If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I’m a big fan of vision boards, in large part because they’re just plain fun to use, but also because they help me stay focused on my goals and plans. And one of the most prominent images on my personal vision board for 2013 is a phrase I’ve adopted as my personal mantra for the year.
What is a mantra?
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a mantra as “a mystical formula of invocation or incantation”, a definition I absolutely love, because it makes me think of all things magical. And to me, mantras really are something magical. It’s like having your own personal spell that you can whisper to yourself when times get rough, to remind yourself of your goals, and everything – all the hopes and dreams and work you’ve already put in – that lies behind those goals. And it gives you the strength to keep going; it re-inspires and reinvigorates you. Just like magic.
You’re probably familiar with the idea of a mantra, mostly in association with meditation. And the word probably conjures up pictures in your mind of people sitting around with their eyes closed, chanting “om”. But what I’m talking about today is more in the sense of a mantra as a personal catchphrase or motto; an affirmation that you can use as a compass point in your life.
My personal mantra
My personal mantra for the year is: “I can and I will. Watch me.”
It’s my reminder to ignore what other people think or say, and to stay true to what I feel inside. It’s the magic spell that I cast whenever I start to doubt myself, or wonder whether I can actually achieve my goals; the incantation I whisper when I feel I’m being judged , or become sad and afraid of what other people might think about my dreams; it’s my (not so) mystical formula for strength and perseverance.
It’s also my kick in the pants when I start slacking off.
As 2012 was winding down, I decided that 2013 was going to be my watershed year. I made a decision that, this year, I will achieve my goals, and I will look back on the year as a turning point… the year that everything changed.
This is the year that:
- I will no longer allow myself to put my dreams to the side for “someday”, because the problem with “someday” is that it all too frequently becomes “never”.
- I will no longer accept procrastination or excuses, and I will no longer allow fear to prevent me from making progress.
- I will push my comfort zone boundaries and stretch myself in new directions.
- I will learn something new every day.
- I will become unstoppable.
- I will follow my heart and accomplish amazing things.
- I will begin to live my dreams.
This is the year that I will be fierce.
I can, and I will.
Do you have a personal mantra, or a favourite quote or phrase that you use to keep yourself motivated? Please share it in the comment section below!