Now if you have trouble pronouncing the mantra, you can just download the MP3 file, turn on the repeat setting in Windows Media Player and chant along with me (even in your head) until you are comfortable with it.
Also note that if you ever feel tears coming for whatever reason when chanting, always let them out if you can - this is an emotional release and is very beneficial for you. Sometimes you may find that these emotions have been trapped inside you for lifetimes.
Om Gam Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei Namaha
For attracting the abundance in all areas into your life. You can also focus on a specific area if you want - i.e. income, friends etc. (This is a standard Lakshmi mantra with a Ganesha seed syllable "Gam" added to help remove obstacles at the same time.) I chant a lot of different mantras, but this a good default daily mantra.
Om Eim Hrim Klim Chamundayei Vicche Namaha
For building self-confidence and willpower when feeling weak, nervous or lacking drive. Also for protection from evil forces. For me, this is a great mantra for those times when I need a boost to get me going. (However do read the "Ego-Purging Mantras" section below before going hard out with this one!) A very important mantra.
Om Eim Sawaswatyai Swaha
For attracting Saraswati's blessings in the areas of inspiration, creativity, knowledge and the intellect, plus in all areas of the arts and sciences. There is also a much longer mantra which I think is great in the book "Shakti Mantras" - (click here for pronunciation).
Om Gam Ganapatayei Namaha
A very well-known Ganesha mantra commonly used for removing any obstacles facing people in life. They can be obstacles to success, love, or whatever situation yuo feel is "stuck". Simply chant the mantra - or you can set the intention by stating the desired obstacles to be removed before you chant - and Ganesha in his wisdom will help.
Om Kshipra Prasadaya Namaha
For an immediate blessing when suddenly faced with trouble or difficult circumstances and you need help right now. Even potentially losing your car keys when you really really need them, etc.
Om Apadamapa Hartaram Dataram Sarva Samapadam Loka Bhi Ramam, Shri Ramam Bhuyo Bhuyo Namamyaham
This Rama mantras is regarded by Thomas Ashley-Farrand as one of the great healing mantras and one which is especially good for alleviating mental and/or emotional problems. Yes it's long, but I have found it's effects to be very interesting indeed. I've even had a very long and emotional past life flashback while chanting this one so don't underestimate the effects these mantras can have. Also remember they are working on levels that most of us can hardly perceive. Some effects you will notice at the time, others may only become apparent later.
Om Vakratundaaya Hum
This Ganesha mantra is one for straightening out any problematic circumstances and is said to be very powerful (in spite of its short length). According to Sadguru Sant Keshavadas in his book Lord Ganesha: "This is a very powerful mantra, as discussed in the Ganesha Purana. When something is not working properly, individually or universally, nationally or internationally, or when the minds of the people turn crooked, negative, depressed or discouraged, the attention of Ganesha may be drawn by this mantra to straighten their ways. The HUM symbolizes 'Delay no more, my Lord, in straightening the paths of the crooked-minded ones.' This mantra is used many times in the Ganesha Purana to curb the atrocities of cruel demons. In addition, this mantra could also be used for healing any spinal deficiency, such as curvature of the spine or curved limbs. Dedicate 1,008 repetitions of this holy word to straighten and heal such deficiencies." I have been personally very impressed with its results.
Ha Sa Ka La E I La Hrim Ha Sa Ka La E I La Hrim
This is a Lalita mantra for engaging the energy of Kubera, the earthly Lord of Wealth, to work divinely in your life. If you have financial worries and would like to invoke Divine energies to assist you, this would be an excellent mantra to put to work on a daily basis.
Om Shanti Om
To attract peace into a difficult situation with other people (e.g. children, in-laws, workmates etc). Also I feel it's very good for pacifying nervous pets when it's time to take them to the vet or give them a flea treatment! With this one I state my intention before I chant.