Mantras for Creatives
Now that 2020 is behind us, it’s time for a fresh start. With these mantras for creatives, you can learn to take control of your thoughts and make 2021 one of your best years yet!
What is a mantra?
Humans have used mantras for thousands of years. The Hindus are one of the first people known to use them and many use first mantra, believed to be ॐ (Om), around the world to facilitate a calmness within one’s body and mind. The practice and belief behind mantras is that they are a feeling and a source of power, a way to let the universe know what you desire and to keep both your conscious and unconscious mind focused on your dreams and goals. People Around the world use mantras, such as athletes striving to beat their personal records, nurses who are struggling under the stress of their jobs, and students who want to do well on their tests. Regardless if they actually are a source of power or not, scientists agree that using your mind as a tool to help you achieve your goals, wholly and truthfully believing in yourself, has shown positive effects. Fearing for the worst, catastrophizing, has a debilitating effect on the results of an outcome.
Why are mantras for creatives important?
You may be starting to understand the power of mantras, realizing how they can play an important role in your life. Let’s dig a little deeper though and discover why mantras for creatives are even more important than you initially thought.
Imagine this: you are working on a piece for a local art show. Your entire life you have overflowed with ideas and now, there’s nothing. As hard as you try, there’s nothing inspiring you. You find yourself blocked, scrolling through your phone and staring at the window when you should be painting. As the deadline to submit your piece draws near, you spend every free moment stressing. The fear of failing has you in its grasp. Then you remember something your art teacher said, “If you’re ever stuck in your art, just remind yourself ‘I am a spark and through me, my art is born.’ ” While that little saying sounded silly to you years ago, you find it giving you the drive to paint. That saying, that mantra, gave you what you needed to push pass your fear and worries and create your masterpiece.
Writing your own mantra
Now that you understand mantras and how important mantras for creatives are, it’s time for you to write your own. Yes, I’m giving you homework on the first Tuesday of the year, but bear with me. While general mantras are great, especially when you’re too anxious and stressed to hear your own thoughts, mantras work even better when they’re personal.
Step 1: Journal
First things first, you need to decide what you want in your life. What is your biggest goal right now? Do you want to publish a book? Grow your business? Sell more art prints? I recommend taking the time to sit down and journal about this. The goal is to figure out what your strongest desire is. While, at first, you may think you know what you want, you need to dig deeper and figure out the why behind the desire. For example, you may believe your desire is to make $100,000 a year off your art. However, after you journal, the why behind that desire may appear as wanting to avoid the stress of having to live paycheck-to-paycheck. Really dig deep and keep asking yourself why until you discover the real, underlying desire.
Step 2: Write your mantras
Now that you know your why behind your desire, it’s time to write out your mantra(s) to help you get in the right mindset to achieve your dreams and goals. While this might seem intimidating at first, it’s a lot easier than you may think. Let’s continue with the above example. After journaling and discovering the why is avoiding living paycheck-to-paycheck, you’ll want to turn that into a short sentence. This why may turn into something simple like “I can create the life I want to live.” It could also be more complex such as “My fears do not control my life. I am in control of the life I create.” While this second mantra is longer, it conveys a more personal message than the former. Take some time with this step, write as many versions as you need until you find something that clicks with you. You’ll see in the next step why shorter mantras are better than longer ones, but do what feels right to you.
Step 3: Repeat, repeat, repeat
This last step is both the easiest and the most difficult one to do. You need to repeat your mantra to yourself as often as you can. Don’t just say it in your head, but say it out loud. Whisper it to yourself when you’re in the office, sing it in the shower, scream it in the car. Whenever you’re stressed, anxious, or fearing you won’t achieve your goals, repeat your mantra. You may need to set reminders on your phone and make your mantra your lock screen background, but after a while, repeating your mantra will become second nature. What you want is for your mantra to become your driving force, allowing your conscious and subconscious mind to work together to push you toward your goal when you might not have the drive yourself.
20 mantras for creatives to get you started
If you don’t have the time or emotional bandwidth right now to write your own mantra(s) here’s a list of 20 to get you started. They won’t be as personal as the ones you write yourself, but they can provide inspiration in either writing your own or as a way to jumpstart your motivation.
Mantras for Writers
- My writing will touch the hearts of readers.
- The world will be a better place because of my stories.
- My writing gets better every day I write. I will write amazing stories.
- The stories I write will support me as I delve into the other worlds I create.
- My books will inspire others to chase their dreams and make the world a better place.
Mantras for Artists
- With every brushstroke, I make the world a better place.
- My pencils can take lead and paper and turn them into an emotion.
- Creating is my joy and sharing it with others is a gift I can give to the world.
- The canvas is my friend and it will help me bring my ideas to life.
- There are no “bad” paintings, only learning experiences.
Mantras for Creative Entrepreneurs
- I will create the life I want to live through my business
- My business will improve the lives of others.
- I am unique in my beliefs and desires.
- My desire to help others shine through in my courses and ebooks.
- I am making a difference with my business and following my dreams.
- Following my dreams and building my business is what I’m meant to do in life.
- The only person who needs to believe in me is me.
- I don’t need spontaneity in my business to be realistically me.
- Planning out my days doesn’t make my business less real, it makes my goals more true.
- Being me is all I need to be.
Will you write your own mantras for creatives?
The biggest thing about mantras is you have to believe they’ll work. Mantras work with you to help you create your dream life. You can’t expect them to do all the work, you need to put in as much work as you can.
Do you have any mantras for creatives you’ve written? Feel free to leave them in the comments below or share them with me on Twitter and Instagram!