How to Boost Your Confidence in 2 Minutes

 

Are you about to enter a stressful situation?

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy, has identified a way to increase confidence and alter your hormone profile in such situations. This can be done in just 2 minutes.

The simple exercises help configure your brain to deal with any challenge you might face by re-configuring cortisol (stress hormone), and testosterone levels (+20%) when you're nervous or insecure.

In Private

Exercise 1:

Find a private and quiet place and really stretch yourself out. Make yourself as big as you can. Stand with your legs spread and hands rising high above your head (if possible for 2 minutes). The result: testosterone levels increase by 20% (scientifically proven), and cortisol levels drop.

Exercise 2:

If you are sitting... lean back with your hands at the back of your head and place your legs on a desk or other high object.

The most effective Power Poses are BIG ones, so make sure you stretch your body as much as possible when completing the exercises.

In Public

Tone down your postures when in public. You don't want to dominate everyone. Professor Cuddy recommends;
  •     Lifting your chin
  •     Standing straight and tall
  •     Resting your hands on the back of a chair
  •     Using open hand gestures
The Power Posing Habit

Start thinking more about your body and displaying confidence as often as possible. Open up... take up more space. As a result, your hormone levels will re-configure and you will feel more confident.

as shared by Gerard Danford, Academic PhD (Aalto) MBA (LBS) on quora 

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