Why Mantra’s Are So Effective


 

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It’s a New Year!  I love the process of reflecting, and thinking about the future.  I also love the energy that is behind a fresh start.

It’s a time to write resolutions or even better a mantra. A mantra is a word or phrase that we repeat over and over to ourselves.

Mantras can be so effective in helping you reach your goals, because, they help you align your daily choices with what you want to accomplish, and ultimately who you want to become.

For example if you have the goal to stop yelling at your kids, your mantra could be to “choose love”.  Every time you feel like you are going to lose it, repeat to yourself “choose love”.

See how effective they can be when paired with a goal.  Mantras can also help you overcome self limiting beliefs, that can keep you from reaching your goals.

 

 

I can be grateful no matter what

 

OUR FAMILY MANTRA

I am still working on a personal mantra or word for the year (I’ll let you know what I come up with), but we have a family mantra in place, it is: “I can be grateful, no matter what”.

This mantra has made such an impact on my attitude and actions.

Just the other day it turned my whole day around.  It was one of those days.  You know the days that seem like the kids are at each other, the piles of laundry are going to take over your house, and even though you have been running all day it feels like you haven’t accomplished a thing?!

Anything but thoughts of gratitude were running through my head, and then suddenly our family mantra came to my mind, “I can be grateful, no matter what”.

I decided to change my attitude by going on what I now call a “gratitude run”, realizing you can’t be grateful, annoyed, overwhelmed, or stressed at the same time.  As soon as Scotty got home from work, I told him I needed 30 minutes, and off I went.  The whole run I thought of all the things I had to be grateful for.  I called it my gratitude run.  It completely shifted my mood and energy.  

Just the act of shifting my focus completely changed my energy and mood.  I was reminded of all the good that was in front of me.

I decided I wanted the kids to have that same shift.  So we loaded everyone up in the car and went on a gratitude drive to get ice cream.  The whole way there we went around and said what we were grateful for.

This is just one tiny example of how a mantra can be SO effective.  Your mantra will help you make choices that are in line with the mom/wife/person you want to become.

I challenge you to sit down and pick a word or phrase for the year.

Then please tell me what it is!  I love hearing from you.  It inspires me and gives me ideas on how I can be better mom/wife/person.

 

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4 Responses to Why Mantra’s Are So Effective

  1. Kristina says:

    Ephesians 4:29
    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

    Stop. Breathe. Speak in love.

  2. cara says:

    My word for 2017 is NOURISH. Time to nourish Me, my family, and those around me with wholesome food and restorative exercise, reflection, and meaningful activities. Choose nourishing over busy, over processed, over expectations that don’t align with nourishing both body and soul.

    • Desi says:

      Cara! Nourish-what a great word. So many things come to mind when I think of nourish. Nourishing ourselves emotionally, physically, and spiritually is one of the most important things we can do to be great moms.

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