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Sit up straight for success

A small change in posture can make you more confident Chitra Jha Reports

education Updated: Nov 11, 2009 09:29 IST
Chitra Jha

Our body language speaks a lot about us. It is directly related to our confidence level and state of mind at any given time. Today, we will discuss the advantages of sitting up straight. Yes, just sitting up straight in your chair can do wonders not just for your posture but also for your confidence level. Try it now. Just straighten your back. There you are. Is it making you feel better?

It has been observed that when people sit up straight, they tend to believe in themselves and their thought process. People who sit up straight during an interview are more likely to ‘believe’ that they are qualified for that job.

Try this little experiment. Write down some positive things about yourself with your back straight, and then write some more while slouching over your desk. Do you notice the difference your posture makes? You are more likely to accept and believe in those positive attributes if your back is straight.

When others look at us sitting upright, they get a positive impression. The best part is that when our backs are straight, even we feel good about ourselves. Isn’t that a great ‘pick-me-up’ tool? Any time you start doubting your capabilities, just straighten your back. Nothing could be simpler than that! Your posture will convince you that you are good at whatever you are doing in that moment.

Remember, your mind is affected by your posture, even though you may not realise it at that time. So, to become a positive thinker, you have to pay attention to your posture.

Another great tip of the day is to nod your head up and down, as in a ‘yes’, when you are doing some serious study/ thinking/ contemplation. This gesture makes you confident about your thought process as opposed to the gesture of shaking your head from side to side, as in a ‘no’. Even this small gesture sends powerful signals to your subconscious mind.

Try nodding (imperceptibly, so that it doesn’t look odd) while listening to a lecture or presentation — you will end up absorbing more than you otherwise would have done. This is a good tool to use in classroom learning!

It is easy to train yourself to sit up straight and nod when engaged in some mental activity. Try these two tricks while answering multiple choice questions! Your first ‘choice’ will very likely be right! In any case, you will always do better in an exam if you sit up straight.

If a straight-backed posture does not come naturally to you, mentally keep an eye on how you sit at any given point of time. Whenever you find yourself stooping, say to yourself, “Sit up straight now.” Soon, the habit will become second nature.

The author is a life skills coach, time-line therapist, and new consciousness writer. Contact: