Reinvention Week 4: Mission Mantras
I’m in the process of reinvention and I’m asking the question: What does it take to change my internal identity in such a way that sustained change — real reinvention — can happen? I went inward and Eastward last week to yoga and a yogi, and was left with the message to create my own mantras.
Now when I just write the word “Mantra”–which simply is a repeated, often sacred phrase or sound used by meditators for thousands of years to create transformation — an automatic thought is activated in me. Actually several. That I am risking embarrassment by sharing this. That I live in Chicago and no longer Northern California, and I shouldn’t make people here cringe. That I should worry about my reputation as a professional consultant. That I should give up this “reinvention” idea because as much as it sounds good and is what “all innovators are doing” it requires changing something within, which is hard to talk about or admit to or do at all without worrying about a whole host of implications.
You see, I have many automatic thoughts whose goals appear to be to keep me in a life of safety, resist any risk and change, and shut out any ideas of living a more impactful life.
And I know you do too. So I’m asking you — yes, you, reading this right now — what automatic thoughts do you have that are keeping you small and safe? And more importantly, if you could silence those thoughts and live from an identity that would be closer to your real calling, what identity would that be?
Despite my automatic thoughts shaming me for weakness at having to resort to mantras, those thoughts are full of crap. My goal is to be a Warrior — not Worrier — of Aliveness. A warrior must use whatever can work to achieve his mission. And I just don’t see how I can change my internal chatter without the proactive, creative act of re-wiring my messages to myself. Think about it–what is stopping you from being more of the YOU-you-want-to-be in the world? In large part it’s our internal mantras, our repeated phrases born of protection and fear. So my goal is to change them.
Here’s my challenge to you: Send me some of the mantras befitting the identity you want to live out of. You can share them anonymously (or not) via comment or by email to me. I want to hear them. And I need to create and hear mine, again and again, to myself, every day, in order for transformation to happen.
While historically a mantra can be anything from a simple sound or phrase or a more detailed affirmation, right now I need my mantras to reflect my mission. What does it mean to me to take on this identity I’m calling a Warrior of Aliveness? I need to be reminded, again and again, of who I am and what I am up to in this world. So here are some of my mission mantras that I am repeating again and again, morning and night, to rewire my automatic thoughts. What are yours?
To live as my most awakened self To help others live more as their true selves To discover and follow my passions To feel more alive and be in the moment To eviscerate the needless negative To stretch others and myself to actively make a difference in the world To say yes to that which enlivens To take out my sword and slice the saboteur who keeps me closed and small To be and help others to be a creator and not just a spectator To open my heart and feel more, rather than numb myself To be excited about life To bring more love into the world To experience the world and try new things rather than hide To release the negative and embrace positive To get off the leash of my monkey mind To be in the now rather than escape and distract myself To speak the truth and help others speak their own truth To take bigger risks To be a model for possibility To embrace change To stop pleasing others at the cost of my own principles and passions To express myself boldly, creatively and confidently…