The Power of Smiling:
I have a question for you: How many times a day do you smile (5, 10, maybe 20)? Did you know that it's been said that children can actually smile up 400x per day. Smiling is contagious. It can lower stress-enhancing hormones and increase mood-enhancing hormones.
Let's talk about that for a second:
Over the past few months I’ve been sharing these quick videos with the community and suggesting that we must change the way we think in order to be fully successful. But, it doesn't just stop with our thoughts. Physically, we must make adjustments.
One day while working I noticed that my body (physically) resembled that of a person who was tired, depressed and burned out. My head was down, my shoulders were slouched, and I had a frown on my face. Looking back I really don't think I was depressed. But my body was just so used of this that that seemed to be my default posture. Once I noticed this I began to be more aware of how I presented myself (walking into a store, meeting or introducing myself to a new client). I immediately changed my posture and noticed a difference in the way I felt about myself. I felt more confident and alive. It seemed to be very attractive to others. I sat and stood up straight. I put my shoulders back and had a big smile on my face.
Here is an interesting fact! Did you know that it is impossible to smile and be depressed at the same time? It's true! And did you also know that you were actually born smiling. For some reason we lose this ability that once came so natural to us.
Today’s Action Step:
For today's action step I want you to walk in to work with a smile on your face, shoulders back and a posture like you own the place (ok so maybe you do own the place). Everyone is going to want what you have. Notice the way you feel when you do this. You’ll actually feel better and that is because physiologically and neurologically things are actually changing. Do this throughout the week. Note: Because I’m sure you have lost the ability to do these things, which at one time came so natural to you, you may have to make this into a habit. So do this everyday this week. Do it at your desk, on the ride to and from work, when you walk into the grocery store- everywhere! Before you know it you will have developed a key habit that will help you be more confident and positive.