Happy Manifest Monday! ? The day we focus our thoughts and energy on our desires towards a greater life. Focus…focus…you are your best “thought police.” ? Stop thinking about things that don’t push you positively forward. Focus…focus…on your best life. ? All being well, you feeling great, being great and available as your best self in every moment. Manifest. ?
Over the last month, we’ve reviewed ways to prepare for the new year 2016. I’ve asked you to write your goals by life areas (faith, fitness, career, family, etc) and create a vision board. Now I want you to pick a mantra for your year ahead, your 2016. Either use a word or a short phrase, but not longer than that. ? Maybe it’s a jingle from a commercial you like or a title from one of your favorite songs. Either way, it has to get you pumped and motivated to the next level.
Some examples I’ve used in the past are “Just Do It” from our good friends at Nike, for the year I needed to go out into the world and just say “yes” to opportunities that arose. By selecting this mantra, I focused my intentions and stayed committed to what I needed to do that year: start a blog, apply for a fitness instructor training program, etc. Another year, I selected the mantra “Amaze Me.” I chose this mantra because it helped me to set great expectations for my life that year and believe that I can truly be amazed by the unfolding of life.
The word “mantra” comes from Hinduism and Buddhism meaning a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. According to Healing Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand, the etymology of the word “mantra” comes from two Sanskrit words: “Manas,” which means mind, and “trai,” which means to “free from.” Therefore, mantra, in the literal sense, means “to free from the mind.” These origins alone should suggest the power of mantras. There is definitely a lot more I can say about meditation and its power, but for the purposes of this post, we are going to save that for another time.
Another definition for mantra, and maybe more commonly used in everyday life, is as a statement or slogan repeated often such as a personal motto. Regardless of the which version rings truer for you, to select a mantra and repeat it throughout your life, will create a change in your mental consciousness. You will set an intention to create change in your life. You will commit to a direction or way you want to live and stick to it. You will start to define new mental grooves in your brain and build your mental muscle for a greater life. It all starts with a thought and the mantra should represent that thought and affirm your greater life.
After you decide on your mantra for 2016, I want you to write it down. Preferably, writing the mantra on your vision board would be ideal. Additionally, you can change your passwords for email, online accounts, etc. to this mantra, that way you will consider your personal motto often. Or you can write it on a post-it and put in up on your bathroom mirror at home and computer monitor at work. But make sure you see it somewhere and often.
Then, watch it work. This private slogan will be your internal landmark in the upcoming year. When things arise or you find yourself at a crossroads, just consider your mantra and make sure it’s aligned with your everyday life and decision-making.
I’d love to hear what you choose as your mantra for 2016. Comment below!
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