“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”
The average person has about 50,000 thoughts per day, which breaks down to about 35 thoughts per minute. In other words, people spend a lot of time in their heads. With so many thoughts constantly orbiting in our headspace, what we think about has a huge influence on how we feel and even how we will act. Psychologists have studied the power of thoughts and have found that repetitious thinking becomes self-fulfilling prophecies. These prophecies are a process where someone’s expectations about a situation lead to the fulfillment of those expectations. This means the more we think about something, the more likely action will be taken and it will become a reality.
Recently, I participated in a summer health challenge through the gym I attend. On top of all the exercise and nutrition tasks, there was a “soulfie” requirement each week that was designed to teach beneficial mental health practices. By far my favorite soul enriching activity was practicing positive self-mantras. A mantra is historically defined as a mystical formula of invocation or incantation, but in more modern usage it is a positive self-affirmation. The goal was to pick a mantra from a provided list each day, put it somewhere you would see it often and repeat it in your head as much as possible. Sounds simple enough, right?
I was blown away by the changes I had in my attitude, perspective and thought process as I went about my day’s routines and was consciously chanting my mantra. During a huge creative slump at work, I took a moment to focus on my mantra. I had picked the phrase “I know with time and effort I can achieve.” This simple first-person wording made it personal, believable and empowering. Needless to say, the slump didn’t last long after that and I was able to come up with some incredible work. But enough of my sales pitch, the best way to discover this power is to try the mantra challenge yourself and see what it can do.
Below is a list of self-mantra and positive self-affirmations to choose from but feel free to find your own that resonates within you.
- I love myself.
- I am capable.
- I am becoming.
- I know who I am and I am enough.
- I choose to be present in all that I do.
- I choose to think thoughts that serve me well.
- I choose to reach for a better feeling.
- I share my happiness with those around me.
- I feel energetic and alive.
- My life is unfolding beautifully.
- I am confident in my decisions.
- I always observe before reacting.
- I love challenges and what I learn from overcoming them.
- Each step is taking me to where I want to be.
Write it down on a piece of paper and keep it in your pocket, change the image on your phone’s background and, most importantly, keep it at the forefront of your mind all day long. Happy chanting!