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8 Power Postures To Practice To Change Your Mindset

8 Power Postures To Practice To Change Your Mindset

Our bodies can say a lot about what we are thinking and feeling. When we are feeling confident and in control, we are likely to strike a pose that mirrors this sentiment. However, what if we could use our body to help change our mood? It may seem simple, but striking a confident pose can have a direct effect on your inner sense of being. If you look powerful, you are more likely to feel commanding on the inside. Powerful people tend to be more assertive and more confident, more optimistic, think more abstractly, and are more willing to take risks. Here are 8 powerful celebrity poses you may like to copy in order to feel on top of things. As they say, fake it until you make it!

1. Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

    Try resting your left arm on your hip and let the other arm casually fall to your side. You can bring the left leg out in front a bit to add to the effect. This can make you have a strong presence.

    2. Judy Collins

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      When sitting on the floor, try crossing your ankles and raising up one knee. You can then rest one elbow on your raised knee and one hand on the floor. This will give you a sense of both comfort and power.

      3. Leonardo DiCaprio

      Leonardo-DiCaprio

        Placing both hands in your pockets and resting your right leg on your toe can give the impression of ease and composure.

        4. Robert Downey

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          Spreading out your arms in an honest and open fashion can make you look welcoming and in control.

          5. Salma Hayek

          Salma Hayek

            With both hands by your sides and your body turned at a slight angle, you will look tall and impressive. The sense of motion encompassed in this pose gives it a feeling of strength.

            6. Willem Dafoe

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            WILLEM DAFOE

              This is both a thoughtful and strong pose. Try crossing one arm over the other and then resting one hand on your face. You will also look poised.

              7. Scarlett Johansson

              Scarlett Johansson

                With two hands on your hips and your legs crossed, you will appear to be a force to be reckoned with. This tough stance is sure to make the impression you are after.

                8. Keanu Reeves

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                Keanu Reeves

                  With one hand in your pocket and the other resting loosely in front of your leg, you will portray strength and composure.

                  Try one or many of these poses and see how they help you change the way you view yourself.

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                  No!

                  It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                  But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                  What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                  But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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