That voice inside your head is powerful – it can have  a huge impact on your life – who you are and what you do. 

Bring awareness to your self-talk and consider using the power of mantra to make positive change. A mantra is a sound, word or series of words spoken aloud or silently that can be thought of as a seed for energizing an intention.

Personally, I use mantra most days, in the form of either a word or phrase specific to my life at the time.  Some personal examples:

  • “Intention”: I use this to increase awareness that everything is a decision, and I choose to make intentional decisions vs reactions.
  • “I make the time” – I use this when I have a lot on my plate  to remind myself that “I didn’t have time” is very rarely valid – I choose to make the time for what is important.
  • “My goals are important”  – a reminder again to do what I know I need to do to be successful in the goals I’ve set.

So give it a try – you can google ‘mantras’ for tons of examples or try one of mine, and there’s no set schedule.  Yogis may use mala beads for meditation on mantra or chanting, but I find it works just as well for me to simply remind myself of my intention throughout the day, and then reflect on how that mantra served me as I wind down for the day.

Mindset Matters

The key to  making positive changes and staying motivated is to get crystal clear on what you want and why you want it.

The more powerful your why, the easier to work toward the what.

5 Ways to Stay Mindful:

Be Present – do one thing at a time.  If you’re working out, don’t worry about what’s for dinner…stay focused on the task at hand.

Reframe how you view exercise.  It is a privilege to be able to exercise, not a punishment.  Don’t take for granted the ability to move your body.

Focus on the positives. Be proud of and celebrate every change or bit of progress.

Record. Keep a log of your workouts, meals, how you’re feeling. The act of writing down what you did, good or not-so-good, forces you to reflect on how you feel about what you did.

Know your triggers. Be aware of experiences that can trigger a negative reaction – and have alternate intentional actions ready to replace them.  If you reward yourself after a stressful task at work with a trip to the communal candy dish, have a sparkling water while you go for a quick walk outside instead. If you head straight for the pantry & eat chips out of the bag as soon as you get home, immediately change clothes & take the dog for a walk while you have a glass of lemon water.

And as with everything – work for progress, not perfection – it takes time to change your mindset, but you’ll find that it is more than worth the effort!