How to define your 2021 Mantra

December 30, 2020

I’ve never been a big fan of resolutions. Usually I can stick to them for a few weeks, but without a dedicated plan, I tend to fall back into my normal habits.

One thing that works for me though is establishing a personal mantra.

Derived from the Hindu tradition, a mantra is a powerful phrase used to transform your mind. It’s a tiny meditation that resets your mood and keeps you inspired despite your current circumstances.

I know. A little woo woo.

But it genuinely helps you clear out the noise and clutter in your brain and focus your intention on a simple phrase that energizes you.

My recommendation is to say it multiple times in the mirror while you’re getting ready. But also to come back to it any time during the day when you feel a little uneasy.

Every year, I develop a new mantra to ground myself.

For example, in 2008 I focused on the phrase: “You belong here.”

Fresh out of college and in a new job in advertising, I was still defining my voice as a graphic designer. When doubts and imposter syndrome would creep in, I would repeat this mantra to remind me of the value that I brought to the company.

With continued repetition, the phrase became second nature. Eventually, I believed it.

And over the course of many months, I stopped beating myself up when I made mistakes and instead found the confidence to speak up for myself and win opportunities for career growth.

That’s the power of mantras. They replace negative thoughts with a meaningful moment of self love.

Today's journaling prompt:

Spend some quiet time reflecting on what makes you feel the most confident and self-assured. Translate that idea into a mantra that you repeat when you wake up and before you go to bed.

Here are a few examples to kickstart your brainstorm:

I belong here.

I am worthy of love.

I invest time and energy into myself.

I pause and think when I’m stressed.

I am designed to do great things in this world.

I will remain calm and power through.

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How to define your 2021 Mantra

December 30, 2020

I’ve never been a big fan of resolutions. Usually I can stick to them for a few weeks, but without a dedicated plan, I tend to fall back into my normal habits.

One thing that works for me though is establishing a personal mantra.

Derived from the Hindu tradition, a mantra is a powerful phrase used to transform your mind. It’s a tiny meditation that resets your mood and keeps you inspired despite your current circumstances.

I know. A little woo woo.

But it genuinely helps you clear out the noise and clutter in your brain and focus your intention on a simple phrase that energizes you.

My recommendation is to say it multiple times in the mirror while you’re getting ready. But also to come back to it any time during the day when you feel a little uneasy.

Every year, I develop a new mantra to ground myself.

For example, in 2008 I focused on the phrase: “You belong here.”

Fresh out of college and in a new job in advertising, I was still defining my voice as a graphic designer. When doubts and imposter syndrome would creep in, I would repeat this mantra to remind me of the value that I brought to the company.

With continued repetition, the phrase became second nature. Eventually, I believed it.

And over the course of many months, I stopped beating myself up when I made mistakes and instead found the confidence to speak up for myself and win opportunities for career growth.

That’s the power of mantras. They replace negative thoughts with a meaningful moment of self love.

Today's journaling prompt:

Spend some quiet time reflecting on what makes you feel the most confident and self-assured. Translate that idea into a mantra that you repeat when you wake up and before you go to bed.

Here are a few examples to kickstart your brainstorm:

I belong here.

I am worthy of love.

I invest time and energy into myself.

I pause and think when I’m stressed.

I am designed to do great things in this world.

I will remain calm and power through.

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