“Inhale confidence, exhale doubt”

Caught that quote at the end of an email from a reader (thx Nikeya!) and been trying to practice it all week :)

When I’m walking down the street after a tough morning…

“Inhale confidence, exhale doubt”

When I’m wrangling my kids away from the toy section mid-breakdown…

“Inhale confidence, exhale doubt”

When I’m battling stores to get my long lost furniture I paid for!

“Inhale confidence, exhale doubt!”

Such a simple line, yet even more empowering.

You should try it over the weekend and see how it affects you :)

Other good times to repeat it in life:

  • When you step into a meeting you have to present in
  • When you head onto a podcast/panel/interview
  • When you’re trying to score that raise you KNOW you’ve earned all year
  • When you get your budget going again after the 9th failed attempt!
  • When you’re pulling an all-nighter for that major exam tomorrow
  • When you’re out there hustling for your first client
  • When you’re itching to ask out that pretty lass/lad at the coffee shop ;) (the “twenty seconds of insane courage” idea works well here too! Courtesy of the movie “We Bought a Zoo,” lol…)
  • When you get into some good bartering at a yard sale/Craigslist
  • And basically, a great line to repeat *any time* you’re in need of a good boost

Doesn’t fix all your problems, but it just might do the trick for re-setting your mind for a hot minute!

And if all else fails, just remember this:

meat skeleton


Enjoy the ride ;)

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  1. Chris @ Mindful Explorer December 13, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Intentionally breathing allows us to slow everything down, to listen to ourselves and to release the unwanted energy in our bodies. This should be a daily practice for everyone and adding in the mantra as stated above surely doesn’t hurt.
    Have a great weekend

    1. J. Money December 13, 2019 at 3:33 PM

      You too, brother! Yoga for the mind!

  2. J December 13, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    I think I like the more morbid “You are a ghost…” line the best! :-) Although, I picture said ghost driving a meat coated skeleton riding a rock through space with it’s head tilted back laughing maniacally!

    1. J. Money December 13, 2019 at 3:34 PM


      My kids the other day told me that we all have skeleton guys living inside us and they weren’t wrong :)

  3. Scarlet December 13, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    I have been trying something very similar. Inhale joy. Exhale anxiety. I think it really helps. I mean breathing helped me get through two home births so it certainly has power. I can sometimes feel myself fighting it and sometimes feel myself eagerly giving in.

    1. J. Money December 13, 2019 at 4:10 PM

      Yeah you women are strong with any type of child birth!!

      But I like that version too – Inhale Joy. A little more positive feeling actually :)

  4. Amelia @ TheUsefulRoot December 16, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Love it. The inhale/exhale AND the meat coated skeleton :D

    1. J. Money December 16, 2019 at 3:13 PM

      It’s not wrong! :)