As many people take a few weeks away from work today, tiredness seems to be the word of the month, and rather than a question, I’m sharing this powerful mantra with you.

For some clients, I encourage the creation of a mantra, personal to them. For others, it’s a reminder of their No.1 value, or it’s their golden thread of who they are.

Whatever it is, the phrase that comes to mind when I think of this is courage comes compassion. Because every person, every business, and everything you have worked with throughout my life, that produces incredible results and happiness, uses courage and compassion.

During my recovery this year, I came across Ho’oponopono; an ancient Hawaiian spiritual practice that involves learning to heal all things by accepting “Total Responsibility” for everything that surrounds us. It encapsulates my description of Shape Your Future, and being a Futurist. How we are, how we act, how we be – every moment of every day.

We are all responsible – collectively and individually.

This mantra doesn’t take long. It’s the art of repetitiveness that is the skill. You can read more about Dr Ihaleakala Hew Len, the creator and the story behind Ho’oponopono on the internet.

Here, I share this, as a beautiful way to release stuckness – bought up in frustration, tension, hurdles, aches, and pains, for example.

I personally use it in the morning as I get up and stretch out my aches and pains, and to forgive myself for my past decisions – yes we all have things where we think we haven’t done the right thing!

This mantra, is simple, easy to remember, and something you can build in your own routine.

There are four steps, and the key to these steps is ‘I’. Remember to breathe in and breathe out the action, as a mark of letting those thoughts go.

Step 1: I’M SORRY

You are responsible for everything in your mind and you acknowledge that you are responsible for those thoughts, aches or pains, or stuckness. Whatever it is that you, underneath feel remorse for.


Forgiving yourself is the second part of acknowledgment.


Thank you – a powerful word for gratitude. You could say thank you for your mind, body, and heart. A simple thank you (without overthinking it) is powerful enough.

Step 4: I LOVE YOU

Self-love is self-compassion. Connecting your head with your heart creates a powerful connection. I liken it to connecting electricity. You may come up with your own metaphor.

This is courageous compassion. And courageous is the body of shifting your future, starting with the present.

I’m sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.
I love you.

Give it a try to help ease you through the festive period, whether you are working, cooking up a feast, caring for others, or taking time out. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Save the image below to your phone and remind yourself of the mantra each morning, evening, or when you would like to create the space.