Stand up and prosper.
When I was younger, I used to love watching the Power Rangers on TV. Not only did I think I had special powers when I was wearing my superhero cape (trust me- old bed sheets make the best costumes), but I felt free.
But there was one thing that I couldn’t quite understand…
Why did I see them as ‘strong’ and inspirational figures?
It took me a long time to figure this out, but I realised the answer was simple…
Introducing the Power Pose.
Their power pose was something that was unique to them, it was what made them an individual. It was something that reflected their personality. It was something that they could show the world at anytime, anywhere. It was their own ‘stamp’ on life and the world in which they live.
Moving to the modern day; we see many influential figures that have their own ‘stamp’ on life and the world they live in. From A-List movie stars to red carpets, influential minds of the future and the averages joes like you and me: how you present yourself physically has a big impact on how you are perceived, and how you perceive yourself.
A few months ago I attended a talk by Claire Eastham, author of the amazing “We’re All Mad Here” (which I highly recommend you read!). Aside from discussing how she deals with her anxiety, she spoke about the importance of confidence in the face of adversity: how having a power pose helps her to face the world, achieve and prosper.
On the subject of power poses and body positivity; although controversial “Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it. Do it enough until you actually become it and internalize” as Amy Cuddy mentions in her inspirational TED Talk (well worth a watch!), resonates with me.
For me personally, I’ve never really been confident in my body image and the way I look; but after coming out as non-binary last summer, I’ve been able to find my own power pose that’s unique and authentic to me- working on how I see myself everyday, one step at a time. One that defies stereotypical norms and stigmas. A pose that makes me feel confident, inquisitive creative and worth investing in.
I’m not perfect, and never will be. I’m constantly finding new power poses and ways of expressing myself and realising that I truly can face the world and any challenges that come my way.
Do you have a power pose? Time to stand up, speak up and believe in yourself. You have the power. Just believe it.