Mantras are powerful. I use them everyday and I’ve had great success applying them to whatever it is I want out of life.
I don’t know what it is that attracts me to mantras. But I like them.
- I believe that no matter how thick of a skull or hard-headed you are, a good mantra will push your limits. Mantras are not for the average man or woman. They’re for going past what you thought was impossible.
I also believe that no matter how egg-headed or analytical you are, a good mantra will push your limits. Anyone can benefit from a good mantra.
If I want to go past my limit at the gym, I use a mantra.
If I want to build more confidence, I use a mantra.
If I want to get over a bad breakup, I use a mantra.
If I want to be more productive, I use a mantra.
Mantras, affirmations, and powerful phrases are designed to get your brain to work for you, instead of against. For the sake of just getting to the point, I’m going use the catch-all word “mantra” to describe affirmations and powerful phrases.
Add Up Your Strengths Avoid Certain Words
As a general rule I try to avoid the words weaknesses or problems. Instead I just reframe it, don’t think about it, or use the word ‘challenge’ when sizing myself up.
Mantras are something you repeat, you don’t want to use the word problem or weakness in your mantra.
If you constantly tell yourself you have a problem, real or imagined, then you subconsciously make it a big deal. That’s where the phrase, “Making a mountain out of mole hill” comes from.
Better to reframe and move on from there.
Some common stuff that keeps us awake at night:
- Job stress
Identify where you need work. Maybe you want to lift more weight, talk to more girls, earn more money online, or get over heartbreak.
Mantras, Goals, and Habits
Mantras and goals go together like bread and butter.
You define what you want, and create a mantra that makes you take action, or pushes your limits.
“I want to get as jacked as possible,” is a goal. To accomplish this goal, you will need to push yourself when you are doing reps. I’ll talk about this below.
Mantras also keep you focused. “I’m going to write 1 article everyday, no matter what,” is an example. I’ll talk about some ways to stay focused throughout the day with minimal effort.
The next step is to create mantra.
Create a Mantra
Your mantra can be a single word, phrase, question, or statement. The point is, it makes you take action or gives you some kind of result. You can use a mantra for playing defense or offense. Defense is when you use a mantra to overcome some kind of frustration or impulse. Making the decision to quit an old habit falls into this category.
- Offense is when you use a mantra to make you more productive, lift more weight, or take more action, or channel an emotion into something worthy.
What you repeat is what you reinforce. If you push yourself at the gym by saying things like, “C’mon you piece of shit, one more.” Then that’s the belief system you’re going to reinforce.
Likewise if you always think you’re great, then you will reinforce that belief system.
With that in mind, I’ll give you some mantras I’ve used to get more out of life. Feel free to make them your own.
Mantras for productivity and money
If you want to earn money online, then you’re mantra will be, “I’m going to do more in 1 day than most people do in a week. I’m going to do more in 1 week than most do in a month. And I’m going to do more in a month than most do in a year.”
“I’m going to take action 1000 times, and only then will I let myself feel frustrated.”
“I’m going to write 1000 blog posts.”
“I’m going to quit my job and live off my online business.”
Those are a few I’ve used or I’m still using. With mantras you’ll find certain ones that pull on your heart and give you the right amount of energy to get to work.
Mantras for the gym
If you want to push yourself at the gym, your mantra will be, “I’m going until I kill mediocrity.” I’ve used that one to great effect. I pretend that each rep that goes beyond numbers, and into pain — is me destroying that feeling of being average.
IAG Reps / IAFG Reps
With each rep I also repeat the the words, “I am great.”
Lets say your max is 6 reps and you want to squeeze out more. On the 6th rep, I’ll say the word, “I”, then on the 7th rep I’ll say the word, “am” then on the 8th rep I’ll say, “great”. The goal is to finish the sentence. This little game I play works amazing for squeezing out extra reps. Also, it builds my confidence and mind at the same time. The mind is every bit important as training your body.
Repeat this long enough and you will develop a rock solid belief in yourself. I call these I-Am-Great reps. When I’m feeling down like we all get sometimes, I do some IAG reps or IAFG reps.
It’s a form of meditation for me. IAFG is just a step up, “I Am Fucking Great.”
Try it and let me know.
Mantras For Confidence
If you want to be more confident, your mantra will be, “I’m great. I’m a winner and I’m not going to let anything knock me off my mountain.”
If you want to improve a little bit everyday, your mantra will be, “I’m leveling up.”
Attaching a mantra to weight lifting is also a great way to train your mind. As I’ve explained above.
Mantras For Getting Over Heartbreak
If you want to get over heartbreak, your mantra will be, “It’s her loss.”
“The best is yet to come.”
“The world is full of possibilities.”
“I’m going to be a man of options and I’m going to talk to more girls.”
The best way I’ve found in all my years on this planet, is to just talk to more people and not to get lazy. Either you’re running the game or the game is getting run on you.
A Word On Mantras For The Gym
If you want to lift more at the gym, then there are two ways to approach it: you can tap into negativity or positivity. Darkness or light.
I’ve used both.
Tapping into the dark side involves bringing up an insecurity, a frustration, or some kind of dark imagery. It also means channeling anger.
One powerlifter imagines his dead brother and the only way he can get back his dead brother is to do one more rep. Sounds crazy but he uses to great effect. If you want to see where he talks about this skip ahead to 4:00 in the YouTube video.
I’ve also heard of people imagining someone holding a gun to their head and the only way to get out of it is to do one more rep.
Tapping into the light side involves using positive imagery. I imagine the best version of myself and do more reps. I also repeat to myself, “I am great” with each rep. I’m training my mind as much as my body.
The exercise I explained above is an example of this.
But hands down the best days at the gym are when I’m pissed and angry. There’s no other nootropic, shake, or supplement that can beat anger and channeling it into the weights.
Downside Of Tapping Into Negativity and Anger
I’ve experimented with tapping into anger, insecurity, dark imagery, failure, and attaching some kind of mantra to that.
It’s addicting to be able to tap into something, and pull more weight. You go beyond the sets, the numbers, the reps, and enter the realm of pain. The realm of pain is a place where no numbers exist. Just you and your mind. Anger keeps you there longer than anything I’ve tried.
But it’s like picking at a scab that’s already healed.
Intentionally injecting yourself with a dose of anger and dark imagery will push you beyond your limits at the gym, no doubt. I found that repeatedly doing this is a skill that can be trained. But should only be used in the gym, not when you hit a low point outside of the gym.
Say some B.S. happens in your life. Like all humans we bring out the negativity. By being an expert at visualizing dark imagery and invoking anger, you may be tempted to use that on yourself. One word: DON’T. Leave everything at the gym. Channel anger into the weights, and leave the gym feeling great.
I’m only a messenger. Experiment.
Upside Of Tapping Into Positivity
I asked myself one question, “Is it possible to go beyond my limits at the gym without using dark imagery and anger?”
Yes. My answer to this question was the IAG reps, and visualizing the best version of myself.
- Can bring it with you outside of the gym
- Build mental toughness
- Have a clearer mind
The thing about this is, you’re allowed to bring that stuff with you outside of the gym. I can think “I’m great” and visualize a more muscular version of myself all day long.
You will build confidence because you repeat great things while lifting. You don’t have to follow my formula. Make it your own.
Instead of becoming an expert at visualizing dark imagery, you become able to visualize the best version of yourself. This is something you can take with you everywhere.
Mantras and State Control
Mantras can be used with state control. We all use state control. Anytime you’ve thought about, “the good ole days”, that’s a form of state control. You’re brining yourself to relieve a past event. The more memorable the event, the easier it is to bring back all the emotions associated with the event.
Many people use state control the wrong way. They bring back memories of failure, heartbreak, and fear. By constantly reminding yourself of this, you easily bring yourself back down into the black hole of misery.
The reason I do IAG reps is to build an anchor point to come back to when I need it. Because I’ve hammered it into my brain at the gym, I can now tap into when I’m outside of the gym.
Anytime I think, “I am great” I have memories of killing it at the gym. Just like Pavlov’s dogs (the experiment where dogs are trained to salivate at the ring of a bell), I’ve trained my mind to do the same.
The 1st Key To Using a Mantra Is You Have To Believe It
Believing a mantra is as simple as repeating a mantra. Overtime it will sink into your thick skull. The other way to believe your mantra is to be on the lookout for small wins.
When I say small wins, I’m talking about something as subtle as giving yourself a pat on the back for waking up early. Maybe you’ve got some goal and you need to be an early riser to accomplish this goal. You need to be like a hawk and look for ways to reinforce your mantra.
Smalls wins + repetition are a quick way to build some belief.
Adding up all the successes and hardships you’ve overcome is another way to strengthen your belief.
If you want to see how David Goggins does this he explains it around 26:00 mark on this video talk:
You have to make the mantra specific to you
I’ve tried all types of mantras. Some of them stick and others don’t. I usually stick with a mantra for about 3 months and adjust if I need to.
You’ll find that overtime, you’ll see improvement in yourself. You’ll evolve. It’s natural and putting to rest and old mantra is ok.
We all move from having no money to having some money. Having no friends, to making friends. Losing a job, to getting a job.
A specific mantra will be different and change with your life and improvement.
The Key To Using a Mantra Is You Have To Use It Consistently
Repetition and belief are 2 things that make a mantra powerful. The more you repeat something the more it comes true.
The most common ways to get your reps in are:
- Upon waking up
- Before bed
- While in the shower
- While at the gym
If I need to get serious about something I’ve been slacking on, I’ll use my mantra to keep my mind on the right path.
One thing to keep my mind focused, is to use Aqua Notes. It’s waterproof paper and has two suction cups for sticking use inside your shower. It also comes with a pencil.
I’ve come up with several ideas for journeyto1000 while in the shower. I used to just try to keep it in my head, but now I just write it down on the Aqua notes.
- I find that taking a shower and reminding yourself of what you need to accomplish is a great way to start the day. It keeps your mind focused.
Ways To Use Mantras From 4 Books
In the book, The Power of Positive Thinking, there’s a section where a traveling salesman uses a mantra to get him through the grind of failure. He writes down verses from the bible on some cards and looks at them whenever he’s driving.
“This was the “wonderful plan.” He pointed to two clips fastened on the instrument panel of the car just below the windshield and, reaching into the glove compartment, took out a pack of small cards. He selected on and slipped it beneath the clip. It read, “If ye have faith…nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Mathew17:20). He removed that one, shuffled expertly through the cards with one hand as he drove, selected another, and placed it under the clip. This one read “If god be for us, who can be against us?”(Romans 8:31).
“I’m a traveling salesman,” he explained, “and I drive around all day calling on my customers. I have discovered that while a man drives he thinks all kinds of thoughts. If his pattern of thoughts is negative, he will think many negative thoughts during the day and that, of course, is bad for him; but that is the way I used t be.
I used to drive around all day between calls thinking fear and defeat thoughts, and incidentally that is one reason my sales were down. But since I have been using these cards as I drive and committing the words to memory, I have learned to think differently.
In the book, Pre-suasion, there’s a part in the book, where people who look at inspirational posters performed better than those who didn’t have the inspirational posters.
“Multiple studies have shown that subtly exposing individuals to words that connote achievement (win, attain, succeed , master) increases their performance on an assigned task and more than doubles their willingness to keep working at it.
Evidence like this has changed my mind about the worth of certain kinds of posters that I’ve occasionally seen adorning the walls of business offices. Call centers appear to be a favored location. The sign usually carry a single word in capital letters (OVERCOME< SUCCEED, PERSEVERE, ACHIEVE) designed to spur employees toward greater accomplishments."
In the book, Bold & Determined Vol One, Victor, uses sticky notes taped to his walls with goals written on them.
“I used to live in a tiny little one bedroom apartment. Technically it was the worst place I ever lived. It was actually the best though. That was my laboratory. I would sit around and write out lists of what I could do and what I couldn’t do. Trying to figure out where I could start a business and how. I would write notes to myself that had my goals on them and tape them all over the walls.
People who came over thought I was crazy. But those little notes worked. I suggest you do the same. The motivation from these notes is terrific. The best one I had was a note taped across my computer monitor that read “I will be in business for myself by such an such date”. And you know what? I was in business for myself by that date.”
In the book, Gorilla Mindset, there’s a section that talks about mantras and affirmations. The book contains some of the things I’ve already said in this article, such as, repeating your mantra as often as you need to, or using it when under stress.
“Repeat your affirmation or mantra as often as you need to. Many people begin their days with one or both, and others use them when under stress.
Here are some examples:
- “I am unstoppable.”
- “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning. It smells like victory.”
- “This is a fantastic challenge that will test my resolve and will. Even if I don’t win, I will grow stronger.”
What I do
I have an old beat up laptop I use. It’s one I don’t really care about it if gets stolen. One of the things I do is change the password to something fits with my mantra or something I want to accomplish.
Throughout the day, I might type that mantra in 10-50 times. It helps keep my mind laser focused on what I what to do. I don’t recommend doing this if you are concerned about security.
I went all in with mantras 100% to see if they work, and they do.
You can pick and choose what works for you. I’m sure out of all the tips I’ve given there are a few you’ve never heard of or tried.
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