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Mantras…really!

Author: Wendy J. English

The word “mantra” brings a picture to mind of a monk sitting in a lotus position, saying the same thing over and over. To our American minds, it seems a little crazy. I used to think it would be a waste of time, but lately I have changed my mind and I have seen how they can help in business and in life.

Mantras have been used for centuries and are taught even in our modern world. Did you memorize any songs as a child that still come to mind? How about the Pledge of Allegiance? Saying the pledge over and over helps us to remember how much we love our country. It evokes a feeling which drives us to take certain actions: pride in our country, the desire to preserve what we love, the desire to take care of our world.

Many people memorize and say quotes or scriptures over and over to comfort or give strength to them. These statements can give us hope, change our behavior and give us courage when needed.

We have many mantras we run in our head all of the time. My challenge to you is to pay attention to what you are saying to yourself over and over, and ask yourself if it’s helping you? If it’s harmful, memorize or pick a new thought to repeat throughout the day.

In the last few months I have found several quotes I say constantly. I was really surprised when my behavior started to change based on what I was saying over and over, aloud and just in my head. Give it a try. Feed your mind something useful and repeat it often. Then watch as good things start to happen!