Now’s the time to focus on the finish line.
Imagine someone you love waiting there to cheer for you and gaze on you with pride. Envision the full scene.
To help get there, find a mantra that effectively soothes and focuses the mind.
A mantra helps you when you are tired and weary. At times like this, when your project is coming to a close, a mantra can help stabilize you, energize you, and propel you toward the finish line.
The best ones bubble up spontaneously under duress. However, even when you’re not in a challenging moment, you can invent or adopt one.
Here are some ways to define a mantra for our purposes:
A mantra is a reminder of what you are good at.
A mantra brings your attention to the present moment.
A mantra helps pace you.
A mantra focuses you on what’s important.
A mantra can change and evolve over time.
A mantra is a form of healthy self-talk.
A mantra can be super simple and doesn’t have to be mystical or sacred.
A mantra doesn’t have to be grammatical.
A mantra is something you repeat to yourself.
Here are some examples. Please take and/or modify for yourself. An authentic mantra “resonates,” or rings true. It should physically feel like it fits.
“I finish strong.”
“Relaxed, focused, explosive.”
“Strong, easy, flowing.”
“I’m dedicated to kindness, truth, and progress.”
“I breathe, I put one foot in front of the other.”
“Always beginning, always caring.”
“I don’t compete, I work.”
“I do this for my son.”
“I do this for myself.”
“Fast, smooth, and strong.”
“I am open to change. I am open to progress.”
Along with the verbal mantra, you may also choose a kind of visual mantra. Perhaps an image of you finishing your project feeling tired but driven forward by elation. See someone else there, too, sharing in your gleeful feelings.
See and feel the win, and say the words to guide you there.