Monday, August 16, 2010

How's Your Physiology Looking?

What is your physiology, you ask. It's how you "appear". Your you look and act says a lot about your physical, mental and emotional states according to Tony Robbins and most other experts on the topic. Though not an expert, per se, I happen to agree wholeheartedly.

For instance, if you don't smile often, try doing just that as a small experiment. Smile wide and hold that smile. How do you feel compared to your more somber expression?

When you see a person with shoulders hunched forward or head down, what do you think they might be feeling? Do they look like they feel great? On top of the world? Excited or happy? Or do they look like they might be feeling downtrodden, sad, anxious or some other slightly less than positive emotion?

If you notice someone who looks depressed, how do they talk? Low.... or in a monotone? How are their facial expressions? Are they smiling, frowning? Are the muscles of their face tense?

Take some time to play with your physiology and see if it doesn't change your state of being.
  • Smile when you're feeling grumpy or sad.
  • Hold your head up and shoulders back when you're feeling depressed or lacking confidence. 
  • Keep your arms at your sides when talking to someone instead of folding them across your chest which makes you "appear" unapproachable or confrontational.
  • Make eye contact to exude confidence.
Small changes in your physiology will change not only how others perceive you, but how YOU perceive you. Try it and see for yourself.

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