I am asked frequently at my retreats, what does is take to make it? Well, it takes a lot: hard work, grit, late nights, frustrating moments, times you want to quit..... it takes a lot to keep going right through all of that.  And I wish I could count on my family and friends to be there at all times for me, guiding me on but the cold hard fact is that the only person I can count on 100% of the time is me. That is why it’s so important to take care of my myself.

This is where my mantras comes in. A mantra is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. A personal mantra is an affirmation to motivate and inspire you to be your best self.

Some examples of mantras are:

I am present now.

I am strong, I am beautiful, I am enough.

I am the sky, everything else is just the weather.

Everything I need is within me.

You were born to be real, not to be perfect.

As part of my morning routine, I  chant my personal mantras to get the day started. When I do, I feel like I have my very own cheerleader whispering in my ear to keep me going on my journey. By putting a mantra in place, I’m able to encourage myself to keep going when the going gets tough. That’s why I encourage all of you to create your own based on your own needs.

One of my favorite mantras is “No means maybe”. (Because of the time we live in I must explain that in no way am I talking about a women saying no to a man in his advances and meaning NO.)

I am talking about not giving up and not taking no for an answer. When you are told you are not ready or not good enough to get what you want in your life, keep pushing long as you don’t violate anyone or anything doing it!

How many times were you told no as a child and then figured out another way?  Many, many children learned how to climb out of their cribs when they wanted something across the room bad enough. You become downright passionate and ingenious when giving up is not an option.

I recently heard a piece of dialogue from my new binge show obsession, “Ozark” that fits perfectly with this conversation,

Man - “He said no.”

Woman - “No he didn’t, No one drives 3 hours to say no. That’s a maybe”.

And the word “maybe” gives us hope for a yes.

So find a mantra, find two, find 10 that can remind you to keep going to fight the fight and follow your dream.

If you already have a favorite mantra, leave a comment below and let us know what it is!