April 24, 2005

14 Mantras to Inspire Working Women

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14 Mantras to Inspire Working Women

by Kathy Snead
from MSN.COM

Mantras are power words — personal chants we repeat to gather our strength and strengthen our courage. They center us on what's important. Mantras can be deeply spiritual connections between you, your words and your actions.

Working Diva member bluey_1 recently sent us one of her favorite mantras, written by Samuel Beckett: "Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Mantras resonate in your soul and empower you to take risks and do more. Try one of these inspirational mantras or come up with one of your own.

"One of my mentors years ago told me this one: 'Fake it till you make it.' For example: If you want to become an executive, act like one, even if you aren't one yet — you are conditioning yourself to become one. The second one: 'If you believe it, you will achieve it. If you continuously think about your goals, you will eventually reach them.'"

"It may be silly, but when I think of a mantra or 'words to live by', I always think of a saying my mother and grandmother always told me when I was whining about something: 'Can't never could.' I never had a comeback for that one! And now when I find myself pouting because some project isn't going the way I think it should, that saying pops into my mind and gets me going.

"Don't remember who said this, but here it is: 'The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.' It helps me remember that my talents are worthwhile, even in my moments of self-doubt.

"I began collecting quotes when I was a college student. Now that I work at a university, I share my quotes with everyone, not just my students. I print out my favorites and put them on my office door, my bulletin board, attach quotes to my email signature and use them in class projects. I love inspirational quotes and find that sharing them truly makes me feel good. My favorite for my student leaders: 'Do not follow where the path may lead.Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.' —Emerson."

"My aunt taught me this when I was a little bitty girl because I was very introverted and hated going to parties and other social gatherings. I'd always say, 'But, it's no fun! It's just a bunch of standing around!' Then she'd say, "You take your party with you. You go expecting to have a good time and you make it a good time by what you do. Don't wait for other people to make your life fun.'"

"Here's one I live by: 'The difference between what we are doing and what we are capable of doing would solve most of the world's problems.' —Mahatma Gandhi."

"A bend in the road is not the end of the road — unless you fail to make the turn."

"Being able to manage uncertainty is what separates those who prosper in business and spirit."

"I am very guilty of allowing fear to get in the way of my personal success. Now that I am committed to making a career change in the near future, I find myself repeating the words from the Holy Bible, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' Just repeating that biblical verse reminds me that there is a powerful force that is capable of doing the impossible. I can rely on his strength and I am powerful. I am strong."

"I have a small, framed picture on my desk that reminds me: 'Lord, help me remember that nothing will happen today that we can't handle together.' A simple yet powerful thought!"

"Treat yourself well."

"My mantra is, 'Om nama shivaya,' which means, 'I bow to my inner self.' A friend of mine's mother, a woman whose strength and positive outlook I greatly admire, gave it to me. This mantra reminds me that in all my daily dealings, in everything I do in my life, I must always remain true to myself."

"'Breathe in … breathe out …' It started with a day when I found myself literally holding my breath I was so stressed over a situation I could only watch. So, when I can do nothing else, I remind myself to breathe because all the rest will take care of itself."

"'There are two ways of spreading light: To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.' This quote always comes into my mind. It's comforting because although I may not always actively promote change or goodness, and although I may not always take wise or creative steps, I can still internalize these values and quietly but consistently influence those around me. This line is from a poem by Edith Wharton, 'Vesalius in Zante'

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