Social psychologist Amy Cuddy profers something profound about shaping self-character.
She declares that "Our bodies change our minds . . . and our
minds change our behavior . . . and our behavior changes our outcomes."
Thus, body language - that is, the way we each use and carry
our body - can literally and ultimately change what we accomplish - and even transform who
Cuddy suggests that we try "power posing" for at least two
minutes before any consequential performance where we challenge ourselves such as job
interviews or sports matches.
What's a "power pose"? Expanding and projecting with your
body, arms, legs and face.
Think Superman or Wonder Woman pose.
And what if you still can't muster yourself up?
Cuddy's solution. "Fake it, 'till you become it."
Can this thinking work in tennis?
Coach Brian Hall of TennisMindCamp.com thinks so.
Remember that 80% of a tennis match is BETWEEN POINTS!
Hall proposes five (5) simple body language techniques for any
player level to build confidence, project power and ultimately even alter your self-image.
1. Eye contact - show a fearless look
2. Stay level headed - "Keep Ya Head Up" as the late
Tupac Shakur said
3. Smile - Relax your face and release stress
4. Walk the walk - Move precisely and crisply on court
5. Professional posture - Shoulders back and body upright, and
In short, become what your body projects.
Credit: Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy
& Tennis Coach Brian Hall