3 Steps to Create Mantras That Keep You Out of the Mire and Moving Forward

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”  — Philippians 4:8

file0002047565344.jpgYou want to stay focused on that “excellent or praiseworthy” thing you know you should be doing or thinking about, but your mind would rather flit to anything but.

Do you have a mantra? I’m talking about mantra in the sense of an instrument of focus, a set of words spoken frequently to get you to focus on your “excellent or praiseworthy” task or thinking.


  • Create several mantras to propel forward the “excellent or praiseworthy” tasks in your week.
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recite-13688-770466689-1rsv240.pngExample 1: Anytime a thought enters my mind that I know is detrimental to others or to me, my mantra is: “I will not receive that.” When I whip out this mantra, counting on God’s help, the undesirable thought always leaves me.

Example 2: When I want  to take a little detour before starting the goal I set for the morning, my mantra is: “First things first, always.” Then I promise myself I can take the detour when the goal is checked off my schedule.

id-100162370.jpgExample 3: On the other hand, a relaxing or fun activity between your goal-oriented tasks is important and fruitful. You may need a mantra to pull away from the mound of work. You might borrow the old saw, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Just replace Jack with your name.


  • Have fun with these 3 simple steps to create mantras that will keep you moving forward.
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Step 1: Identify what usually prevents you from doing or thinking what’s “excellent or praiseworthy.”

Step 2: If someone else repeatedly used your tactics, what would you say (or want to say) to them?

Suppose your problem is dragging your feet in entering your workspace. You might want to say to your invisible twin: “Go into your office, turn your light on, and plant your derrière into your chair, bud.”

Step 3: Shorten it. Make it catchy to you. Repeatable.

chair.jpgYou might rewrite it to:  “Take a day off on your day off.” Or perhaps for a rhyme: “Derrière in the chair.” If necessary, add the “bud.”

You might want to rewrite the adage, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Possibly, “Rest or be dull at best.”



  • Your mantras can pull you out of the sludge of unhelpful thoughts and unfruitful tasks.
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What are mantras you use to keep you from the mire of unfruitfulness?