remember | The willPower Method®

Remember to look both ways before crossing the street.
Remember to fasten your seat belt.
Remember to say please & thank you.
Remember to do your homework.
Remember to close the fridge.
Remember to make your bed.
Remember to set your alarm.
Remember to…eat.

What do you REMEMBER from your childhood? What are the key “Remember…” commands that are deeply ingrained in your psyche (as in, thanks, Mom!), your digestive cues (as in a growling tummy), or in your pain body (as in, traumatic events)? Which ones are you passing down to the next generation?

We may not be able to choose what we remember, but we can choose how we remember. Ask yourself, “Is this memory serving or enslaving me?” “Is this memory softening my heart or making it rigid?” You see, what we dwell upon, dwells in us.

Remember, you can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you.”~Unknown

This week, see how you can use your memories to propel you toward your goals…not away from them. Look both ways before crossing the next street on your journey.

  1. REMEMBER the season. Fall in (love). Fall out of (fear). Find familiarity in the seasonal change to the air, the routine, the fruit selection…and the sports lineup. Don the hoodie (unless it’s still triple-digits…boo!)
  2. REMEMBER to use your senses. Slow down the racing thinking mind by consciously turning up your sensory mind to presently see, listen, smell, touch, taste. Did you know that scents stir the most memory of all?
  3. REMEMBER to breathe. This might sound strange like a strange command at face value, but conscious breath improves the exercise, the meditation, the experience…no matter whether you are sitting at your desk, in traffic, or in a wall sit (a challenging exercise hold). Try it now…breathe in deeply through your nose and exhale slowly as you consciously tighten your midsection. (Yes, forget the waist-trainer. Bracing while exhaling is much more effective at “training” your waistline!)
  4. REMEMBER why the goal is important to you. Connect the goal to your vision. When you remember the context, you’ll stay happier and committed.
  5. REMEMBER it’s the journey that creates your most treasured moments; not one day or one finish line. It’s who you have become in the process that is the gift to yourself.
  6. REMEMBER in plank. Dedicate your plank to courageous acts of willPower and the heroes in your life…or in your memory. Your practice of willPower spills over to all areas of your life, strengthening you for the everyday…and the not-so-everyday…challenges.
  7. REMEMBER there is human tragedy, but also remember our unique role and responsibility not to proliferate tragedy. That means by not inviting it in through fear, hatred, judgement, or other negative thought patterns.
  8. REMEMBER that some things cannot hurt you anymore unless you invite them back in through thought and memory. Pay attention to triggers and self-imposed limitations, guilt, shame, or punishment resulting from memory and the subconscious mind.
  9. REMEMBER your avatar. An avatar could be your ideal client, the person you are trying to reach in your service to the world…whether it’s through spreadsheets, sales, or salon. An avatar can also be thought of as part of your soul group. Your close niche of artists or seers. People who see the world similarly to you.
  10. REMEMBER a time that you rose to the occasion and discovered strength you didn’t know you possessed. Reflecting back on that event or situation vividly, notice how your current attitude, perspective, and energy shifts.

This week, look both ways. Remember your lessons as you release the pain from your past…and our collective past.

Do you want to explore REMEMBER further? Click here for quotes, mantras, and our willPower dedicated weekly exercise.

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit