Two years ago I decided to create a mantra to guide my life and everything that I value.
My mantra is this:
Live Life to Its Fullest
Without living by this mantra, it would have been impossible for me to do the amazing things that I am grateful to have done over the past two years.
As I enter my next decade, the excitement for life through this mantra is amplified.
But I am not writing to tell you about my life, I only hope I can talk about how you can live out yours at your greatest potential.
Which begs the question: Do you have a mantra that guides your life?
Chances are, you don’t. That is totally fine because for years I didn’t have one either.
1. Establish Your Highest Values
In chapter two of my book, Your Best Decade, I unpack how you can establish your highest values. If you need to stop here and begin establishing what those are, I would encourage you to take a look at that chapter before reading on. If you already know your top three values in life, write those out in your journal. Maybe you value your family time, your spouse, others? Whatever those values are for you, get them on paper.
2. Create A Legacy Statement
In creating your life mantra, the next step is taking those values and creating a legacy statement. A legacy statement is vital. Think of what you want to be known for at your own funeral someday. What would you want others to say about you around the dinner table? Draft a statement that includes your values. if you get stuck on writing just one statement for all of your values, write a legacy statement for each of your values. There is no wrong answer here. It is totally up to you.
3. Draft Your Life Mantra
Once you have established your highest values and drafted your legacy statement, it is time for you to dive into creating your life mantra. This is a guiding statement that will wrap up each day of your life as you live out your highest values. Don’t over complicate this. Keep it simple, concise and clear. Your mantra should be something that you can easily say to yourself when you are having a tough day or simply want to remind yourself of the bigger picture of your life.
Once you have your life mantra, stop reading this and go celebrate with those you love the most. We often don’t celebrate internal victories as much as external but I feel that an internal win should be celebrated EVEN MORE than external ones.
Life is too short not to enjoy private victories.