Mantras to Stay Positive: Shine bright with these 3 quotes

For the last few years, I’ve been complimented on my positive energy and ability to carry my sunshine with me. Although I’m nowhere near unbreakable, I stay happy, satisfied, and okay with the general state of the universe. How do I do it? By using these mantras to stay positive. Try out these three quotes to shape your mentality and shift your perspective.

3 mantras to stay positive

The best project you’ll ever work on is you.

An image of Jessica from Get Two Fit doing a forearm stand, with the quote, "The best project you'll ever work on is you," one of our favorite mantras to stay positive.

This was the first graphic I created for Get Two Fit – for a reason. It is one of my favorite inspiring quotes, not only for fitness, but also in my day-to-day life. I consider myself the most important part of my life – my priority. You have to take care of yourself. Remember to invest in yourself. Push yourself to bigger and greater things. Choose you.

Some in storm…

Willa Cather offers one of the best pieces of advice to live by. This quote guides my life and shapes my perception of otherwise difficult times:

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.

Cather’s quote has stuck with me since my teenage years. It keeps me grounded. I don’t feel hopeless when the going gets rough. Instead, I ask myself how I can use otherwise negative experiences to learn a lesson I’d otherwise miss out on.

It just means you have legs

Tara Stiles became a major influence in my life when I was starting to learn about yoga. Over the years, she has taught me more than most other people – and I’m not just referring to trikonasana. She taught me her best lesson while I was following along to one of her many yoga videos.

One fateful afternoon, I was standing in a particularly challenging asana – perhaps eagle pose – and struggling through it. I was about to give up and take a break. And then her voice broke through:

“If your legs are shaking, that’s okay. It just means you have legs.”

I held out for the last 20 seconds of the pose.

My outlook changed wildly – across my entire life. I truly heard what she had said. When you’re stressed out, when you feel like giving up, when you feel hopeless, afraid, angry, sad, or even like your entire world is ending, it’s okay. It means that you’re still alive. You still feel. Something in your world is not how it should be, and you should take it seriously. But you’re still here. You have the opportunity to fix it, to grow, and to move forward. Don’t let the feelings, the burning, the pain, the shaking overwhelm you. Never interpret these as the end or a reason to give up. Just acknowledge that you have legs.

Do you use mantras to stay positive? Have you found yourself coming back to a specific quote that helps you keep your head held high? Help one of your fellow readers improve his or her life by sharing it in the comments below! Don’t forget to follow Get Two Fit on Instagram for more inspirational quotes!

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  1. George says:

    I like these mantras and your write-up about them. There are certain phrases from my church’s basic “daily devotions” that help me especially when I use them in the morning before work or when I arrive to work. One is a pair of sentences taken from Isaiah (26:3; 30:15): “Oh God, you will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are fixed on you; for in returning and rest we shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be our strength.” A de-stress activity I do is, on one or both of my work breaks, is to color in my “adult coloring book” for 10 minutes. Colored pencils! This gets my mind out of over-thinking or stress mode.

    • I love that verse! I can see it being incredibly helpful for staying calm. I haven’t given the adult coloring books a shot yet – but I do love a good children’s coloring book and some crayon time (we try and act a fool on the weekends so we keep our sense of wonder).

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