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Faisal Abdalla: Positive Mantras

You don’t need a deep meditation practice to reap the benefits of mantras

One of my favorite quotes is “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” That is true of everything in life. Whether you’re making changes to your mind or body — there are no shortcuts.

But here’s the good news: you have everything you need to unlock your Positive Mental Attitude — or PMA, as I call it. PMA isn’t just a nice idea, it’s a core tenet that allows you to get the most out of life.

Here are some of my favorite mantras to say out loud every day. Go ahead and steal them; you can repeat them word for word or use them as inspiration to build your own mantras.

Be the best version of you. When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see your potential, or only your shortcomings? What you should see is your competition. You will never be someone else, you will never have someone else’s abs nor their life — but you can have the best version of yourself each and every day.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Becoming the best version of you doesn’t come without buy-in from your brain. It’s not your body that sets your limits, it’s your mind. Remind yourself every day that you’re more capable than you ever thought possible. The strength of your mind can pull you through anything — truly!

Eating healthily should be enjoyable. We are pretty useless engines without the right fuel. Look for foods full of complex carbs, good proteins and healthy fats, paired up with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, don’t let those healthy foods be boring — good food can and should taste great.

What is your “why”? Your “why” isn’t just about the goals you set, it’s about why you’ve set those goals in the first place. Take a real look at why you’ve chosen your particular goals, no matter what they are. Do you want to set a good example for your family? Do you want to get the best body of your life in your 50s? Having a crystal-clear picture of what motivated you in the first place can help you stick with the tough days when the end result feels unattainable.

 

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