Can you do something for two minutes and change your life? The answer is, Yes. For this purpose, I am talking about Life-enhancing changes.
Fear is one of those feelings that stops you in your tracks. It can be all thought-consuming. My favorite acronym about fear is: FEAR – Fantasized Experiences Appearing Real.
My own personal quote about fear is: “Fear is more paralyzing than a spinal cord injury.” I know in the past, I have allowed fear to get in my way of my own progress.
If you change your state, you change your physiology. Fear is physical. So is courage. You can make radical shifts by the way you breathe and the way you move your physical body.
Harvard University did a study on changing your posture for two minutes. What they found is that power poses and postures of high-power cause a biochemical change in the body by increasing testosterone 20% while simultaneously decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone) 25%.
86% of the participants who used high-power poses were ready to take more risks.
Participants in less-power poses or a relaxed stated had a biochemical reaction as well: testosterone decreased 10% and cortisol increased by 15%.
So, any time you want to be more successful and feel more powerful, in charge and even more energetic, do a high-power pose for two minutes and then GO for what you want! You can move between the different poses to make up the two minutes. Have fun with it! What a great new habit to incorporate into your daily morning ritual.
Let me know how it goes for you.