We let ourselves down by not honoring this.
How to create the physiology of "unpowerfulness"
How to create the physiology of power
But I don't feel like it!
Remember, it's not just for the moment
WE LET OURSELVES DOWN BY NOT HONORING THIS
If you were asked to imitate what the physiology (posture, etc.) of a powerful person or of a powerless person, you would know 90+% of what to do. Yet, we often let ourselves be in the undesirable physiology, which in turn lowers our state of resourcefulness. If we lower our state of resourcefulness, we are giving away are power to have aliveness, effectivenes, and happiness at that time - plus we program our brain to automatically go into that mode, simply be repetition. (See Rewiring The Brain, and, of course, the overall How The Brain Developed and How It Works.)
HOW TO CREATE THE PHYSIOLOGY OF "UNPOWERFULNESS"
Sit all slumped over, head down, chest caved in, staring at a tv, being passive.
Tired, low energy.
Eating high sugar foods and declining into a state of low sugar.
Not looking people in the eye, looking down.
Walking slowly, dragging one's feet.
This is pretty much the physiology of a depressed person - and anyone who is in that physiology does actually have some level of depression.
You get a bonus for speaking negative thoughts to yourself to further "depress" your operating system.
HOW TO CREATE THE PHYSIOLOGY OF POWER
Very centered physically (or slightly leaning forward in attentive listening or in an
Excellent posture, shoulders back, head up, chest slightly out, standing straight and
Relaxed face, often with a slight smile (a big one is fine also)
Strong voice, loudness appropriate to the situation.
Relaxed, breathing deeply.
Walk with certainty at a good pace.
Gesturing freely with powerful, definite movements.
Add what you intuitively know when you put yourself into the thinking, feeling, etc.,
of a powerful person.
You get a bonus for saying something really positive to yourself, such as affirmations or life statements, even using Tony Robbins - Yes 1 (physiology) and the warm up ("how to") for a minute. Exercise of any sort will reduce the negative state and increase the positive state, so that is necessary.
BUT I DON'T FEEL LIKE IT!
People who are in a low energy state often go to a default belief that if they don't feel like it, it would be better to not exert the energy (which they believe to be more than it actually is). [The primitive mind seeks in this state to further preserve energy, so it "depresses" your proactivity, in an automatic mechanism to assure survival in 'the caveman days'.) And, at the same time, they don't want to be in a lower energy state, as the mind automatically seeks to rebalance from that. The irony, then, is that they perpetuate the opposite of what is wanted.
The change process must begin somewhere, and even if it begins with one of the other state raising actions, changing one's physiology has a desired payoff - one that is worth far more than the minor amount of effort. Of course, it takes some maturity to trade off short term discomfort to get long term feeling good. You must decide while you are in a higher resourcefulness state as you can then access your higher brain to use rational thinking - and then you make a rule (write this down on your rules page in your Reminders Notebook) that "when I am in a lower state of energy, I will look to see if it is actually a physical problem that needs rest or simply a temporary state, in which case I will breathe deeply and assume the physiology of power, doing whatever actions generate power (such as movement)!"
REMEMBER, IT'S NOT JUST FOR THIS MOMENT
While we will feel better once we do the small amount of effort to switch physiology, there is an excellent long term benefit due to the rewiring of the brain for the long term, a little for each time we practice it - and this will become more automatic, which means it'll happen more often, with the benefits of extra energy, feeling good, thinking better, and being in a higher state of resourcefulness.