Have you ever felt like positive thinking could be the difference between your greatest success and your worst failure? Thank goodness for our sense of accomplishment and well-being that the lines between success and failure are usually separated by many shades of gray, or variations of success – like when you meet some goals, but not all of them.
Every time we reach out for something, it’s another opportunity to encourage ourselves or tear ourselves down. The difference lies in how you speak to your inner self, in the very words you choose to repeat over and over again as you work towards a goal.
Famed American psychologist and advocate of positive psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman says;
“The good life consists in deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power or goodness.”
Most of the time we can’t control instantaneous responses to our lives, that voice inside us just says whatever comes to mind at the moment. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s neutral, and sometimes it’s bad. We don’t always get to choose.
But, sometimes we can choose. By creating a mantra, one that touches on what Dr. Martin Seligman mentions and compels us to use our strengths every day, we are choosing to create a good voice.
You might think of a mantra as just a simple phrase or short message you create to use for a day or two or maybe even just one time. And, you’d be right. That’s usually how people use them. It’s kind of a while I’m thinking about it thing.
But, a mantra can be much more powerful than that if you create it to be universally applicable (to you) and use it every single day. Even if you add more timely or project-specific mantras, you should have one seriously uplifting message to carry you through each and every day. It can evolve over time and the words may be a little different each day, but the underlying message is the same.
By creating a positive mantra that speaks to the core of your being and reciting it every day, you’re taking back control of your thoughts and injecting some power and hopefulness into them.
It’s a life-changing exercise that literally anyone can do.
Follow these simple steps for creating a versatile and highly-personal message and start changing your life for the better right now!
#1 Believe that you are already successful
#2 Believe that you are fully capable
#3 Believe that you deserve good things
Now, take these core ideas and word them in a way that’s unique to you and your life experience. The point is to incorporate language that reflects that you; believe you are successful, believe you are capable (and nothing can hold you back), and that you believe you deserve good things coming into your life.
An example for me would be:
“Every day I get to experience the fruits of all my hard work and whenever I put my mind and heart into something, I am able to achieve it. All the good things in my life, I have earned, and more good things will come to me because I am worthy of a life of joy and fulfillment.”
A simple mantra like this doesn’t hinge on any one achievement or act. It isn’t particular to any day or any project and it doesn’t rely on anyone else. It’s all about me and it applies to my whole life. And, it hits on one of the most important parts of making something part of your spirit – active language that says I already believe all of these things, I already see and recognize them as being true.
I’d love to hear the everyday mantra you create using these three simple steps. If you’re up for it, please share your new mantra in the comments! <3
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