They can keep us from our goals. They can play havoc on our self-esteem just by the sheer height, width, and density of what they are made of. Physical walls can be eventually scaled, climbed or blown up. It just takes some work.
What about the ones we can’t see or hear? The ones that come in the form of negative words? Or dirty looks from those who don’t have our best interest in mind. Those walls I believe are the worst and take an emotional toll on us.
These invisible walls are always directly on our path to achievement. And many times we think that it’s easier to turn around and go the way we came. But not today. Today we destroy walls and any other obstacles in our path.
How do we do that? How do we figure out a way to overcome these formidable structures hindering from pursuing our greatness?
What is that you ask? Mantras were originally used in Hinduism and Buddhism. It is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. Or simply a statement or slogan repeated frequently.
You see we can create our own mantras to help us through these difficult times. Something you can say to yourself when you come up against one of your walls or obstacles.
I grew up here in North Carolina for two years and finished high school about an hour from where I live now (Westover Wolverines!). But for the first eleven years of my military career I lived and worked all over the world and couldn’t get back to North Carolina. Well, I knew exactly why but I was in denial.
I need to jump out of airplanes. The U.S. Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations Forces call Fayetteville, North Carolina home I knew that I wanted to apart of one of these organizations one day before I retired. But to do that I had to conquer my fear of jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.
So the weekend before airborne school started I stumbled upon my mantra. It simply read:
Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path.
I knew that the three-week airborne school was the obstacle. I knew that my fear of heights was the other. I knew that I just had to have faith in myself and my ability to accomplish this goal. I was physically fit but just needed to make sure my mental stated matched.
Every morning when I woke up at 4 a.m. I repeated my mantra the entire time to myself. Even on my walk to the school, which was about a five-minute walk from where I was living at the time. I would say my mantra under my breath when I felt my aching muscles from the day before’s grueling training.
When I completed the school three weeks later and my then young daughter (Hey Lucia!) pinned my airborne wings on me, I said it to myself again.