The Power of a Mantra
Do you find yourself rewriting the same goals or New Years Resolutions year after year? If so, you are in great company, because today while I was having lunch with a friend, I shared with her a notebook that I have had for 4 years that is jam packed with brain dumps of my goals, business ideas, and other random things that I wanted to accomplish. As I flipped through the pages, I kept seeing the same goals over and over again, page after page, year after year...it was a sobering moment because I felt a bit like a failure because I didn't bring these goals, dreams, and business ideas to fruition. I allowed my fear to cause me to sabotage my efforts to accomplish what I set out to do.
Many people don't reach their goals because they fall victim to self sabotage because of fear.
We may be afraid of failure, rejection, judgment and some of us, may even be afraid of success. Whatever root you have when it comes to fear, know that it will eventually lead to inaction. At that point, we fall on procrastination and make excuses to justify our lack of action and we convince ourselves that we are not worthy enough to pursue and accomplish what we have set out to do. We put it on the back burner for the rest of the year with a promise that next year will be our year and we will try again.
The problem with this is that year after year of this cycle only reinforces our fears, our inaction, and our belief in our ability to accomplish our goals...which eventually you feel like a failure and one day give up on your goal completely.
One thing that has helped me to take action has been using a mantra. I know that this may seem very extreme, but don't knock it until you try it. While I'm a big fan of using affirmations and speaking things into existence, this is different. I use my mantra as a verbal cure to activate my brain to initiate action.
I developed my mantra after reading The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. In her book, she shares the science behind how the simple act of counting down backwards from 5 to 1 can activate the pre-frontal cortex in your brain and actually combat procrastination and inaction that can be caused by fear. My mantra is simple, I simply say "5, 4, 3, 2, 1...Go!" In that five seconds, I get mentally prepared to do what is necessary and it quiets the fear that hold me back. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it, because it really was a game changer and Robbins provides tons of science around why this is so effective.
The point is simple - fear leads to inaction and creating a mantra can help you to overcome the fear, procrastination, and self sabotage. You owe it to yourself to give it a try, so take some time and think about what mantra you can create that will help to take action and make your dreams and goals a reality this year!