When I started doing mantras and affirmations I went all in to see if it worked. I picked a mantra that I thought spoke to my current situation and began repeating that mantra throughout my day.
It was what I thought a harmless mantra which was, “level up.”
Anytime I would read a book, I would reinforce the mantra. “Well I guess I just leveled up.”
Anytime I got what I wanted I would reinforce the mantra. “Well I guess that’s just a result of leveling up.”
Anytime something bad would happen, I would always reverse engineer what went wrong and how I got it all wrong. Then I would say “Well, I guess I just leveled up.”
Because anytime you learn from your mistakes you are in a sense “leveling up.”
The mantra “level up” is tied to the vision I have of myself. So it’s all connected. But the mantra became too powerful and I’m going back to the drawing board.
The universe has a strange way of answering your wishes. You see in order to level up I have to go through shit to get there. Painful shit. Shit that makes you stop believing in your own hype, ego, and bullshit. It’s like being a UFC fighter and suddenly your arms and legs are gone. Then once you get them back another event takes them away.
It’s stuff I wouldn’t wish on anybody. The universe will look at you and say, “This guy learns best when he goes through pain, and he wants to level up, so lets give him what he wants.”
That’s when your mantra becomes too powerful. That’s when you see the good and bad of doing a mantra. You don’t realize what it means until you piece together a string of events that you just can’t explain.
I’m thankful for the mantra because I learned some powerful stuff and life lessons.
I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t go through it.
Since taking a break from “leveling up”, I want to share some advice on how to go about picking a mantra.
General vs specific mantra
The pros and cons of a general mantra is it’s easy to reinforce. “Level up” can be associate with just about anything like, reading a book, congratulating yourself on a small win, or learning from a bad experience. You can easily make this mantra powerful because it can be reinforced everyday easily.
And what gets repeated often gets embedded into your subconscious mind. Anytime you reinforce something in your subconscious mind, you will manifest that will into destiny. Read Dr. Carmen Simon, and Dr. Dispenza’s books if you want to know more.
The first tip, is to pick a mantra that is specific and not general.
“Level up” is a general mantra that can be associated with any event but the problem with “leveling up” was I was leveling up too fast. I didn’t expect it all to happen within a short period.
A specific mantra is something along the lines of, “I will meet the right people. Make the right connections. And put myself in the right place at the right time.” I believe Jim Carrey said this but I could be wrong. Jim Carrey would also visualize himself in a mansion after he had a few failed auditions. He also wrote a check to himself for 10 million dollars.
A specific mantra is one that has more upside than downside. “Leveling up” for me has more downside than upside. Because as humans we are wired to see the negative side of things first. I found myself leveling up from bad experiences more than good. The universe will answer you call but you might not be prepared for the response.
A more specific mantra for me would be, “I’m going to have fun leveling up.” The word “fun” is key because leveling up can be painful and the universe might dish out more pain than fun because you weren’t specific.