One of the hardest things to do when you’re working towards something like a fitness goal is simply sticking to it. In my adult years I’ve discovered I actually really enjoy working out and I love how I feel when I’m eating clean – my problem is getting away from those old habits that are so hard to break and creating new ones.
Every few months, I like to sit down and think about where I am and where I want to be and the start of a new year definitely warrants a pulse-check on those goals. I wouldn’t call this resolution-making, instead it’s more like mapping out next steps in the big strategy that is my life. I like to review things like my relationships, career and personal well-being and decide where I want to go next. I worry about the actual journey later, but start with deciding on the destination.
Since I’m a visual kind of lady, what I do to put these visions on paper is create an inspiration board. Before you get all weirded out by the mention of this, hear me out. Pinterest is great, but there’s something about actually sitting down and writing, drawing and cutting and pasting magazine clippings onto one big poster that is oddly satisfying for me. Having a visual representation of what I’m picturing in my head and having a constant reminder of it somewhere prominent is the best way to keep it top of mind and keep myself on track – fitness goals included.
It’s a practice I highly recommend especially for the visual & kinesthetic learners out there, because above all it’s just plain fun.
So, where do I start?
First, I sit down and write out my vision. I do this without distraction. Just me, paper and a pen. I write whatever comes to mind, however big or small. The more specific the better, but I allow myself to write freely and see what ends up on the page.
Next, I grab a stack of old magazines and arm myself with scissors. Honestly, this is probably one of the biggest reasons I still buy print magazines – for the pages of inspiration inside. Whether it’s ads, editorials, headlines or spreads, I flip through the pages and clip what jumps out at me.
Finally, I get to crafting and put it together. Yup – we’re talking glue sticks, tapes, coloured markers, poster board…the works. I give myself a few hours to put it together in a collage/board with the goals and key words scattered around and post the finished product.
I pulled my latest board together this week placing an emphasis on career and health-related goals, and will be displaying it in my office where I do all my blogging and working from home.
Do you have a creative way of goal-setting? I want to know!