10/24/2014 11:33 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Easy Mantra Practice to Help Achieve Your Goals

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Sometimes, when you're feeling stuck, a mantra can help pull you out of a funk. In yoga school, I remember learning long Sanskrit mantras, most relating to one or more Hindu gods. A mantra can be more than that, however. A mantra is a motto, or words to live by. I recommend finding a mantra, in any language, that speaks to your needs. Below is a powerful mantra exercise that can be used to help you achieve success, clarity, and direction in your daily life.

Choose your mantra
Whether your mantra is "seize the day" or "om gum shrim maha lakshmiyei swaha," find one that speaks to your needs. A great resource for a Sanskrit mantra practice is Thomas Ashley-Farrand's Healing Mantras. However, don't feel pressured to choose a Sanskrit mantra if it doesn't inspire you. Your mantra may just be a positive affirmation that will give you confidence toward your goal.

Choose a schedule
As described in healing mantras, traditionally, you should chant your mantra a certain number of times for a certain number of days, usually 40. While this is a powerful practice, it might be difficult to stick to for some people. Alternately, I recommend making your mantra the home screen of your cell phone, and every time you see the mantra, say it out loud or silently to yourself. You can keep it on your home screen for the traditional 40 days, or choose your own length of time. Maybe you'd prefer to have your mantra posted on your mirror so that you say your affirmation every time you look at yourself. Choose a mantra routine that you will follow consistently. Make this mantra practice your own!

Why it works
Much like creating a vision board can help manifest your dreams as described in The Secret, a mantra practice is actively throwing out an idea into the universe. Beyond that, you are consistently reminding yourself of your goals and aspirations. If I'm seeing "seize the day" on my home screen every time I open my phone, I'm going to be more conscious of this idea when making decisions throughout the day. Should I stay home and watch tv, or go out with my friends? I better seize the day.

There are thousands of mantras out there. What do you want in your life right now? A new job? Love? Motivation? Choose a mantra and put those desires out in the universe. You'll be pleasantly surprised with the results!