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10 Mantras To Live By In 2020 Because New Year's resolutions are so last decade

Stop making New Year's resolutions and try a mantra instead

Looking to make some positive changes in your life this year? Instead coming up with a list of New Year’s resolutions that will likely fail, why not pick some mantras to live by instead?

If you’ve ever resolved to stop yelling at your kids or to finally lose the baby weight, you probably know how easy it is for resolutions to fail. According to U.S. News & World Report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. That’s because we set unreasonable expectations for ourselves or goals that are hard to measure.


A mantra or positive affirmation, on the other hand, is more of a gentle reminder than a directive. “Generally speaking, affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind, to encourage us to believe certain things about ourselves or about the world and our place within it,” writes Kathryn Lively on Psychology Today.

Using positive affirmations are easy. Every day, say them out loud or write them in a journal. You can also jot them on pieces of paper that you strategically place around your house or office for maximum visibility.

To help you get started, we found 10 mantras to live by on Instagram. Pick one that resonates with your or try writing your own!

Mantras to live by in 2020: A Hard Morning Does Not Mean A Hard Rest of the Day

A hard morning does not mean a hard rest of the day

via @twentysevenlkld

Always be your best self

Always be your best self

via @madebybrookenicole

Mantras to live by in 2020: Their success is not your failure

Their success is not your failure

via @jessrachelsharp

Mantras to live by in 2020: Baby steps are still steps in the right direction

Baby steps are still steps in the right direction

via @shopsundae 

Mantras to live by in 2020: Make sure what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow

Make sure what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow

via @positivedelight

When you feel life is full of storms remember water brings cleansing and renewal

Sometimes when you feel life is full of storms remember water brings cleansing + renewal

via @blessthemessy

Asking for help is not a weakness

Asking for help is not a weakness

via @gmf.designs

Mantras to live by in 2020: Grow through everything you go throughGrow through what you go through

via @laurajaneillustrations

Mantras to live by in 2020: Your life doesn't have to be perfect to inspire people

Your life doesn’t have to be perfect to inspire people. The world needs to see you be human, not perfect.

via @theresgoodinstore

Mantras to live by in 2020: Reminder, you can say no and do so without explanation

Reminder: You can say no and do so without explanation

via @femalecollective

By PJ Feinstein

About PJ Feinstein

PJ Feinstein is the managing editor of Washington FAMILY. When she's not reporting, writing or editing, she's schlepping her two sons to their after-school activities or walking the family dog around the neighborhood. Despite being chronically sleep-deprived, she can't stop binge-watching TV and scrolling through her social media feeds late at night.

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