As individual concepts, posture, swagger, and respect are distinct and unique. But when combined, they tell the story of you to everyone you meet. Is it a fantastic story or not so much.
POSTURE –is the mechanics of how you hold your body when you are standing or sitting. The benefits of good posture are multiple and lifelong including preventing spinal deformation, breathing problems, poor circulation, nerve pain, heartburn, slow digestion, constipation, incontinence, and many more. (1)
Please see our BLUERISA video series on posture to see how you can have good posture. HYPERLINK
SWAGGER - A Verb: 'a very confident and typically respectful gait or manner.' If a picture paints a thousand words, your swagger, the way you hold yourself and move, is that picture. Your swagger is that first impression. Your swagger is an attitude; it is self-awareness. Your confident swagger leads to and commands respect. You feel more robust, more attractive, happier, secure.
John Wayne had SWAGGER, perhaps a bit more than you may decide is of value to you in everyday life, but people knew when he entered a room (or saloon). Here is one of my favorite John Wayne Swagger Videos. Please take a look. You can also get an excellent example of posture in video four of my intro to posture series.
Swagger is not the same for everyone. We all have different body types, different health concerns, and different influences on our lives. But we can all have swagger. And posture and swagger are intimately linked. Plus, you do both all the time. You just have to make sure that how you hold yourself and present yourself is the person you want people to see.
RESPECT - According to INC Magazine:
"Respect is something everyone (and not just Aretha Franklin) craves. After all, it's human nature to want to be viewed as intelligent and accomplished. But most of us don't want to demand that high opinion in a way that's aggressive and authoritative. (2) We struggle with commanding respect from others. To take our respectful place within our community, work, family, and social circle, we need to portray who we are, what we are about, purpose in life, and confidence. (2)
Good posture and a confident personal swagger is the first step toward creating that respect.
So as INC says, remember your body language; your nonverbal cues say more than the words coming out of your mouth.
"Be firm with your handshakes. Make eye contact. Ensure your gestures are made away from your body, rather than making nearly unnoticeable movements toward yourself. They're all marks of a confident person--someone who deserves respect and admiration.” (3)
1) Staff writers, 3 Surprising risks of poor posture, Harvard Health Publishing, February 2021.