Oprah recently shared her mantra at a commencement speech. Not her mission statement, not a slogan, not a tag-line, but her mantra. It’s a powerful one!
If you aren’t sure what a mantra is, well… it’s hard to replace that word with any other. A mantra is a statement that prompts deep reflection on a purposeful statement meant to move you into a state of calm and order. Some consider it a state of prayer, but I think it is even more than that. It’s something I have relied on for years. I share one in the “E’s of Selling Art System”. I had several in my more formative years.
But when I heard the commencement speech by Oprah, it struck me that I had lost track of my main mantra. I had a one-size-fits-all mantra for years, but I kind of lost track of it. When I thought about it, I realized that my mantra got “lost” because I didn’t need it anymore.
But I am pretty sure that I need one again. I think most of us will have an easier time in life with one than without one. So, I am digging around for another one. One that will stick and make a real impact when I summon it to my future moments of need.
Getting it to stick is the key. Getting a statement to live and breathe into the deepest crevices of your mind, is key. Finding a mantra that you can count on to bring you to your “senses” is not only important, but it can also change your life around. I have several examples in this episode.
So, what mantra did Oprah share at a 2019 commencement speech?
“Everything is always working out for me.”
On its face, it’s powerful, but I realized that, for me, it’s not quite fitting where I am in my life. It would have been better during tougher times or times of great change, but my life (today) is very steady. Not perfect, but not scary or difficult. Nothing like what a college graduate might be going through. So…I don’t “feel” the need for the power of that statement for my life at this time.
And so, I bring my journey to this week’s episode. I suggest you have your thinking cap pulled on tightly and try to remain as undistracted as possible. If you have a specific mantra that helps you – guides you through tough times – and are willing to share, please scroll to the comments and add your voice.
Oh… and… you can have more than one! That’s what I discovered along the way and that is what I share in the many examples in the podcast this week.
And, yes…it will help you “Find Loving Homes for Your Art”, too! Enjoy!
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