Updated 26 January 2016

UltimateYou challenge Day 19: Create a positive mantra

Welcome to Day 19 of the Free 30-Day Ultimate You Healthy Habits Challenge brought to you by Sleekgeek and Health24!


On this 30 day challenge you will receive one task daily to complete in order to help you eat, move, think, and sleep better.

Today’s task is to create a positive mantra

Who is your worst critic?

Think about it for a second (hint: it isn’t Joe from the office, or your mother in law, or even your boss). You guessed it! Your worst critic is YOU!

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Every time you stand in front of the mirror, that inside voice guides your eyes to that part of you that you don’t really like (or the bits of yourself that you hate) and that inside voice speaks to you in a way that you would never allow someone else to speak to you. We bet that if you had R10 for every time you’ve spoken negatively to yourself you would be sailing on a yacht in the Caribbean right now instead of sitting at your desk.

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The problem with this kind of negative thinking is that it impacts your life in more ways than you realise. Words are incredibly powerful. They shape the way you view the world.

Your challenge for today is to create the habit of a positive inner dialogue - starting with a mantra which you need to repeat to yourself all day today.

Why do positive affirmations work?

- The more you tell yourself something, the easier it is for you to believe it.

- Creating a positive inner dialogue strengthens your self esteem and boosts confidence

- When you are self assured and your inside voice is on your side, you tend to take outside criticism as constructive instead of personally.

In case you missed these:

Day 1: Eat slowly and mindfully

Day 2: Move 6,000 steps

Day 3: List 5 things that you are grateful for

How to complete today’s task:

1. Write down a simple sentence that speaks to you personally. The sentence needs to be a statement - something that can’t be questioned.

For example:

- I am powerful beyond measure.

- I choose to be happy.

- Every day I become more and more successful.

- I am loving and I am loved.

- I will succeed at all things I choose to do.

- I love my life.

- I am strong, healthy and powerful.

In case you missed these:

Day 4: No caffeine after 1pm

Day 5: Eat green veggies with dinner

Day 6: Do 50 Squats

Your mantra can be ANYTHING that resonates with you. Even if you don’t 100% believe it yet, trust me, the more you say it, the more you will feel it.

2. Repeat your new mantra to yourself OFTEN. Say it in front of the mirror to yourself (Bonus: Smile when you say it, your brain acknowledges it more) You might feel a little silly - but what have you got to lose?

3. Write your mantra on a post it note, or in your diary, or on your calendar. Make it super visible. Say it to yourself every time your eyes land on it.

4. Every time you feel a negative thought creeping in, combat it with your mantra. You will be AMAZED at how many times you talk down to yourself! Use your mantra!

Need some more inspiration? Watch this positive affirmation champion:

This habit might make you feel a little silly at first, but some of the top athletes, entrepreneurs and celebrities swear by positive affirmations and mantras. If they can do it, you can too.


You can sign up for FREE here: Ultimate You 

In case you missed these:
Day 15: Tell someone how much they mean to you

Day 16: No electronic screens 2 hours before bed

Day 17: Eat a healthy lunch

See you tomorrow for your next healthy habit.


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