Mantras for Increasing Willpower

marathon signs

Endurance is more about willpower than physical fitness. Running a marathon is 20% physical and 80% mental. Some say it’s 90% mental. The exercise and training leading up to the race really just serve to supply confidence.

It’s tough to keep going in demoralizing situations, like the 22nd mile of a marathon. Endurance athletes have a secret tool in their arsenal for when the going gets tough. It’s called a mantra.

Mantras keep the mind focused. If you’re constantly repeating your priorities to yourself, little stray voices can’t interrupt with complaints and distractions.

My favorite running mantra comes from Haruki Murakami: Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

I’m not really in pain these days, but there are other sources of misery. I still use a mantra when the world feels unpleasant:

30 years from now, I would give anything to be back in this moment.

Because life is an ultramarathon, not a sprint.

25 miles to go!
25 miles to go!

Other mantras that I like:
I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done.
The Faster You Run, The Faster You’re Done
Quitting is forever.
Who do you want to be?
If you don’t do it now, you’ll be older when you do

If there are other good ones, please share 🙂

See Also:
Best Race Signs

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s