Do You Use Mottos to Overcome Obstacles in Life?

What about adopting a motto for 2018? In a culture that seems to be anti-New Year’s resolution, have you considered how a personalized motto might help you achieve your goals?

What is a Motto?

A motto is short and very specific phrase that can easily be remembered and repeated.  It is used to convey a message with few words.  It is a quick, go-to phrase that becomes a theme for a specific time in your life.  Mottos can change as you change and your success/struggles change.

“A motto is a maxim adopted as an expression of the guiding principle of a person, organization, city, etc.”

How to Use Personal Mottos

While mottos are used for groups and organizations to draw attention to a cause…a personal motto is for the individual.  It is useful as self-encouragement, a personal pep talk or to change bad thoughts into positive thoughts.  Last year in my post Mottos to Calm My Anxious Heart I shared how I used mottos to specifically attack my anxiety.  Mottos can give you courage, strength, and remind you of what your goals are.  

Examples of Personal Mottos

I have used mottos over the past 2 years.  My mottos are specific to calming anxiety, moving forward in life and focusing on trusting God.  They are my go-to phrases when I am faced with challenges and they have a calming effect on me.  My mottos carry a theme that God laid on my heart…an area of personal growth.

“God already knew this was going to happen.  If He knew it, then He prepared me in advance to handle it.” 2016

“Do everything I can, do my best and leave the results to God.” 2017

For 2018, my new motto continues with the theme of trusting God and letting go of anxiety. Worry and doubt have led my life for too many years.  I have decided to trust God instead.  My new 2018 motto is “I choose to trust God.”  When challenging times come or I am faced with overwhelming anxiety or fear I will whisper to myself…”I choose to trust God.”

“I choose to TRUST God.” 2018

Do You Have a Motto this Year?  If Not, Will You Create One?

If you have a motto, please share it!  I would love to hear about it.  If you don’t have one, it is easy to create one.  Consider these things when deciding upon your motto:

  • Is there a particular struggle you have over and over again and you want to overcome it this year? In my example it is anxiety, worry and doubt.  But it could be anything…a sharp tongue, anger, over eating, over analyzing, lack of motivation, sadness, lack of exercise, lack of budgeting or financial freedom, past issues, etc…
  • What can you control? In my example, I can control my choice to give into my anxiety or to choose to trust God. Some things that are in your control are your attitude and the choice about how you respond to situations.  Many things are beyond our control so leave those out of your motto…you can’t do anything about them anyway.
  • Scripture can be very useful for mottos too.  If you cannot think of one, you can always adopt a Bible verse.  For example:

“For nothing is impossible with God.”  Luke 1:37 

  • Allow God’s Word to inspire a motto.  For example:

“I am worthy because God loves me.”

Start This Year with a Personal Motto

I can’t wait to hear what your motto is.  Please share: Do you use mottos or is this your first time?  What is your motto?  Solider on into 2018 brave ones!! #FindYourBrave!!

Sincerely with Hugs,


#FindYourBrave #FindForwardMovement

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