Getting Into the Right Mindset
When preparing for the new year, it’s essential to get into the right attitude. The burst of productive energy is incredible at the turn of a new year, but without the right direction, that energy can fizzle out and leave you feeling ineffective. That’s why I love coming up with mantras to help me orient myself towards my goals. I’m particularly happy with my 2018 mantra and I can’t wait to use it to make progress in the new year!
Last Year’s Mantra
First, I want to talk about last year’s mantra a bit. I went into 2017 with the mantra “Done Not Perfect” to help me tackle my suffocating perfectionism. I used to struggle with my goals because I either never finished a project or never even started out of the fear that it wouldn’t be perfect. Thankfully, my 2017 mantra did the trick. When I found myself fretting about starting, working on, or finishing a project, I would say my mantra out loud and get into the work.
Due to this mantra, 2017 was a year of immense progress. I finished old projects, set new goals, and stopped fearing my own failures so much. That led to a ton of learning experiences and growth that simply wouldn’t have happened if I had continued my perfectionist tendencies. So all of this is to say that I fully am on board with the whole mantra thing.
My 2018 Mantra
This year, I want to embrace the spirit of the tortoise with the mantra “Slow and Steady”. I have been struggling with terrible anxiety lately because I have extremely high expectations for myself and goals don’t happen overnight. There are so many things I want to work on – both personally and professionally. But everything takes time to work, and I forget that sometimes. It’s frustrating to have to deal with the molasses-like nature of progress when I want to be there now.
“Slow and Steady” is a reminder for me to enjoy the journey and be more kind to myself. I am not Wonder Woman, and I need time to better myself and achieve my goals. I want my 2018 mantra to help me focus on my goals with steely determination and have patience with the process.
Instead of lettering out my 2018 mantra, I decided to draw the animal that inspired me. I particularly enjoyed drawing, lining, and coloring the tortoise because it gave me time to zone out and think about the mantra in a deeper way. There’s nothing like drawing repetitive lines to help you zero in on your mantra and imagine all the ways you will rock the new year.
I drew the tortoise out in pencil, then lined him with a variety of Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens. After I was satisfied with my linework, I painted him with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors using a Pentel Aquash Water Brush Pen.
I decided to go with a blue and green theme (both for my 2018 mantra and for the whole 2018 bullet journal set up) because those colors symbolize growth, calm, and healing. That’s exactly what I need to bring into my life, and I loved adding those sentiments to everything as I worked.
As 2018 begins and brings all the potential of a new year, I am excited to start working on my goals. I know that with my 2018 mantra, I can be patient and have the determination to land my goals for the new year. It’s a new chapter of my life, and with the right attitude, I know that it will be one of the best chapters yet.
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