We all have little things we say to ourselves from time-to-time to motivate or inspire us to keep going. What do you say to yourself? Do you know if it is a mantra or an affirmation? Do you know what the difference is?
Mantras are generic statements that are true. You can believe it and you can FEEL it! For instance, ‘Anything is possible.’ It is true. You can believe it and, if you bring your heart to it, you can feel it. Here are some more to consider:
- ‘I am willing to choose growth rather than comfort.’
- I am committed to serve and live at my highest level.’
- ‘All is well, right here and now.’
- ‘Laugher lightens my load.’
- ‘I work daily on myself and on the way I relate to my inner power.’
Affirmations are statements that we want to be true. While you want to believe it and feel it, it sets up internal conflict and it will not be true until you resolve that conflict. For instance, ‘I am rich.’ If you are not currently rich, you will feel a bit of conflict. It is important that you allow your doubts, fears, and insecurities to surface so you can recognize them, acknowledge them, reframe them, and then embody (or feel into) what you reframe. Once you have integrated it, it becomes a mantra because it is true. What affirmations do you use? Do you experience any internal conflict with them? If so, take the opportunity to reflect on what comes up and identify what it is. Journaling is good for this or reach out and speak to a friend.