There is no denying the fact that life is full of great challenges, difficult times that each of us must face in order to move forward towards our goals and dreams. No one can take this journey for you, and so you must make the effort to find the strength within to stand stall and keep pressing forward, even when it’s hard.

Mantras, or positive affirmations, have been used for centuries to assist us in doing just that. The energy that we welcome into our lives will influence how we think, feel, act and react. If you are allowing yourself to welcome negativity, this will, in turn, manifest with negative experiences and difficulties. However, if you choose to permit only positive energy to take up residence in your mind, heart and soul then you will manifest success, happiness, and joy in all that you do.

While there are many different techniques for attracting positive energy, the use of positive affirmations works on the idea that whatever we focus on will, in time, come to pass. For example, if you are trying to be strong in the face of danger, telling yourself repeatedly that you are a warrior, truly taking this statement to heart, will result in the discovery of your own inner courage as you rise to the task at hand becoming the warrior that you claim to be. This can be applied in all areas of our lives.

Here are 14 powerful mantras for personal healing and transformation:

#1 – I choose to feel good about myself every day.

If you have been struggling with depression, anxiety or any other mental or emotional burden, this is a great way to start your morning. Stand in front of the mirror, smile and recite these words aloud, looking at yourself straight in the eyes.

#2 – I am effortlessly creating a life I love.

There is nothing more rewarding and fulfilling than living a life that you can feel truly passionate about. Reciting this mantra to yourself quietly will help you to focus your time, energy and attention on achieving just this goal moving forward.

#3 – I don’t sweat the small stuff.

While we are all going to face our share of challenges in life, if that is the only thing that we focus on then we are inviting negativity to reside in our minds and in our hearts. Anytime you find yourself slipping into this type of negative thinking, repeat this mantra. This will help you to remember to let go of the smaller negativities in life, focusing instead on the reasons that we have to celebrate and be joyful.

#4 – I know I am loved and supported as I move through the day.

This is an important mantra to start your morning with as it is setting you up for the day to come. When you are getting ready, take the time to recite this in your mirror. Wrap your arms around yourself as though someone is hugging you while you say it, visualizing the love of others sweeping over you.

#5 – I am exactly where I need to be.

We spend a great deal of time worrying about what we have done in the past and if we have made any incorrect choices in life, or about the future and the direction we are headed. This specific mantra will help you to redirect this time and energy into the here and now, the only time we truly have control over.

#6 – The next perfect step is always being revealed to me.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed due to the fact that you don’t understand what to do next in life? This life can be a confusing, challenging and difficult experience, and there will be times that all you crave is guidance on your next move. Reciting this mantra with your hands in the prayer position will call on the energy of the Universe to reveal your path to you. Don’t forget to watch for the signs!

#7 – I surrender my worries to the Universe.

Holding onto your pains, worries, and concerns in life is like drinking poison and hoping that it will hurt someone else. It’s not going to help you or benefit you in any way. Instead, use this mantra to free yourself from your worries. Visualize yourself gathering up these worries and handing them over to the universe as you recite the mantra, letting them all go once and for all.

#8 – Things are always working out in my favor.

Life isn’t always fair or predictable, and when things don’t work out the way that we have hoped then it can be discouraging that this pattern will continue. Rather than allowing yourself to become frustrated or give up, recite this mantra to yourself to bring on positive energy for the future.

#9 – I am adventurous. I overcome fears by following my dreams.

The secret to a life of success and personal growth is to step outside of our personal comfort zone, facing the unknown. This is not only an uncomfortable experience, but it often causes fear and unease, however, true happiness is just on the other side. If you are facing your fears at this moment then recite this mantra to yourself, helping you to call upon your own inner strength.

#10 – This too shall pass.

If you re facing a difficult time in your life, this mantra may be exactly what you need in order to worth through it. Stop for a moment, take a deep breath and then repeat this manta quietly to yourself. This will help to give you the motivation to keep going, even when it feels impossible.

#11 – I use love to make all the decisions in my life.

This is a mantra that has been found to be most effective if used in conjunction with meditation. Place your hand over your heart while practicing mindful breathing. Slowly begin to recite the mantra either quietly to yourself or aloud, releasing its message to the Universe. Visualize your heart filling with love, the very love that will guide your decisions moving forward. When you are done, return to your mindful breathing before concluding the meditation practice.

#12 – I release my past and forgive myself.

We are all human and we all make mistakes. This is an important point to remember, as we are often our own greatest critics. If you find yourself focusing on mistakes from your past, allowing them to define who you are today, then this is the mantra for you. Place your hand over your heart while reciting it and allow yourself to mean it.

#13 – I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.

One of the biggest myths that many of us live by is that the circumstances that surround us can make us feel a specific way. While there are certainly negative and positive experiences, the only one with that kind of control is you. Repeating this mantra to yourself will remind you that you aren’t a slave to your emotions. Instead, you have the power to decide whether you are going to allow the situation to make you feel negativity, or if, instead, you are going to choose happiness in your life, letting that negativity go.

#14 – Everything I need to heal is already within me.

Place your hands over your heart, close your eyes and repeat this mantra aloud to yourself. Visualize the strength and power within yourself slowly enveloping your body, healing your pains including the physical, mental and emotional. Do this anytime you feel you need healing or find yourself doubting your own strength and abilities.

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