Before you move on, think about the PowerPose stuff you’ve just read. There’s a huge temptation to disregard it because it:
- feels so simple it can’t possibly work
- is a bit silly or embarrassing to stand there like that.
That’s okay, it’s natural. But we know it works, so it’s important not to abandon it too easily.
Give yourself some time and answer the following questions, not as if you’re wondering whether or not to use the tool, but on the assumption that you are: you’re looking at ways to apply it, not questioning whether you will or not.
As you’re going to do this, you need to know:
- When: when is there a part of your day that you can regularly set aside for just two minutes? As part of your morning routine? At lunchtime?
- How: how will you remember to do it? An alarm on your smartphone? A post-it on your door?
- Where: where is there somewhere you can be confident about not being interrupted? The bathroom (with a locking door)? Your office or bedroom?
Jot your answers down. It’s a different course altogether so I won’t go into it here, but there’s a lot of evidence that you’re more likely to apply something if you write it down (long-hand!) in somewhere nice. Scrappy pieces of paper aren’t as useful as a classy diary!
Now go do it for a month.
Put a reminder in your diary for as near as you can for one calendar month from now: set aside ten minutes (you won’t need more!) to review how well you’ve stuck to this plan, and how you feel.