What would gospel body language look like?
Researchers from UCLA proclaim that we understand others through: What is said – 7%; How it is said – 37%; Non-verbal – 55%. Body language is key. The point is, are we projecting who we are, who we want to be seen as, and Christ-likeness in our body language?
Check out the following YouTube video from UConn’s Women’s Basketball Coach, Geno Auriemma.
When I disciple younger men, I am often concerned about their body language.
Oftentimes people’s desires and dreams in life do not match their body language.
I encourage men to dress and communicate at the level you want to be professionally and spiritually, not where you currently are.
In an electronic journal (notes, evernote etc.), every time you change environments (work, dining, living space, friends, strangers) make a quick note recording the body language you were presenting to your audience. This is a self-awareness or mindfulness exercise. You want to understand yourself and why you are presenting that particular body language. How it is being perceived? Are their triggers in your life that cause you to physically react a certain way? Take the next few weeks to gain a better understanding of what impressions you are giving off with your body language.
Does your body language represent the leader that you are called to be?
Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy, has identified a way to increase confidence and alter your hormone profile in such situations. This can be done in just 2 minutes. Check out the TED Talk.
Her research suggests that we can conduct simple exercises to help configure our brains to better deal with challenges. Through body language, we can re-configure our cortisol (stress hormone), and testosterone levels (+20%) when we are nervous or insecure. In other words, your body language can affect your mental, emotional, and spiritual state of being. Change your actions and the behavior will follow. The following are exercises I have heard about:
Find a private and quiet place and really stretch yourself out. Make yourself as big as you can. Stand with your legs spread and hands rising high above your head (if possible for 2 minutes). The result: testosterone levels increase by 20% (scientifically proven), and cortisol levels drop.
If you are sitting… lean back with your hands at the back of your head and place your legs on a desk or other high object.
The most effective Power Poses are BIG ones, so make sure you stretch your body as much as possible when completing the exercises.
Tone down your postures when in public. You don’t want to dominate everyone. Professor Cuddy recommends;
Lifting your chin
Standing straight and tall
Resting your hands on the back of a chair
Using open hand gestures
The Power Posing Habit
Start thinking more about your body and displaying confidence as often as possible. Open up… take up more space. As a result, your hormone levels will re-configure and you will feel more confident.
Use these tools to help you become a better disciple-maker.
God bless you on your journey.