There is an popular expression in the world of startups “fake it till you make it”. You might not be there yet, but you have to believe first in order to get there.
One “trick” I learned from the world of personal development is that of having positive “mantras” or “affirmations”. You see we all live in our own reality, and if your version of reality is positive and productive than you will also be positive and productive in the “real world”.
The Sanskrit word mantra is made up of the root man “to think” and the suffix -tra meaning instruments, so a literal translation would be “instrument of thought”. Mantras have been used for many centuries to help people develop more positive mindsets in most religions through prayer for instance.
Having positive mantras enables you to live life the way you want and once in a while when you forget, you can repeat your chosen mantras. You will feel and have a positive impact by having these.
Here is a list of my own “mantra” that I have written out. I have these stored on my cell phone so that I can repeat them once in a while – ideally everyday and especially when things seem “challenging”:
- I can achieve anything I put my mind to.
- I can make anything happen.
- I am an awesome person that people love to be around.
- I have a great ability to speak, write and teach.
- I add value to my friends, family, employees and people that know me.
- Opportunities, wealth and people come naturally and easily to me.
- I am a naturally lucky person.
- I travel the world and have amazing experiences that continuously help me grow as a person.
- I am attractive to all women.
- I learn things easily.
- I make friends easily.
- I eat well naturally and exercise is a natural part of my routine.
- I am satisfied spiritually.
- I have a profitable corporation that has a huge impact on the community.
- My words change the world in a positive way.
- I am a global leader in terms of education, internet and wealth creation.
- I motivate people globally and help them find their purpose.
- I am a positive role model.
- My life is peaceful and enjoyable.
- I am with the woman of my dreams and love to be around her.
- I love my life.
- Everything happens for a positive reason.
- I create educational products, software and businesses that people love to use.
- I live a life of luxury.
- I am creative and am proactive in getting things done.
- I am organized and relaxed.
- I have a company that runs itself and continues to grow in profit and impact.
- I am in perfect heath.
- I have positive and healthy habits.
- I have a positive peer group.
- I am internally motivated constantly and consistently.
- The world is a better place because of me.
- People in my life are positive and successful.
- I am surrounded by family/friends/employees/partners that are positive role models for myself and others.
- I am happy and fulfilled.
Tips for writing mantras
1. Write out in the positive rather than negative. So instead of writing “I am not stressed”, I have written out “I am organized and relaxed”. This is because the mind does not work in negatives. So if I tell you “don’t think of a pink elephant” chances are that you are thinking of a pink elephant. So if you write “I am not a smoker”, chances are you are thinking about “smoking”. Write “I have healthy habits” or something else positive instead.
2. Write in the present. Instead of “I will someday be happy and fulfilled.”, I wrote “I am happy and fulfilled.”. If you are always thinking in the future, than it will always remain in the future.
3. Do it now. They say that the longer you wait before learning something and actually doing it, the less likely it is to happen. So if you take out a pen or use the “notes” of your cell phone to write out your mantras now, it is more likely to happen.
In an ideal world what would be true?
Let me know when this works for you, and if you got any others that I have missed write them in the comment below or let me so I can add them to my own list!