Psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy tells ABC's Katie Curic that her research indicates certain "power poses" can infuse us psychologically, emotionally, and even physically with greater confidence and energy.
The poses require making ourselves big and looming, standing tall with arms and legs extended, or legs spread with hands on hips and chest expanded (think Superman or Wonder Woman!). Such physical postures actually seem to stimulate testosterone (our strength and confidence hormone) while decreasing our cortisol levels (a common stress hormone).
As YahooNews! reports, "Cuddy believes that by simply striking a power pose, you can infuse yourself with the confidence and self assurance you need to achieve your goals. She suggests trying these poses before job interviews, speeches or important meetings."
For the Christian, there is a power pose even more effective than standing tall with a puffed chest. That pose would be on bended knee (think Tim Tebow!). The posture of prayerful meekness is the most powerful posture we can ever assume. Meekness means placing all our earthly and spiritual power under God's control. Making ourselves small (i.e., humble) before God, praying for HIS strength and HIS will, will infuse us with all the power we need to face our world with confidence and assurance.
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time" (1 Peter 5:6).
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5).
"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13).