When the going gets tough, you need a mantra.

A mantra can be used for a multitude of purposes, one of which is meditation (next blog topic). This idea originates from Hindu or Buddhist meditation practices and is an expression or idea that is repeated, eventually without thinking about it. This is connected to something important to you. By repeating a thought or phase, it gains power and energy. Self-belief is a powerful tool and your mantra or mantras will help to develop your sense of strength, empowerment and self.

I've used several mantras over the years, but right now, mine is "Remember who you are". Thats a deeply personal mantra. Its my reminder that I was once a very serious competitor in my sport and that this time is coming again. All of the fire, the drive and the mindset that I need now are still inside of me. - Nicky

Your first task is to come up with your mantra. It should be short, personal and positive. Here are some examples:

  •  Create a life you can be proud of

  •  You are strong enough to take on anything

  •  Don’t give up. Great things take time.

  •  I am enough

  •  You have survived your worst days, you can survive this

  •  You are strong and you are worthy

I encourage you to come up with your own that will counteract your own patterns of negative behavior or thoughts. You’re going to use this mantra whenever you find yourself drifting into negative thoughts or an unhelpful mindset. You’ll switch to positive thinking with your mantra. This could be while you’re working out. You can use it to center yourself during meditation. You can use it when your family is driving you crazy. In addition to these times of stress, you should also start and end your day by repeating it. Before brushing your teeth, look in the mirror and repeat your mantra. Now let me know what you come up with and post it in the comments.

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