Those of us who are looking for a tool to help us stick to a weight loss plan, or another type of goal that we are struggling with, can benefit from the help of an inspiration board. An inspiration board, also known as an idea board, is a place where we can visually convert our thoughts, hopes and dreams into a visual aid to help us on our journey. Many experts say that the act of seeing what you hope to achieve for yourself, on a regular basis, can help you on the path to success. For instance, if you are trying to lose weight, a bulletin board with positive affirmations, exercise plans, and photos of yourself before you gained weight can motivate you to stick to your diet plan. If you are going through a major life change, like moving or starting a new job, an idea board can be a great place for you to post favourite pictures and uplifting quotes to boost your spirits during times of increased stress and low morale. Creating an inspiration board is simple and inexpensive. |
A bulletin board is used as the base for most inspiration boards. A piece of bristol board or foam core could also be used, but the advantage of a cork bulletin board is that it gives you the ability to remove or add things whenever you wish. A favourite colour or pattern can be added to the background of your board before you begin posting items. The plain wooden frame could be painted to match a particular room if you want to be creative. Remember, this board is meant to provide inspiration for you. If you are a decorator, or a particularly creative person and a plain wooden bulletin board won’t satisfy you, change it.
Search the internet and books for quotes and positive affirmations that inspire you. These should be short phrases that can be read quickly. Print them up in bright colours and different fonts to draw your attention. Small, dark printing will not show up well on your board. If you have more quotes than you have room for, print them all and change the quotes on a regular basis. This will help you keep your board fresh.
Photos are an essential part of your inspiration board. Photos will grab your attention and provide the most visual inspiration. Any favourite photo can be used. If you are on a weight loss journey take some “before” photos of yourself on your Sony camera that you can print, as well as some potential “after” pictures of you in your lighter days. Beautiful photos you have taken with your SLR camera on a favourite trip can be printed to give you positive inspiration. Photos of your children or a beloved pet can provide a boost to your morale if you are feeling low.
Place your board in a prominent place where you will see it frequently during the day. If you consider your board private, place it in a closet where you will see it every morning. The more often you see your board, the more positive motivation it will give you.
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