MAY THEME: BE THE CHANGE
Mission #20: Mantras for Making Change – May 16
Mission #21: Mindsets for Making Change – May 23
Mission #22: Make 3 Changes™: A Framework for Moving Forward –May 30
MAKE 3 CHANGES™ MONDAY MISSION #20: MANTRAS FOR MAKING CHANGE
When you think of the word Mantra, you probably think of something that’s done in yoga class or meditation. The basic definition of “mantra” is: a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating; a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone’s basic beliefs.
I began leveraging the power of mantras in the form of affirmations several years ago when doing the work to reframe the limiting beliefs that were keeping me from living my best life and doing my best work.
In my work with leaders – on their own or with their teams – I often conduct an exercise that asks them to identify the thoughts and beliefs associated with whatever challenge they are facing. The list they generate always provides a shocking and sobering moment. Most of the underlying thoughts and beliefs we have during times of change and challenge are NOT serving us.
“I can’t do this.”
“This is too hard.”
“They’ll never go for it.”
“They don’t respect me.”
“We don’t have the… (time, money, resources, staff, expertise, etc.)
“They never listen to my ideas.”
“I don’t feel like arguing or making waves.”
“I’m afraid if I speak up, I’ll get into trouble.”
We work together to take each one of those and turn it around. I ask them to identify the thoughts and beliefs of a leader who IS making a difference, who IS affecting change and who IS working towards a solution. That list is very different. When faced with the two lists, they can see clearly that staying in the space where they have negative and/or limiting beliefs and thoughts is NOT going to produce the best results for them or for their organization.
YOU HAVE A CHOICE.
Mantras help you to reframe, realign and refocus.
Your MAKE 3 CHANGES™ Monday Mission this week is to identify the 3 most prevalent limiting beliefs or negative thoughts you face that keep you from living your best life and doing your best work.
Here are the 3 steps to take:
Step 1: Make a List. Take 15 minutes, grab a pen/paper and create a quiet space to do a little thinking. Think about the person, the situation or the challenge that’s top of mind for you today. Get clear about it. Brainstorm a list of the thoughts and beliefs you have about yourself, about the person / situation / challenge. All of them. The good, the bad and the ugly. Make your list, free from judgment – no one else needs to see it. Learn to tell yourself the TRUTH about the thoughts and beliefs that flow through your head.
Step 2: Identify the frequent visitors. Do you see a theme? Are there some recurring thoughts & beliefs that show up for you in other areas? This is an awesome awareness. Choose 3 of those limiting beliefs and thoughts that you know are not serving you AND that show up in other areas of your life and work. Get out a new piece of paper, write them down on the left side of the paper.
Step 3: Turn them around! On the right side of those limiting beliefs, write down your reframe. Create statements or a phrase that fills you with confidence, realigns you with your best self, your best intentions and creates a sense of possibility and hope for finding a solution that you will be comfortable with.
Post your new mantras in places you’ll see them. In your planner. On your wall. In your online calendar. On your phone. Tap into the power of a mantra to pull you out of a negative and unproductive mindset and into a place of possibility and solution!
Want to share yours with me? GREAT! Send me an email with your mantras and let me celebrate with you. I’d love to create a little list of all the mantras my readers and clients create.
Want me to come inspire a group or team you are part of? GREAT! Let’s talk about that. I have openings in June, September and October to come to your event or workplace to deliver a customized program designed to help you and your team address the changes already happening or that you’re interested in making. My specialty is helping others move forward during times of change, challenge and opportunity. I’d love to be of service. Find a time that works for you by clicking here. Choose the Clarity Conversation Option and let’s talk about it!
What is Make 3 Changes™?
Make 3 Changes™ is a framework designed to help leaders move forward during times of change, challenge and opportunity. For more information about the Make 3 Changes™ framework and how you can use it to navigate changes in your world with more clarity, confidence and commitment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the Make 3 Changes™ Monday Missions?
These weekly missions are designed to get you thinking differently about various aspects of your life. Each month will feature several missions within a theme, helping you to build awareness, create alignment and take action. It is my hope they provide you with the tools you need to create positive and lasting change in your life, the lives of those you love, those you lead and those you serve. Always open to feedback about your experience. Let’s have some fun and make some changes!