What is a Mantra and How Can it Help Me Reach My Goals?
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I recently did a training on vision boards, and while they’re a bit ‘out there’, I do find them extremely helpful in guiding my life and my business! In case you missed it, you can watch it here and download my free vision board template here. Funnily enough, I started using Mantras far before I had a vision board, and really before I truly understood the benefit of having them! Now that I know the power of vision boards, I do recommend that you create one to help you visualize your goals before you work on creating a mantra (or three).
What is a Mantra Anyway?!
Traditionally, a mantra is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration while meditating. Yes, I do meditate (or at least I try), but I promise this blog is not going to try to convince you or teach you about meditation! I created my first ‘mantras’ after realizing that I needed to work on re-training my brain to find more joy, and to encourage myself to reach for my goals. At the time, I hadn’t yet been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but I was dealing with back pain and going through some large changes in my life.
Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements you give your subconscious mind. And when those statements are the affirmations and images of your goals, you are destined to achieve them!Jack Canfield
A mantra can be very short. It can be one word such as “Breathe”. It can also be longer and contain specific information and affirmations depending on what you want to get out of the mantra. My first three mantras were ‘Choose Joy’, ‘Be the Change’ and ‘She Believed She Could So She Did’, and I still repeat them to myself frequently. Plus, I have each saying on on signs, sticky notes, and decor throughout my house (what can I say, I’m a visual learner and I need visual reminders too!).
How Can A Mantra Help me Hit My Goals?
Whether your goals are personal or business-related, mantra(s) can help to keep you focused and set your intentions. Too often we get caught up in the day to day running of our businesses (or our lives) and we simply forget what is actually important. Is your goal to focus more on your family and be present with them? Do you strive to give yourself more grace? To allow yourself to dream bigger and launch a new business? Do you believe in yourself? Are you trying to reduce your anxiety? No goal is too big or too small to be encouraged by a mantra.
Developing a mantra (or three lol!) will help you reach a goal that you have by focusing your thoughts and intentions each day. However, mantras don’t work if you don’t see them and repeat them to yourself!
Are you Struggling to Find a Goal or Mantra?
Try asking yourself a few questions about your life and business, and what you can do each day to achieve them.
- How do you feel about your life now?
- Do your thoughts tend to stay positive or do you find yourself putting yourself down and being negative?
- How do you envision your life one year from now? One week from now?
- What is something that you could do every day to make your goal happen?
- If you were speaking to your best friend about her goal, what would you say? Try speaking to yourself as you would a dear friend!
- If you find yourself thinking negatively, what would be a positive saying to counteract the negative ones?
A mantra is a positive affirmation that you will say every day until you start believing it and acting on it. Remember, you likely will not be able to follow your mantra every day, some days you might just not be quite as strong or up for the challenge as others, which is totally normal! One of my mantras is ‘Choose Joy’, but I certainly don’t find joy in every moment of my day. In fact, some days, I have a hard time finding much joy at all. The important thing is that I keep trying. You deserve to give yourself grace, and please do not beat yourself up for ‘straying’ from your mantra.
You are enough.
Do you have a mantra? I would love to hear what it is and how it’s helped you!