My father was a keen and soulful observer of human nature. And wry. Of all the great lines and scenes in Woody Allen’s classic comedy “Annie Hall,” his favorite was the one by a Hollywood partygoer (Jeff Goldblum) who calls his guru to declare, “I forgot my mantra.”
I’ve had a lot more success with my mantras. I accumulate them as I need them, and the new year always offers the opportunity to add to the repertoire. Last year was “flow,” and the year before was “momentum.” Oldies but goodies: “one thing at a time” and “live and learn.”
I spent last week considering the past year and the new one, strategizing (more about that in the next blogpost). And creating a new mantra. I’ve settled on “Ask for it.” I’m a high-autonomy gal, but as a solopreneur, that’s not really a useful way of being. As I tell my coaching clients, there comes a time when we need to replace outworn strategies, regardless of how successful they’ve been in the past. Wish me luck!
Thanks to everyone who shared their 2011 mantras with me. What’s yours? Tell us by clicking on the “Leave a Comment” link below.
“When it’s over, it’s over.” – Brenda Collier
“Be here in the now” – Mary Day Long
“What would your future self tell you?” – John Daly
“Focus and recommit to what’s important” – Melita Glavin
“I deserve the best life has to offer” – Deborah Herriage
“I’m free to live my best life!” – Cindy Chin
“I am joy” – Sheree Scarborough
“If you ‘know’ and do nothing, it’s like ‘not knowing” – Lisa Johnson