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Creating a personal mantra

YBY Day 4 Creating a mantra

There are going to be tough days. Hello. If I’m any good at guessing you’re probably having one about now.

In my experience, I’ve learned the first ten days of anything are the hardest. It’s the time when we’re breaking old habits and making new ones, challenging all the things we’ve thought about ourselves and what we can do. We’re giving up some of the things we loved but weren’t right for us, and doing some things we don’t yet love but are great for us! Right now our minds aren’t thrilled about this, but they will be. Hang in there!

Creating a personal mantra can really help push you through tough days. Personal mantras are huge for me. I’m a little embarrassed to share this one because it’s corny, but I will. When I’m running and struggling to put one foot in front of the other I tell myself over and over again: I am strong, I am sexy, I am changing my body. The times when it hurts – and I don’t mean hurts like bone breaking hurt but muscle aching oh my God I can’t go on hurt – that is when our fat is shrinking, our muscle is growing and our mind and willpower are expanding. Believe me, I don’t actually believe my mantra when I’m saying it! But I want to! THAT is what makes me keep going when I don’t feel like I can.

Struggle is a necessary part of the process to finding our strength.

Find the words that help you feel strong. The words, phrases, or silly key ideas that make you commit that yes, you can do this and yes, you will do this! No matter how much it hurts or how convincing your brain is in trying to get you to quit.

Here are some of the most famous mantras to help you get started:

  1. Take the first step. Every journey begins with a single step.
  2. Fight your fear. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
  3. Run your race. No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everybody on the couch.
  4. Success is a decision you make. Often we are our own worst enemies, and we’ve got to learn to get out of our own way.
  5. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
  6. Success is the best revenge. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.
  7. A year from now you will wish that you started today. Start where you are. Do what you can.
  8. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. Don’t despise small beginnings.

Objective: Start developing your own personal mantra to use when the miles get tough. When you want to give up, give in or back out on your goal or this challenge remind yourself why you’re here. Remember why you started! The time will pass anyway, do something productive with it. So much of this journey to health and getting our bodies to move is held in that small space between our ears: the battlefield of the mind. Finding inspiration that tricks or encourages your mind to push through is vital to long-term success.

Assess: How does your mantra make you feel? Does it inspire and encourage you or is it just not working? Change it up, figure out what makes you dig in and find the strength to continue. Find your strong! The mind is your first battlefield.

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