I know that the word Mantra sounds that kind of new age scary that often sends people running far far away, but this age-old phrase can provide power and positivity into the modern life just as easily as any other kind of positive self-talk can.
What is a Mantra & Don’t I Have To Be A Yogi/ Spiritual Guru to Use It?
Mantra, by definition, is “an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism”. It can be something as simple as “Less is more” or “Bigger is better”. Heck a modern mantra that you can use can even be a song lyric like “Baby I was born this way!” Fight songs make amazing mantras.
Not nearly as mystical (Religious, new age-y or hooky) as it sounds right? But it is powerful. Self-talk and how we view the world (through a positive or negative lens) can change the way that we handle a situation. Do we keep going with a smile on our face because of that’s the only way to the end of the tunnel? Or do we trudge through hell trying to scowl as hard as we can and hate every moment of it? We often hear about positive and negative self-talk these days and mantras can go a long way into daily life as well as other activities. I often use mantras in my distance running to get me through tough spots.
Times to use Mantras
Really any time that you’re working on something, stressed, trying to refocus yourself is a good time to tap into a Mantra. Here are some examples:
- In the middle of a hard work out
- When you are about to have a panic attack
- When you feel like something is unobtainable
- When you feel like you’re losing focus
- During Mediation
- During Yoga
- When you want to remind yourself of your overall goals
- To help with pain
- Before you go to bed
- Before a big meeting (Or little meeting)
Really any situation is a good time to use a mantra! Here are some tips for creating a mantra:
Keep it Simple: Make sure that this is something that you can say to yourself in a pinch. Sometimes for workouts going simple is better as tense situations aren’t always the best time for deep reflection.
Use Present Tense: Stay in the now and bring yourself back to the present when you are using your mantra to bring you back to the present moment and out of anxiety.
Use Power Words: Establish and emotional connection with power words that you identify with:
Power Words to Put In Your Mantra:
Fun Popular Mantras I Like
My Goal is greater than my struggle.
This is what I am and this is what I do.
Baby I was born this way.
I offer up this pain, this sweat, these toenails and this suffering to the universe in sacraific to my ultimate goal.
A negative mind will never get you a positive life.
Eaching morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
Dont give up what you want most for what you want now.
Put some lipstick on and bare those teeth.
Good things come to those who work their asses off.
Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can take the place of an experience.
Discipline is knowing what needs to be done and doing it.
I am fearless.
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