When it seems impossible, when it seems like nothing is going to work, you’re usually just a few millimeters away from making it happen
I’m a huge personal development/self-help junkie, and I think many multipotentialites can relate.
The idea that you can literally trick yourself into success using your body language, posture, and physiology really fascinates me. Amy Cuddy talks about this and how “power posing”–imposing a more confident body language or pose even when you don’t feel confident–can help you become confident and successful. In essence, fake it ’til you make it. When we act confident, we start to become it.
Chest opening poses, arms outstretched in the air in victory, or the “Wonder Woman” pose are all great postures to feign confidence. Using your body to exercise these different postures at the start of your day or before a speech or interview could work wonders.
Incantation vs. Affirmation
Personal development guru Tony Robbins talks about incantations which I found to be similar. He says the difference between an affirmation and an incantation is that affirmations only use your voice. There’s no gusto in the feeling and emotion behind what you say, and it could turn out flat.
Instead, an incantation uses gestures, dramatic gesticulations, and loud, enthusiastic voice to shout your desires to the world. It’s emotion–energy in motion–using your body as movement. It pumps you up and makes you feel confident and in control. It shifts your energy and with these small shifts of approach, can shift your entire life. This technique helped Tony Robbins go from $36k to $1million in just one year.
Dancing to Abundance
This is my own technique I’ve adopted. I use dance and movement when I’m feeling stuck creatively or want to attract more opportunities/clients/projects into my life. I dance a*bun*dance in my room by myself usually to some electronica. The music selection doesn’t matter so much as long as you’re dancing.
Energy is movement, and money is flow. Money is also a type of energy, movement, exchange. If you want your life to flow, then dance. This is my philosophy and it’s a lot of fun.
Whenever I get a new client, I dance! I honor the new flow by moving my body. It is more of a ritual that I’ve started but it seems to work somehow, in magical ways. It’s acting out gratitude, rather than just simply acknowledging it or writing it down.
Take dance breaks throughout the day to break the time in front of a computer and get some movement in your day. Even 5-10 minutes of random dance, or movement, stretching in general, can help your day flow better and keep you from getting stuck. It will facilitate creativity, and the break away from the computer may even get your thoughts flowing into an epiphany or a-ha moment for a problem you were trying to solve, or a new idea you can implement. When you’re feeling stuck on something, movement literally helps.
Creating a Consistent Exercise Habit
I believe in a holistic approach to life with your body as foundation. Without a healthy body, and lots of energy, your productivity can also suffer. Many successful leaders and entrepreneurs get up early to work out at least 1-2 hours. They do so to meet the demands of the day and keep their energy levels up. Exercise becomes a top priority to maintain their lifestyles and be able to function in the most optimal way.
How do you use your body to aide in your success? What practices are you willing to try to incorporate?