I always called them Motivation Boards, but Vision board works well also. I think I started on my first one back in the 2000’s when I was focused on losing weight. Many quotes went onto the board: “A New Me in 2003!” and ““We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
How to Make a Vision Board
Grab a piece of cardboard. Cover it with fabric or old wrapping paper. I use an old marathon finishers medal ribbon to hang my latest.
For pics, quotes, I look at magazines, and randomly rip out words and phrases. Some as simple as “Outside”. I will also cut out pics that are meaningful or inspirational to me. I would add stickers that companies had sent with products to the board. Funny cartoons also made it to the board.
The website Pinterest has made it super easy to make yourself a digital vision board. My board, called “Training” is more or less a vision board. But I like to have the physical board here in “Real Life” to look at. I have found pins on Pinterest that I have printed out for my undigital vision board.
I started to change my motivation board over time with running and goals, and got to a larger board. I would cut out words and pictures that grabbed my imagination. Stickers from companies, favorite pic of me or friends, that went on the board. Pictures of trails were on the board. Funny cartoons were on the board.
This is the board that culminated in my first MMT 100 Finish. The handwritten note in the middle was sent from Gary Knipling, congratulating me on my finish. That’s me in the blue, finishing my first Reverse Ring.
On my boards I tend to just paste over other images. It’s not about covering up the old quote/saying/picture, it’s about adding freshness and more motivation.
I have continued to have vision boards. I tend to just “know” when it’s time to retire one, and bring the fresh clay out and begin again. That’s what I have right now.
After getting into Hardrock 2015, I immediately printed the Course profile for the CCW direction. There’s my VISION for 2015. The other visions will play around that.
Why do I think a vision board is valuable and why do I think you need one? I see my board daily. I look at it daily. It keeps my goals and motivation in front of me. I post tiny milestones on the board. I have printed out my “you lost 1.2 pounds this week” from WW Online. That only means something to me, and it’s a big deal, this tiny milestone. Right now I also have my 30 Day Plank Challenge. I’m kind of stuck on 90 seconds right now, it’s tough, but that’s okay. Having it on my vision/motivation board keeps it in the front of my mind, something to work toward.
So if you need some motivation for the new year, or are starting a new project or goal for 2015, why not make a physical board, to remind you and stimulate you to work toward this?