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🔋Beyond the power pose

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” - William James Last week we looked at how what you do with your body can affect your state of mind. 💡The BIG idea: You can use your body in an intentional way to send a message to your brain to be the most powerful version of yourself. This week we'll look at other ways you can expand both mentally and physically to help you take on your life's biggest challenges. Recall the power pose...



Dr. Amy Cuddy demonstrates the famous Wonder Woman power pose. 💡The BIG idea: Along with a power pose, you can use your voice, your thoughts, your words and your imagination to boost your inner power before entering challenging situations. Here are some suggestions:

  • Recall in as much mental detail as possible a time when you acted in a way you feel you were born to act

  • Imagine yourself in a power pose, as a superhero in your own thought bubble

  • Breathe slowly and deeply

  • Read a list of powerful words

  • Reframe a scary scenario as a thrilling challenge

  • Rather than taking up a lot of physical space during a conversation with my patented gorilla-on-a-sofa posture, let your words be expansive. Speak slowly, relax your throat so that you can lower your pitch, and don't be afraid to pause.

  • Sing something gleeful.

Do it now: Take a few minutes to think about a time you felt on top of your game. Revel in the memory, and recall it in as much detail as you can. You get bonus points for writing down your peak experience and sharing it with a friend who does the same with you. “Focus less on the impression you're making on others, and more on the impression you're making on yourself.” - Amy Cuddy



My peak experience: 6 minutes and 32 seconds of stand-up comedy at the Absolute Comedy Club. Get charged up with the incredible Dr. Amy Cuddy and check our her fabulous book, Presence: Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges. 🚨Get a Quick Charge out of these: 💡Get inspired to move with these video clips from Patrick O'Hannigan, Suzanne Villeneuve and Joshua Thiel who share what they'd put on their Moved to Move Billboard. 😊 Why happiness shouldn't be pursued. It should ensue. “The first step in self-help points beyond the self.” 🚶🏻‍♀️ Walking clears my mind of busy thoughts...It is in movement that I feel most like myself.”Manage your time for happiness. 🚵 “What’s the point of learning a skill if we don’t have control over our minds?” The riveting story behind the greatest ever mountain biking achievement. The Recharge Quote of the Week is a chart. Can you guess the age of peak life satisfaction?


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