It’s time for mantras to lose their New Age-y stereotype. The word mantra originates in Sanskrit and has been translated in English in various ways: a hymn or song of praise, sacred message or text, charm, spell, counsel, or incantation.
While mantras are frequently used in meditation sessions to silence mental chatter, anyone can benefit from one. Our minds are full of noise—largely repetitive, useless, and even harmless thoughts that are on replay much of the time. A mantra can slice through these thoughts in any moment, especially when you craft one that is meaningful just to you.
Mine is a breakdown in steps, in order of importance:
- Finish the event
- Finish the event without taking a break/rest (IE: no walk run)
- Improve my time
It’s not always easy to do – in two years, I’ve hit #3 once for the run portion of my sprint triathlon.