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If You Never Have Good Posture, Give Me 5 Minutes And You Will

If You Never Have Good Posture, Give Me 5 Minutes And You Will

Successful power people have something in common. It may not be something you notice explicitly, but if you really pay attention, you’ll notice that they command a room just with their presence. They will have good posture whether sitting, standing, or walking.

While having proper posture will help you command a room and feel more confident, it also has many health benefits. You’ll be less fatigued and build your core, which is a key component to a healthy life.

Do you want to project a powerful, successful image? Here are five things that take less than five minutes each that will help.

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Start a stretching regimen.

Stretching is a great way to become more flexible and have better posture. You can start with the basics by finding a great video or grabbing an article online. Focus on your calves, back, and neck. Flexibility will make you feel better and make perfect posture more comfortable and natural.

Be sure to focus on stretching your back by reaching as high as possible. Try to touch a point about two feet higher than possible, moving to your tippee-toes to do so. Stretch your calves and hamstrings by spreading your legs apart and bending at the waist, reaching to the left, right, and straight down.

Stretching your back and your legs will help give you the flexibility needed for perfect posture.

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Do yoga.

Yoga’s not just for Zen. It’s all about posture. Your core strength will improve and your posture will instantly improve. You don’t have to go to a yoga studio to get started. There are lots of great videos that can get you started with the basics. Also, know that most cable companies offer some basic yoga videos on demand, so you may have access already.

You don’t have to spend hours on this either. Even just five poses for one minute each can help your posture tremendously. And yoga isn’t just for the ladies. Men may even get more out of a quick yoga session since they usually tend to favor muscle-building rather than flexibility exercises, and increased flexibility will help you stand, sit, and walk tall.

Change a chair for a stability ball.

Many people have drastically improved their posture by switching their desk chair for a stability ball. It makes you use your core and ensures proper balance and good posture because if you don’t, you’ll fall!

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Build Your Core.

By finding creative ways to work your core throughout the day, you will strengthen the muscles needed for good posture. So how do you do it? Easy! Breathing exercises are a great way to strengthen your core and get the feeling of perfect posture. Take a deep breath, the kind that makes your ribs rise up a couple inches, and hold it for 10 seconds. Repeat this as many times as feels right. It’s a great way to refocus your thoughts and gives you the core strength needed for good posture.

Practice Makes Perfect.

The number one key to good posture? Being conscious of it! Practice makes perfect. Make a conscious effort to maintain good posture as often as possible. You’ll find your muscle memory taking over and your posture improving each and every day. And practicing is easy and can be done anywhere. Next time you’re at the store, shopping for groceries, walking to your car, or even just sitting at your desk, make a conscious effort to improve your posture.

Good posture can help you improve your life. You’ll feel more confident, command a room, and be more healthy to boot! Just remember, practice makes perfect!  And the best time to get started is now.

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Featured photo credit: laverrue via flickr.com

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Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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