Stand Up With Your Shoulders Back (My Favourite Jordan Peterson Rule)
Updated: Nov 11, 2019
Ahh, yes, standing up with your shoulders back. Not only is this good for your posture, but it also has a profound effect on your actual mood.
Jordan Peterson has caused a lot of controversy over the last couple of years, but that doesn't matter, because his rules can apply to everyone.
So, what is standing up straight with your shoulders back?
Other than what it literally sounds like, it has a deeper meaning.
Now, I won't be telling you how to live. I am giving you my take on this whole thing in the hopes that it will inspire you to take some action if you have not already. We live in a mixture of order and chaos, and it's our responsibility to find our purpose within this mixture.
Standing up with your shoulders back means facing challenges head on, but it also means being open to what you possibly haven't already become open to.
We tend to not like rules. Why would we? There seems to be so many of them. But without rules and some kind of order, we tend to putter about with our normal routines, which may not actually take us anywhere worthwhile.
Normal Doidge eloquently said...
"Without rules, we quickly become slaves to our passions-and there’s nothing freeing about that. The best rules do not ultimately restrict us but instead facilitate our goals and make for fuller, freer lives"
I have to mention, that this rule isn't something that was invented just recently. This has been around for thousands of years, and we have other people's wisdom to thank for that.
There have been millions before us, and history has taught us many lessons about going for what you deserve.
Standing up with your shoulders back means not being afraid to ruffle a few feathers, in a time where these feathers barely get ruffled.
I think there's a longing for each and every one of us to become something great, and this is whatever "great" means to us.
Far too many of us tend to settle for a routine, for a job, for a life that's not really meant for us. Far too many times, we end up becoming accustomed to a routine that doesn't promote any wellness whatsoever.
Rule # 1 is more than just a rule, it should be a way of being when you wake up everyday, when you are going about your day.
Peterson talks a lot about lobsters, but I won't get into that as much. The basic premises of that is, there's a dominance hierarchy, which is 100% true. That hierarchy becomes a dominating factor when it comes to how you are as an individual. Society is governed by hierarchy, and that's just the way it is. Body language also has a lot to do with this.
There's a great Tedx talk on body language, which I will link here. It's a great talk when it comes to reading your own body language, and interpreting other people's as well.
Standing up straight not only means physically standing up straight with your shoulders back, but it means you area ready to take on the responsibility of being, ready to take on the world in a way.
Your nervous system responds in such a different way, that you actually feel a chemical rush, especially if you keep that posture and mindset up for an extended amount of time.
We live in a time now, where you going forward as an individual may have that negative connotation attached to it. Maybe you're working too hard and come across as a mean person. I highly doubt that's the case. Just because you work hard, doesn't mean that you are neglecting others.
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