If you’re reading this, you’re human. Humans need other humans-to function in society,
If you’re reading this, you’re human. Humans need other humans-to function in society, at work, and to have personal relationships. And, humans want other people to like them. Experts say this can be done in as little as 90 seconds with a few simple body language tricks. Interested?
Here’s a quick description of a few simple body language techniques to make people like you in 90 seconds or less:
1 Flash your eyebrows. According to Psychology Today: “The eyebrow flash is a quick up and down movement of the eyebrows. As people approach one another they eyebrow flash each other to send the message that they do not pose a threat. Since eyebrow flashes can be seen at a distance, people typically eyebrow flash as they approach others.”
2 Tilt your head. Another subtle body expression that signals you do not pose a threat is a head tilt. Psychology Today explains this is probably because tilting your head exposes the carotid artery in your neck which is the primary source of blood to your brain. Exposing this shows you are vulnerable and open.
3 But, wait until you make contact with someone to smile, says Business Insider. This shows you don’t just walk around smiling at everyone which makes your smile more meaningful to the recipient.
4 Make eye contact. Keeping eye contact with someone while you speak lets them know you think they are interesting and what they are saying is important. When you don’t make eye contact, it can indicate you’re untrustworthy or uninterested, and you don’t want that.
5 Stop fidgeting. When engaged in conversation, refrain from unnecessary movements. Experts say fidgeting is interpreted as nervousness and can also indicate you are lying. Common forms of fidgeting, according to com, include: twisting your hands; playing with your hair or clothing; tapping a pen or drumming on the table.
Make it a way of life to show each person you meet the same amount of respect with your words and with your actions. What isn’t said can have a larger influence on your relationships that was is said. As American poet Maya Angelou said:
Ah, the excitement of opening your own business. It’s one of the most powerful ways to take control of your own life.
Ah, the excitement of opening your own business. It’s one of the most powerful ways to take control of your own life. Maybe that’s why you did it. But, what happens when your business routine becomes mundane and your interest-level drops? This could mean the beginning of the end for your business.
Here are some tips to reignite the exhilaration for your business:
1 Reflect on the passion that led you to open your business in the first place. Is it still your passion? Are your company goals still aligned with your company mission? If not, re-define and/or align and hit the ground running again.
2 Expand your company’s horizons. When your company is continually evolving, it is difficult to be bored. Find a complimentary service or product that can add value to your customers and introduce it.
3 Design fun into the daily work routine. Team activities and adventures will inspire your team, who will serve customers better, and, as a result, business may increase. Positive energy will breed more positivity and produce enthusiasm.
4 Start each day with positive challenges. Ask yourself: What will I accomplish today? Make a goal, determine a purpose, and do it!
5 Examine your environment. If it has not changed since you opened your business, it may be time to mix it up! Re-arranging furniture, switching offices, or adding a fresh coat of paint can freshen your perspective.
Finally, take a step back. See how far you’ve come. Not every day can be a grand opening day. Be grateful for the experiences you’ve had-both the good and the bad. Gratitude can make it much easier to be appreciative of even the most tedious tasks and the most uneventful days.
If you see life through Lens A, you are living your life in a reactive way. This means waiting for something to happen
Lens A: I have no power to create my own life experiences. I am a victim of circumstances and other people, unable to influence or change the situations I experience in life.
Lens B: I have the power to create my own life experiences! All it takes is personal accountability and strategic action.
If you see life through Lens A, you are living your life in a reactive way. This means waiting for something to happen to you or around you, then blaming others for what happened or didn’t happen without taking any personal responsibility for the situation. This mentality includes language such as: “he made me so mad that I had to…,” or “she made me feel bad about myself,” or “I didn’t have a choice.”
If you see your life through Lens B, you are living your life in a proactive way. This means setting goals and taking action towards achieving them. It means creating opportunities, not waiting for them to come to you. It means having imagination and creativity to explore possibilities that align with your personal principles. It means taking conscious control of your life and understanding that you always have a choice. Because you do. We all do.
Here are some tips to live a proactive life:
1 Change your language. Instead of saying “if this were different, my life would be better,” or “if that person would do/would not do something, my life would be better,” say what you will change or do to meet your goals or achieve your desired results.
2 Seek support. You do not have to go through this journey, or any of life’s journeys, alone. Find someone who is aligned with your values and who is a positive influence towards your goals or desires. They’re out there-but they will not just come knocking on your front door. You must make a choice to reach out!
3 Never deny that you have choices. Choice is the greatest gift humans get in life. Not making a choice is a choice itself. And, the only person you can blame for the outcome is yourself.
Creating your own life experiences is choosing freedom and happiness. But, it’s your choice.