Though they’re not magical, mantras can be an important tool in motivating ourselves and finding that confidence to go out and get what we want. Posting one or two of these above your desk and keeping them in the back of your mind can help give you that extra push when you need it!
1. Dan Millman: Slipping backward? You may be backing up to get a running start
Even if you find yourself being pulled backward, it’s just a minor setback that’s preparing you for a huge leap! Don’t get discouraged by a small step back. Instead, keep working hard and prepare for your opportunity to shine!
2. Maya Angelou: If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be
Especially when we’re young, we’re always trying to fit in and be ‘normal’, but you need to learn to embrace what makes you different and play it to your strengths!
3. Lucille Ball: Love yourself first and everything else falls into line
Be true to yourself and not trying to be someone else, loving yourself will lead to higher self-confidence, and being more comfortable with yourself! Once you love yourself, others will be more drawn to you both personally and professionally.
4. Julie Andrews: Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth
Even if it seems like you’re hitting brick walls time after time, it only takes that one success to pull yourself up! Keep on going and don’t let your past failures dictate your future!
5. Vince Lombardi: Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence
As much as we all try, no one will ever be perfect. However, if we strive for perfection, we might just land somewhere close (but don’t burn yourself out trying to be perfect, remember to take care of yourself too!).
6. Phillip Sidney: Either I will find a way, or I will make one
If there doesn’t seem to be a way to get what you want, create the way yourself! Whether that’s starting your own business, or pitching a new idea to your boss, take charge and chase after what you want!
7. Chinese Proverb: Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults
A good mantra for relationships, both personal and professional. Don’t get so worked up or hold grudges against small issues, and if someone gives you a small act of kindness, remember it!
8. Thomas A. Edison: If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves
The biggest inhibitor to your success is yourself. If you’re feeling nervous, thinking you’re not good enough for that job, or you’re scared to ask for that raise, suck up that fear and just go for it! You’ll be astounded by what you can accomplish!
9. Jim Rohn: Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present
Instead of dreaming of that place in time where you’ll finally have what you want, create your happiness now! Go grab that job that you love, surround yourself with great people, and take time for the hobbies you enjoy!
Which mantra do you swear by?