If it’s true that you are what you eat then it’s also true that you are what you believe.
Your beliefs have a huge amount of power over your life. Why? Because your beliefs feed your mind and soul. They are the core of who you truly are. The problem is, sometimes they may not be influencing you in a positive way…
It can be difficult to always have positive beliefs about yourself and your life – and that’s where the power of mantras come in!
So what is a mantra?
A mantra is concept that has its roots in Hinduism and Buddhism. It’s made up of a short phrase that’s meant to be repeated in your mind as a way to alter your state of consciousness.
Now, the type of mantra I’m talking about today isn’t necessarily going to change your state of consciousness, but it IS going to change the pattern of your thoughts.
A mantra is often quite short – it can even sometimes just be one word (think “ohm”). However, there are longer mantras too. The longer ones tend to contain more specific information and positive affirmations about reaching a certain goal. These will be the focus of this blog post.
This goal can be absolutely anything – whether it’s just being happier, being less anxious, releasing anger, exercising more, being more focused, eating healthier – you name it!
It will be an affirmation that outlines your INTENTIONS that you will repeat to yourself EVERY DAY until you start TRULY believing it.
Here are some steps to help you to create a mantra of your own.
1) Start by writing out your goal
What would you would like to achieve? What would help you live a happier life? Remember – your goal can be as simple as wanting to be calmer or having more peace of mind.
If you have a lot of goals, don’t worry: include them all. It’s totally fine (and encouraged!) to have a longer mantra!
QUICK TIP: you’ll have to do some deep digging within yourself to really assess what your true goals are in life. If you want some help determining goals that align with your true self, check out this article.
2) Write positive affirmations
Now that you have your goal written down, it’s time to start imagining the person you’ll be once you reach those goals.
This is going to take some creative visualization. Try this: imagine how you would feel if you reached your goal, and what positive differences it would bring into your life.
This is an important step because a key part of positive thinking is to make your mind believe that you have already reached your goals. When you visualize yourself reaching your goal, you start making your brain believe that you already have!
Here are some questions to get you started with this step:
- How do you feel when you reached your goal?
- How does your body feel?
- What do you look like now?
- Who are you surrounding yourself with? How do you treat them and how do they treat you?
- What is your career like now? How do you feel when you are working?
Based on these questions, here are some potential answers that would become your affirmations. For this example, let’s pretend my goal is to be less angry.
“I feel happy and relaxed. I do not feel like I am harbouring any guilt/anguish/resentment. My body feels relaxed. My face is happy and relaxed. I am surrounded by people I love. Our interactions are agreeable and loving. I am happier at work now and can easily let things go when troubles arise.”
These questions can also apply to a goal such as eating healthier. For example:
“I feel energetic and liberated. Food does not control me and I feel motivated to exercise. I feel light and agile. I look toned and athletic and I love my body. My friends have noticed and they are congratulating me for all my hard work. I even have more energy in my day to day life, and my work habits have even improved and I am more productive.”
The aim here is to paint a vivid picture of how amazing your life would be once you’ve made this positive change.
3) Outline your action plan
Now you’re clear on what you goal is as well as how it will make you feel, it’s time to now think about the actionable steps you need to do take in order to reach your goal.
Try thinking about five things you could do today that would help you reach this goal. For example, if my goal was to think more positively, my five things would be:
- Today I’m going to be grateful for what I have
- Today I’m not going to dwell on things I can’t control
- Today I’m going to look on the positive side
- When something bad happens today, I’m not going to get ang
- My negative thoughts are not real and I will therefore not listen to them today
You can even go one step further and say these things to yourself as if you do them already – so just change everything to the present tense. Remember, the trick is to “fool” your brain! If you say these things as if you are already doing them, your brain will start believing that really already have (and therefore you will do them!).
4) Don’t forget self love and self acceptance
The last part of your mantra is all be about self love and self acceptance. The truth is, you may not be able to follow your mantra every day. Some days it’s just too difficult. Some days you may just not feel up to the challenge. This is totally fine.
You need to go easy on yourself.
At the end of your mantra, remind yourself that you are loved, you are worthy of love, you are doing the best you can, and you are worthy of reaching your goals.
Most importantly, remind yourself that even if you have setbacks, you’re still a great human being and you can still achieve those goals.
Self-love and self-acceptance are probably two of the most important qualities we can have. That’s why in my Anxiety Course, I’ve dedicated an entire section to exploring how these two elements play a role in our overall mental health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can add these two super essential and super fantastic qualities into your life, then head on over to my website and check out my Design Your Anxiety-Free Life Course!
Okay, now that you know all 4 steps, you need to start PRACTICING
If you want to turn your mantra into a habit, you need to practice it every day (or as much as you can). Write it down on paper, in your phone, or set alarms for yourself to say it. My best advice to you is to add it into your morning routine so that you have your intention set at the very start of your day!