Although we never have to stop creating dreams and goals for ourselves, our twenties are arguably the biggest amount of time we have where we’re encouraged and most able to to pursue them. Now some of us may be list-makers who can write their dreams and ideas down in a journal and go out and make them happen, but what about those who need a more visual way of keeping track of your dreams and goals? That’s where an inspiration board comes into play.
The advantage of an inspiration board is that it allows us to see our goals represented visually every day. For visually-inspired people, seeing an image of where we hope to be in a year, or two, or five helps us actually see OURSELVES in that position, and feel motivated every day to work toward that place or goal. And it’s simple: just create a collage or board and place it in a location that you’ll see every day. It sounds easy enough, but getting started can be overwhelming when you don’t know where to start.
Think Big and Small
Don’t just focus on the big goals in your life, like a dream vacation or your wedding day, but also small ones, like waking up earlier or getting your next promotion. Both are important to focus on daily, and no goal is too small or too big for the inspiration board.
Consider All Types of Goals
Try to cover every aspect of your life including travel, work, habits, finances and relationships. You probably have goals that affect multiple areas of your life—like learning to cook more at home so you can be healthier and spend less on takeout—and those should be represented too.
Your inspiration board doesn’t need to just be covered with pictures cut from magazines. Include quotes, original drawings, printouts of inspiring conversations with friends or clips from newspaper articles. There also isn’t a rule that says you need to stick with magazine cutouts—think brochures, a job descriptions or even stickers.
Placing Your Goals
Try to first determine your most important goals and place them in prominent places on your inspiration board. The easiest place to begin is putting your biggest goal in the center of the board where your eyes are automatically drawn. This will make sure that you focus on the biggest goals every day. Then, fill in around the main goals with small steps you’ll achieve on your way to the main prize.
In the end, this is a creative outlet for you. Make sure that you’re having fun and choosing things you truly want to accomplish or are inspired by. This isn’t for anyone but you and it should be something you enjoy making and enjoy looking at.
We’d love to see what your inspiration boards look like! Share them on Instagram and let us see with hashtag #freeasafeather.