Kia Kaha is a phrase that originated with the Maori people of New Zealand. It is an affirmation that roughly translates to “stay strong” or “forever strong”. I came across the phrase a few years ago during my first round of Les Mills Combat, a mixed martial arts inspired workout program. It is currently being used as the name of an anti-bullying campaign initiated by the New Zealand police, and I cannot think of a better name for a program that helps to empower youth.
The phrase had an immediate impact on me, and I adopted it as my mantra. I use it to remind myself to be strong both in body and in mind. I say it as I push through a tough workout. I repeat it in my head when I need mental strength to carry on during a difficult time. I share it as a message to friends and strangers alike to offer encouragement in challenging times.
I believe in the power of using a mantra, or a motto. I believe in this one enough to have made it a permanent part of me. Yesterday I gifted myself with an early birthday present in the form of a new tattoo incorporating my mantra, Kia Kaha. Now I have a constant reminder to never give up the fight, no matter what the fight may be. Here is the tattoo that is on my right shoulder (still a bit inflamed and tender):
Do you have a personal mantra or motto? What phrase helps you to get through a tough workout, or a tough day? What do you use to motivate yourself? As always I welcome your feedback and comments. Have a great week, friends, and Kia Kaha!