March 22, 2011

The Power of Mantras and Daily Affirmations

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Daily AffirmationImage Credit: Sema

Do you talk to yourself? I do. It’s a sign of genius. I read that somewhere, so it’s true! When I think about this I’m always taken back to the Stuart Smalley daily affirmation skits from Saturday Night Live. They were so cheesy. Sure, they were meant to be a bit over the top, but a part of me connected with that need to reaffirm to myself that I was a pretty cool girl.

Today, many self help books and life coaches use something similar. They’re used to help you focus your attention on something meaningful and positive. These mantras, or daily affirmations, are a way to center ourselves and brush away thoughts that are limiting us. They are a way to remind us that we are not what others say, especially when those are negative thoughts.

It reminds me of when I was a kid and I would be unhappy with how I looked. My mom would always tell me I was beautiful. Sure many times I’d discount it on the grounds that moms have to tell  you you’re beautiful. But she would always make me repeat it out loud to her.

It may seem odd to some, but truly believe in the power of these mantras and daily affirmations. I always think that if I was on a show like The Amazing Race and had to eat reindeer eyeballs I could just psyche myself out by repeating one of these mantras to myself. Then again, maybe that’s why Dory from Finding Nemo is my favorite character in that movie. Besides that she was a very positive fish, when things started to seem difficult she just kept repeating “just keep swimming, just keep swimming”.

I have all kinds of little sayings and mantras I tell myself. Sure they may be hokey and weird, but as long as I believe they will work they’ll work. It’s not always easy to remind myself of these, especially when my mind wants to wander to the dark side of the moon.

At the end of the day though, I’m thankful to have been give every experience I had. Because each will make me work harder to be the best me I can be. But at the beginning of the day, I get to set the tone. I get to choose.

So join me each morning in saying whatever it is that gets you motivated and pumped for the day! And end each night with a look back on how truly amazing the day was. Not because of this, that or the other thing. But truly amazing because we got to be part of it.

Sara

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