So, this is going to be specifically to my fellow Jaycees. Do you have a mantra? If not, you need to get one. Now.
What is a mantra? Well, it’s sort of like your own personal creed. Your affirmations that inspire you to be your best self. It can be as long or short as you like, but I recommend starting with about 10 statements. I’m sure you can google some affirmations to choose, or come up with your own, but here is one list you can start with to get an idea of what I mean. For my own personal one, I won’t share it, because it has evolved to have some very specific statements in it. I started out with generic statements, but now that I’ve learned what helps me, I have tailored it to be for me alone. It is MY mantra – go get your own! Really though, get one, find one, and then create your own, for you, by you.
Once you find something you like, something that speaks to you, save it, compile it, adjust it, or just plain ol copy it. Write them down, print it out, save it, make an image, or whatever works best for you. Keep it near a space you know you’ll be in every day. For me, seeing my personal mission statement (yep, I have one of those, too) reminds me of my mantra, and I have made my mission my desktop or wallpaper on devices I use daily.
You have your mantra, now what do you do with it? I suggest you set aside time daily to read it. Whether out loud or silently is up to you. For me, I use it as a mindset – when I sit down to read emails (maybe facebook), I always start out with putting in my headphones, turn on Spotify, and I read through my mantra before anything else. For others, it may be a way to wind down at the end of the day. Maybe you already have a morning ritual that you can fit this 30 second routine into. The more you do it, you’ll find that it becomes more natural and less awkward to do.
You’ll probably even start adding to it, but try to still keep it short (that is relative). For me, short is within one song span, approximately 2 mins… but I repeat mine a few times, so I could probably go through it once in about 30 seconds. I have only been doing this for about a year now, but I would say I’ve changed my mantra about 5 or 6 times. If it’s staying the same, you’re probably not growing.
Go. Be better. Jaycee, Mantra!
About the Author: Sabreya is the 2016 State Liaison for Mississippi Jaycees. She served as the 2015 Chapter President for the Hattiesburg Jaycees. She is currently a student, pursuing her dream of becoming a 3D artist of computer animation and CGI elements.