Improve Your Life By Building Self-Efficacy
Practice sitting and standing in a body position of powerful presence. The one I like to use most is one of “dignity”. You stand with your feet slightly parted and imagine roots going into the ground, holding you firm, you suck in your stomach, push out your shoulders, hold your head tall and chin parallel to the floor. Smile a big smile and as Amy Cuddy (Social psychologist and associate professor at Harvard Business School) says, fake it till you become it.
The body is the easiest access point to change that will instantly change the way you feel and hence your language and actions, so use it to support you in becoming more effective. But like riding a bicycle or driving a car, you can talk about it for ages, but the only learning happens when you truly practice it, they say it takes up to 4000 repetitions for it to become a preferred pathway, so how many times are you going to practice standing in dignity a day?
Author’s note: Although I know it is very common and fashionable to do personality and psychometric tests, I personally am not a fan of them. MBTI ,DISC, EQ, Shell, KYT, and even this one GSE. I don’t like to rank or rate people if they will label themselves and limit themselves resigning to their “scores” or “types”. However, when used as a visual representation of areas of growth and development, then they can be helpful.