If you lead people, build teams and/or want to have greater influence you need to be able to establish your authority and reboot your energetic presence on demand.
In the midst of challenges or when things go awry we want to claim creative leadership intentionally and energetically in the moment. One of the quickest ways to do this is to keep a favorite and powerful Mantra at the ready.
In ancient Vedic tradition, sound and its vibrational quality was seen as part of the energy to which we are all connected. The repetition of Mantras was a powerful tool for quieting mental chatter, fostering a peaceful environment and creating an optimal experience.
A Mantra is a sort of one-out-breath mission statement that’s all about repetition. By remaining cognizant of what’s most important, you are less likely to drift or engage in unproductive thinking and actions in the heat of the moment. Based on the idea that we are agents of change in our own lives, a Mantra enables us to create impact – internally AND externally.
In leadership positions and during times of transition, I’ve relied on Mantras to generate clarity, courage and strength for moving forward. In such situations, we don’t wait for others to set the tone, we lead by example with an affinity for helping others.
The use of a personal Mantra helps to achieve focus, confidence and peace of mind for self and others. Your Mantra holds power as an individual and unique expression of what you value and desire. The only requirement is that it is authentic.
Here are a few examples:
- “Carpe Diem!” Famous words that remind us to make every moment count, give it our all and take each day as an adventure.
- “I’m HERE to CREATE,” helps overcome obstacles by making full use of our power, influence and creativity. It’s not over until you’ve created a sense of satisfaction.
- Walt Disney’s Mantra “Dare, Dream, Do,” commands us to think out of the box and realize our true desires.
- “What If, What Else, Why Not,” invites spontaneity and inspires creative breakthrough over boring routine.
- “Let Go of Hurry & Worry – Choose Ease & Joy,” stops reactive/automatic behavior by choosing to slow down and aim for what’s doable and energizing.
- “I’m in the right place at the right time,” cultivates trust in oneself and others, and helps to recognize the creative process at work.
- “Perfection doesn’t exist,” reminds us, it really doesn’t.
- “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi didn’t just say these famous words, he lived by them.
What’s your personal Mantra? Without over-analyzing, what idea, goal, concept, emotion, etc., is most pertinent for you at this time? Let it flow freely and then turn it into a declarative statement.
Important is to focus on one Mantra, one thing, for 1-2 minutes as you breathe deeply and FEEL what it really means to you. At other times, try sitting quietly or walking slowly as you repeat your Mantra and explore what effect it has on you.
I’ve created an abundance of Mantras over the years for myself and clients. Do share your Mantra(s) with me and/or I’d be delighted to support you in uncovering your “just right” personal Mantra(s) for your next steps.
About Sanna: I believe women hold a valuable role as way-showers for conscious business and evolution. With 20 yrs. as a coach, trainer and creator of transformational leadership programs, I offer pathways for thriving in transition. I guide women to shape-shift into powerful leadership. One of the places I cherish on earth is the Italian Lakes Region where I host annual retreats.