A Mantra Can Change Your Life.

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Trust the process.

My mantra has been transforming my life for the last twelve years. It restored my faith when my efforts weren’t producing results. It restored my faith in what I would achieve when I temporarily gave up.

I said these words, and I believed them. I believed in the manifestation of my desire to be lean and fit, even when I was very far away. Years away.

 

Trust the process.

I said these words as I watched myself do jump squats in the mirror at home, and I was nearly in tears because I tried so hard. I’ve cried through exercise, not because the exercise was hard, but because I was trying so damn hard. I was more devoted than many people, and it wasn’t working. Or so I thought.

 

Trust the process.

I said these words during my four-year plateau. I wore the same size jeans, plus and minus a half-size, for all these years, only half-believing that I could get the extra pounds off. Some people saw me as healthy because I was a runner, but I was still not a healthy body fat percentage. What I was doing had stopped working. I questioned my mantra occasionally. Then my mom would remind me to believe in it.

 

“Trust the process” meant that I KNEW if I committed to a healthier life, it would happen. If I practiced the behaviors that fit people do week after week, month after month, year after year, then I would become the fit, energetic, lean, healthy woman I so badly wanted to be.

To trust the process entails a couple conditions. You must seek to understand the actions that will fulfill your desire. You must re-commit to those actions over and over and over and over again.

Trusting the process creates resilience. It demands resilience. Resilience is the ability to overcome adversity. Resilient people are able to bounce back from hardship better than others.

 

Cultivate Resilience.

Brene Brown, author of several books everyone should read, studies resilience,

Resilient people have five common traits:

  • They are resourceful and have good problem-solving skills.
  • They are more likely to seek help.
  • They hold the belief that they can do something that will help them to manage their feelings and to cope.
  • They have social support available to them.
  • They are connected with others, such as family or friends.

 

These three patterns are essential to resilience:

  • Cultivating hope
  • Practicing critical awareness
  • Letting go of numbing and taking the edge off vulnerability, discomfort and pain

 

Live your mantra.

I live my mantra now. I don’t need to say it aloud as often, except when I begin eating foods again that make me feel sick (high sugar, high carb, alcohol). I’ve also started using this mantra for my career, because I aspire to do great big things. Great big things that I don’t know how I’ll manifest. Great big things that WILL happen because I will trust the process as I figure out just what that process entails.

Create a mantra. It should be timely and connected with a lifelong desire. It should align with your core values and not related to your ego. Not like what Judy Blume wrote in Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret: “We must, we must, we must increase our bust.” Your mantra should mean something special to you. You should say it softly and calmly. You should not use it when concentrating on materialistic or superficial things. Make it personal. Include a feeling word.

 

What do you desire?

Focus on your desire. 

Make way for YES.

Create resilience.