Everyday life comes with everyday stress. Whether it’s because your alarm clock didn’t wake you up on time, which made you late for your morning meeting, or a potential client was unhappy with your performance (probably because of that meeting you were late for), stress is always lurking.
Not only is stress a contributing cause to many physical diseases and emotional instabilities, it also significantly lowers the abilities to be a leader and make impactful decisions. When the level of cortisol in your body is high, it reduces the amount of testosterone in your body by a substantial amount.
Despite what most people think, testosterone is not the “male” hormone. It’s actually the chemical in your body that allows you to be more assertive, make more executive decisions, and be a better leader. Studies have shown that people who have high levels of testosterone in their bodies have low levels of cortisol and vice versa. When cortisol is too overpowering in the body, the inclination for you to be an impactful leader is much less than if you have high levels of testosterone. And thanks to multiple studies, there’s a way to raise the levels of testosterone in your body in as little as two minutes.
Introducing the Power Pose.
There are three main power poses, although they’re not the only ones to come around. By doing the power poses for a minimum of two minutes, you’re actually lowering the level of cortisol in your body and raising the level of testosterone by 20%.
The first of the power poses is what’s known as the Wonder Woman, or in more recent years, the Beyonce. This is the classic pose of putting your hands on your hips, keeping your back straight, and lifting your chin up. It’s the pose of “Yeah, I’m a badass and no one can mess with me”.
Next is what we call the CEO Executive. This is when you’ve made an amazing move at your work and kick your legs up on your desk and throw your hands behind your head. You’re just relishing in the success of you.
The final main power pose is the YES! pose. It’s widely known that when accomplishing something big, people throw their arms up in the air. They say “Yes, I did it!” and they feel good about it.
So there you have it. The not-so-secret secret to reducing the level of stress in your body. It really is as easy as 123. Or shall I say….1-3 minutes! By doing this, you’ll definitely be able to make the decisions that need to be made and be the leader that you, and your team, need you to be.