Last week I posted on Compete Every Day “Ringing in Resolutions.” In the post I encouraged people to set an intention or a mantra for the year – something that you can write, speak, repeat every day of the next year. However, after meeting with some friends for goal setting and coffee yesterday I discovered that not everyone knows what a “mantra” actually means. So, before I share with you my 2015 Mantra and before you go creating yours, perhaps we should learn what that word actually means.
MANTRA: a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating; a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone’s basic beliefs (Merriam-Webster.com).
A mantra to me is a simple way to bring your attention and focus back to what you really want in life, what you want to accomplish in that moment, in the next year, etc. A list of specific goals always helps, but a mantra is good because it’s just a word (or a few) that are easily repeatable and can help remind you of the goals/intentions you have set for the coming year.
“Rhythm, balance, and patience is what you need. You must have a calm mindset – and focus on feel rather than outcome. To stay in balance you have to control emotion.”RHYTHM, BALANCE, PATEINCE – this is my mantra for 2015 inspired by the book 7 Days in Utopia.
To me this means: Finding/Establishing my rhythm (trust that I know what it is), Seek Balance in all that I do, and Most of all, BE PATIENT…..
Rhythm: movement or procedure with uniform or patterned recurrence of a beat, accent, or the like.
Synonyms: flow, pulse, cadence
In yesterday’s message at Lake Hills I was reminded to “Use what I’ve got RIGHT NOW. I already have everything I need; I just need to go to work.” Focusing on what other people are doing, worrying about the things I don’t yet have, dwelling on the opportunities that I haven’t chased down only stall my progress in moving forward with my goals. “Just take the next step. Just do the next right thing.” That will be my cadence, my flow, my rhythm when I become overwhelmed. It can be yours as well. Chances are you, too already have everything you need. You don’t have to wait until you drop body fat, hit a new squat PR, buy a new home, get married, get a new job to be “legit” to win someone’s approval (you are already amazing!!!) – just take the next step, do the next right thing, keep moving forward – one foot in front of the other.
Balance: a state of equilibrium. mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.
Synonyms: poise, composure
I will seek to achieve balance in all that I do. To balance my workouts with recovery. Balance work with activities I enjoy (writing more, reading more, cooking). To follow every negative self-talk comment with two positives. Balance my hormones. To seek an equilibrium – To accept where I am at any point in time, in any given day knowing that “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”
Patience: an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence.
Synonyms: composure, stability
When people say, “Patience is a virtue” – they ain’t lyin. Trying to remain patient in any process does not sit well with control freaks! Especially when it deals with things and situations beyond our control. Out of all 3 words in this year’s mantra, PATIENCE may be the one I repeat more often than the other two. It’s really a hard concept for me to grasp. It’s within the waiting process, the struggles, the effort, the constant dedication that we build character, learn important lessons, and become more virtuous ;).
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” – Galatians 6:9.
RHYTHM – BALANCE – PATIENCE IN 2015.
What is your mantra? What word(s) will remind you of your goals, your intentions for the coming year? What phrase will keep you grounded when life becomes a whirlwind? I’d love to hear yours and help keep you accountable.