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Check Your Body Language

As a parent of two youngsters who love basketball, I really appreciate the video of Geno Auriemma at the 2016 Women’s NCAA Championship discussing the value he places on enthusiasm and body language. If you have not seen this video making its way around social media over the last few days, take a couple of minutes to watch. It is well worth your time!

Leo vs. Roman

Initially, as I watched I thought of Roman and Leo celebrating made shots like their favorite NBA stars: three fingers held up, shimmies and dabs are common in our house. But, the more I listened to Coach Auriemma, I couldn’t help but think about the impact of body language and enthusiasm off the court. If poor body language keeps All Americans off the court, does it keep us from reaching our potential, or living a fulfilling life?

Admittedly, I do not know the answer; I’m not a psychology major. But, through my observations, through nearly 12 years as a financial advisor, I have come to the conclusion those who maintain an optimistic outlook on life end up happier and more fulfilled than those who do not.

You can tell the optimistic from the pessimistic by their body language and enthusiasm about life, just like Coach A. describes. What does your body language suggest?

It’s not always the easiest to maintain an optimistic outlook, especially when life throws a curveball your way(which it will, many times), but if you’re looking to work on improving upon your mindset, allow me to suggest the following book. The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance and the Art of Living. by Ryan Holiday (Note: I am not an Amazon affiliate. I receive nothing if you decide to purchase the book. I’m just sharing a recommendation amongst friends).


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