Ever since I was little, I worried about many things. My favorite topics were money, health, and my future. What’s your favorite topic to worry about?
And don’t tell me you never worry or fear nothing. Because if you have zero fear, that means you’re a robot!
Everyone spends time thinking about things that will never happen. Because that’s what fear is. Michel de Montaigne, the 16th-century philosopher, said it best:
“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.”
We all know that fear is meant to save us from trouble. But in the modern world, that’s simply not true anymore. These days, fear is only something that occupies your mind.
Our thoughts are so cluttered with fear, worry, and stress, that we can’t focus on our goals. In my personal experience, living a full life has nothing to do with the resources or opportunities you have.
It’s about knowing what you want, and also knowing how you can get it. That’s why you need to be focused every day. Without work, no goal will ever be achieved.
That’s why I want to share one ancient habit that stood the test of time. This habit has proved itself over and over again.
The Power Of Having A Mantra
I’m not a spiritual person. I believe in coincidence and luck. I also don’t believe in some kind of spiritual energy that we can’t see.
I’m a pretty skeptical person. But I’m also a pragmatist. I believe in what works. That’s why I never challenge religion or spirituality because it works for millions of people.
In fact, I study religion, cultures, and different beliefs that people have. And one thing that I’ve learned from religion is how useful a Mantra is.
Most of us have heard about it, but few of us have one or, let alone, actively practice it.
What is a Mantra, anyway? A good definition I found online is this:
“A “mantra” is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.”
Mantras exist (in some shape or form) for centuries. You can find them in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity. I’ve learned that people from all over the world use a Mantra to overcome fear and improve their focus.
It doesn’t matter who came up with it first. What matters is that it works.
My favorite example of someone who applies it is Floyd Mayweather.
Yes. The boxer. Mayweather might be a controversial figure that people either love or hate. But he’s also considered as the best boxer of all time. Not one of the best. Thé best. He has a record of 50–0. And he never even came close to losing.
His recipe for success? A lot of talent, that’s for sure. But, the man also has a crazy work ethic. And he’s been training ever since he was a baby.
I’ve been following him for years. I don’t care about his cars or money. I watch his training videos to see whether I can learn something that I can apply to my own life. A person with those kinds of results must do things right. You can’t deny that.
A few years ago, I noticed something that seemed like a promotion technique at first. Mayweather often repeated the same phrase:
“Hard work. Dedication.”
It sounds like a lame company slogan. He says that while he works on the heavy bag, speedball, pads, and even while he’s running. Constantly, he repeats the same words. Sometimes in a different order.
And it wasn’t until I learned about Mayweather’s Mantra, that I started using my own. I always thought it was something that yoga hipsters use to become “Zen.”
Do you see me sitting on the floor with crossed legs and saying: “Hmmmn. Hmmmn. Hmmmmn”?
That’s my mantra. I’ve trained myself to say it every morning when I wake up. It really energizes me.
I wake up and immediately say, “Let’s go!”
I’ve experimented with different Mantras. In particular, ones that you repeat more often. But I’ve found that it’s not my thing.
I’m a pretty direct and no B.S. person. I prefer something short and powerful.
Not only do I say it when I wake up, I also say it before I start working. Or, when I want to start my workout. “Let’s go!”
Give it a try. It works really well for me because it changes my state of mind to action. Especially when I feel afraid or powerless in life, I try to force a change in state.
You know that platitude, “The only way out is through?” I believe that’s true. And if you want to get through things, you need action.
After you start using your Mantra, you get in a worry-free zone.
This is one of the most effective things I’ve found in all of personal growth.
I highly recommend a Mantra for everyone. All you need to do is pick a slogan that helps you to get focused, and that changes your state. Give it a try now.
“But I don’t believe it!”
Pessimists say: “Just saying three words won’t help you with real problems.” To those people I say: What will help? Drowning in your own misery? Being paralyzed? Never taking action? Complaining? Feeling bitter about life?
Never. We all know that life’s too short to spend worrying about things that will never happen. And if something bad does happen to you, do something about it.