When life feels hard, the energy feels heavy, and you feel like you want to quit. Sound familiar? You’re not alone.
Fall down seven times, get up eight.Japanese Proverb
This famous proverb is also the title of a book, Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism, written in 2015 and credited to Japanese author Naoki Higashida who has severe autism and who’s verbal communication skills are limited. Even still, he was able to communicate by pointing at letters on an alphabet chart. In spite of his challenge, he didn’t quit!
Not quitting means choosing to improve emotions, life, and spiritual alignment. This is a deeply conscious choice!
It’s mental stamina that enables you to pull from the deepest part of yourself!
As with most things, mental stamina comes with PRACTICE. With practice, your mindset becomes stronger where you eventually and innately choose the right choice (and not just what’s convenient and easy in the moments that really count in your life). This was a HUGE TAKE-AWAY when I showed my community exactly how to do this in a practical and immediately effective way in my e-reader, Your Energy Makeover.
Oh boy! COVID19 feels like our world has gone a bit topsy turvy. Make no mistake, I have my low moments, too! But those lows are temporary and not a permanent state.
As with anything, the ability to shift out of a low and into an elevated state takes willpower to do it (no matter what’s happening around you). It comes with PRACTICE.
Because 2020 has felt more like a crazy rollercoaster, then having the mental stamina is tough to muster consistently if you haven’t had enough practice. You can’t recall it if you’ve never had it to begin with.
You can, however, improve your own mental stamina (and it doesn’t have to be difficult)!
The simple practices (below) can help you develop your mental stamina. As you read through them, I encourage you to pay attention to your body signals. The one you feel will be the one that works best for you!
1. Begin an easy mantra meditation practice.
A mantra meditation is a dedicated phrase or set of words that brings the practitioner (that’s you) closer to your goals. Mantra helps you free your mind. Literally, in Sanskrit, “man” translates to mind, and “tra” means to free from.
TIP: I recommend using a mantra using the Sanskrit language because it’s a language that’s unfamiliar to you and so, you’ll naturally stay focused in your meditation practice to pronounce it.
I have 2 AMAZING recommendations for you…
- Aham Prema (ah-hem-pree-mah). Translated, it means, “I am Divine Love.” My friends the world needs more love from you! The more you feel it, the more you raise your vibration! The more you improve what you vibrate, then you’ll improve what you invite into your life. The good vibes will flow into all other areas of life, too!
- Om Mani Padme Hum (ohm-mah-nee-pahd-may-huum). Translated it means, “I am the embodiment of compassion.” When you feel this about yourself, you naturally become more relaxed. This is the kind of energy that EXPANDS love and kindness. Embodying compassion naturally creates a feeling of greater fulfillment in your life and supports your growth and healing, too!
Get up early (before your normal wake time) and do a different style of meditation that’ll help you shake things up to wake things up! Above all, this is about YOU bringing physicality to the energy you wish to create!
Building your mental stamina by way of a mantra meditation practice brings kind and loving energy to your intention. The mental, emotional, and energetic stamina you seek will make it’s way into your life especially when life happens.
2. Sit up straight.
In other words, STOP slouching. Handheld devices and our digital world has most everyone looking down.
Doctors have termed this as “text neck.” The condition occurs because the joints and tissue in the neck are not built to be flexed or hunched forward and down staring at a screen for long periods of time. It can lead to loss of curvature in your spine which in turn could cause debilitating pain that can last a lifetime! No bueno!!!!!
Use your smartphone in smart ways! Set up several reminders or alarms every day at random times to signal a check on your posture.
Then simply sit up.
Give yourself bonus points if you sit up and smile, too. 😄
Remember, you want to build your mental stamina, so no excuses! You can sit up anywhere, anytime.
3. Improve your communication.
What do you say out of habit that can improve? I’ve shared this tip so many times with my personal development and coaching circles and STILL I hear phrases like, “I guess” or “no problem” or “the problem is…” CLICK HERE to read more about common phrases that limit your abundance.
Everything is energy and energy is EVERYTHING.
If you want the Universe to improve what She delivers to you, then do as much as you can to clear up your own energetic signal to the Universe, first.
Evaluate your habitual language, vocabulary use, and your responses.
Some things to consider include:
- State clearly with YES or NO responses (and do so without explanation). Eliminate any guesswork from your communication.
- Do you go into meetings highlighting problems or are you a solution-oriented conversation starter? Each one creates a very different outcome.
4. Create a temptation.
I have seen this recommendation often in the coaching world. Create a purposeful temptation that feels ABUNDANT and puts you in the driver’s seat!
Example: Withdraw cash and put it in your wallet, then place yourself in an area where you are tempted to spend it—but don’t spend it! You know you can buy it (abundance of cash in your wallet), but choose not to (managing your energy). This builds your mental stamina by creating purposefully delayed gratification.
Risk missing out and instant gratification to achieve something greater later. Delayed gratification is a well-documented success trait of the wealthy and an exercise in self-mastery. Increase your mental stamina for something greater later over short-term temporary joy. You can do this!
Uncertainty is a part of life. And so, the practice to improve your mental stamina now will support you especially when life feels uncertain.
Uncertain times don’t last (they never do).
Life and life plans are better when they’re fluid and open-ended and open for improvements along the way.
Uncertain times ensure your growth (that’s a good thing)—so help yourself by improving your mental stamina for them with simple and practical practices.
Until next time…
Explore, Expand, Enjoy!