A personal mantra is a positive phrase or affirmative statement that we say to ourselves - a statement or slogan repeated frequently.
This self-talk, especially with added sound, can help keep our focus strong.
The idea of Mantras seems to be originally connected to Hinduism and Buddhism, although we imagine that even earliest humans had communal sounds that created forward momentum…
There is some research to suggest that a word or sound repeated in this manner can work neurologically to create synaptic connections which calm and focus the mind.
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An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas…
CREATING YOUR MANTRA
Remember a sound, a tone of voice that was positive for you. Maybe a lullaby sound from a parent, or a hurrah from a coach or teacher.
Experiment with making that sound until you experience a positive reaction. Hints that it works would be a smile, a deep breath, a relaxation of muscles.
Now think about a goal you have. Put the goal into words. Maybe even write it down.
Now create a shorthand for that goal. Maybe 3 or 4 words that are your own code.
Now try adding the intonation or hum to your words. Does it remind you of your goal? Does it feel like a strong tap on the shoulder? If not tweak until it works.
This Mantra now belongs to you. It can keep changing as your goal shifts - always with the intention of supporting you through words and sound!