Staying focused in the chaos of everyday life is a real challenge.

To keep your health at the top of your mind, you have to make it a daily priority. A great way to do this is to repeat a word or phrase when things get tough. In meditation, mantras are used to help aid in concentration.

Some of my favorite quotes I also consider mantras, because they are easily remembered and repeated through the day. Post one or more of these, or create your own to help you stay on track every day.

Life is the sum of all your choices.

This phrase is my favorite for people who beat themselves up over mistakes. It’s also my favorite for a person who has a very long journey ahead. Making one choice at a time, and realizing that good choices accumulate, is a great strategy for success.

Every journey begins with a single step. I suggest this mantra over the first for people who are having a hard time getting started. Sometimes the goal seems so far away, which can make it hard to get motivated to begin.

You are more than the number on a scale. I love a mantra that encourages thoughts of strength and confidence. Remind yourself daily that a scale only measures your physical weight, not what you are capable of.

What happens to you isn’t as important as what happens IN you. I’ve heard this said in many different ways. When you focus on what is happening around you more than how you are progressing, it can be hard to stay positive. Say this phrase over and over and see how it helps you recognize how much you are changing.

When the work is hard, progress is made. I don’t know of anyone who finds hard work fun, but the result of pushing hard shows us the value of doing one more repetition at the gym or staying up five minutes longer to prep lunch for tomorrow. When you think you have nothing left, it is your mind telling you no. Press on. Hard work will get easier.

Today, not tomorrow. Procrastination allows failure, and it fuels laziness. Don’t wait to be ready for the change, because you’ll likely never want to get started. There won’t be a better chance tomorrow, especially if you allow procrastination mode to set in.

Breathe. This one’s easy to say, remember and do. It may be the best mantra of all, because it encourages mindfulness, reduces stress and creates energy.

Jill Koegel is a sports-certified registered dietitian, certified personal trainer and owner of Certified Nutrition of Omaha. She blogs regularly for livewellnebraska.com.

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