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Week Nineteen: Mama’s Wisdom Confirmed

imagesI can remember my mother often saying to me, “You can sell the Brooklyn Bridge and not even own it!”  As a young child not even knowing where Brooklyn was I didn’t totally understand her comment but she said it with such conviction and so often that I believed her.  (As my friend Les Brown would often say, sometimes you have to borrow someone else’s belief until yours kicks in.)  Mama would further say, “…so stand tall, head up, shoulders back, put a smile on your face and go sell that bridge!!”  I would obediently take that physical posture along with her faith and found myself doing some really incredible things.  The success I met fed my belief and a wonderful cycle of significant achievements in my life began.  Today whenever my confidence may be challenged I remember her directive of taking a power stance (my words, not hers) and reconnect with her belief in me and mine in God, and  I quickly shift anxiety to excitement.

This week in our mastermind group our fearless leader, Mark Januszewski (Mark J) shared his experience with using his body posture to bolster his confidence whenever desired.  He would intentionally raise his testosterone level and reduce his cortisol level via body positioning right before major presentations or other important people engagements.  Yes, our body positioning can and does impact not only how others see us but how we see ourselves. It really is a simple and wonderful fact–one that can totally shift outcomes for you.  So here is your mission, should you decide to accept it, check out the high and low power poses below and then practice high-power poses for two or more minutes a day especially before any important meetings or events to experience this amazing power.

High-Power Pose 2High-Power Pose 3

Low-Power Pose 1Low-Power Pose 2

Mark shared with us a video of Amy Cuddy doing a TED talk (Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are) back in June 2012 discussing various experiments she and her team facilitated to support this concept.  (Click on the link below to see it yourself–it is well worth your time.)  This research confirms what my mama (and perhaps your mama) used to say decades ago.  Indeed Mama’s wisdom was confirmed!

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Week Eighteen: I Am & You Are The Solution

embodiment-i-am-movie-1-298820Wow, I just finished watching the documentary “I Am” (Tom Shadyac) twice!  What a stimulating, thought provoking and inspiring documentary pointing to our common reality and what we are equipped to do about it.  It is based on seeking the answers to two basic questions, “What’s wrong with our world?” and “What can we do about it?”  One of Albert Einstein’s quotes summarizes it all.  He said, “Humanity is going to require a substantially new way of thinking if it is to survive.”  I agree.

The documentary graphically highlights real, modern day issues we face, beliefs we hold, and attitudes we exemplify. It says we tell ourselves “stories” to live…stories that are often based on faulty premises.  One of the many thoughts shared was the idea of many being cannibalistic…not eating the actual flesh of another but eating the life of another by unconscionable self interest and boundless materialism.  What is enough?  Were we really ‘born to buy’ and is ‘less’ really a bore?’  How is it okay to step over or simply ignore those around us who simply want and need life sustaining food?  Many waste more than homeless people can imagine? What is further disturbing is the fact that we are hardwired for compassionate response to the trouble of others yet far too many ‘choose’ to override that until it is a major event i.e. 9/11, a tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, or the likes.

Even more exciting was the revelation that science (a story we tell) is finally catching up with understanding what God put in place eons ago.  We are truly amazing creatures with extraordinary abilities to influence and love.  Our emotions modulate our heart signals and emanates a measurable magnetic field that impacts/affects those around us and ultimately our world!  Ok…I know I’m throwing a lot at you in this one post but it is really fascinating and there is so much more.  I’m thrilled that this was one of the films we were encouraged to watch in our Master Key Mastermind group and I likewise encourage you to do the same. I’ve enclosed a few links below so you can watch it, be amazed, and most importantly do something with what you learn.  What is wrong with the world and simultaneously what is right with the world?  The answer is, I am…and you are!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAwIzT8cBSA (Overview of I Am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahpzRWvXxmg (Interview with Tom Shadyac)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8xFfd0T0Vs (Link to the documentary, I Am)