Expressed by: Cassandra Dennis
What’s your mantra: your hymn, your incantation, your psalm, your SHOUT? You know the repetitive chant or poem or quote or song or combination of them all, that keeps you inspired, motivated and keeps you in forward motion on your journey? For NIKE it’s #justdoit, they also promote Kevin Durant’s #risegrindshineagain.
Come on you have one, SHOUT IT OUT, except if you are in the library or church, then just whisper it. You know the mantra that keeps you focused, that reminds you that strategic action is required to accomplish your goals and to move from one stage and level of life to the next.
I have several depending on what I need to persevere that day, but my main mantra is, “Life:Own it Don’t Blame it.” See my life is my own. No matter what decisions I make, good or bad; no matter what has been done to me or what I allowed or what I have done to others, my life is mine and only I can shape it to truly be what I want it to be. At the end of the day no matter what I portray on social media, does my life truly represent the words I speak? For me, yes and no, because I’m consistently striving to be the best me. Although, I live a life of transparency, there are some aspects of my life, where I am faking it until I make it. Yep, I wear a mask sometimes, not to hide my weaknesses but to hide the ugliness of an intimate part of my journey. It is during this time that I may be purging and layers of the old me are being peeled away so that the revived, creative, reborn me can press in on the path I am traveling. It is definitely during these times that I rely on my mantra or a song or my favorite poem to empower me through the challenge, strengthen my resolve, and learn my lesson(s) for the next level of my life. After all in the words of Oscar Wilde, “I must be myself, everyone else is already taken.”
If you don’t have a mantra, what are you using to empower yourself on those days where you want to give up? What or Who reminds you not to be easily distracted or encourages you to stare fear in the face and steam-roll that devil.
If you are at a point in your life where you are spinning your wheels, revamp your plan, set a path and commit to it; no matter the costs or sacrifices. If it’s what you truly desire then the costs and sacrifices will be worth it; and the experiences along the way will be priceless. Sooooooo, what’s your mantra? Share it in the comments below. You never know; your transparency may help someone else.
The song that’s pumping me up for what I need to accomplish today is, “We Livin”, by Tina Campbell. I’M PUMPED!!! WHAT ABOUT YOU?