ourselves.

Amy’s research ended up showing that standing in a “power pose” or posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident, can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Her specific life-hack that can make an unreasonable difference to your future (for the better that is,) is what I call the “2 Minute Power-up.”

The 2 Minute Power-Up

Do this for 2 minutes:
Chose one or two of the 5 power-poses below and stand or sit in these for 2 minutes.

This is especially helpful just prior to stressful evaluative moments such as in a job interview, speaking publicly, presenting an idea in class, or any other moment when you feel you are putting yourself on the line. Just holding any of these poses will increase your testosterone levels and decrease your cortisol levels.

It will change the way you think and feel about yourself as you go into these challenging moments.

Amy’s research has proven that the differences are measurable.

These 5 poses are the power poses Amy Cuddy presented in her TED talk in 2012:

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If you want to understand the way the science was done, the TED talk will fill in those details.

The key take-away here is that you can change your hormone levels and how you feel about yourself in two minutes. And this is another small, but powerful choice you can make that  help you take even more control of your future!