Moving on Upwards: Making a Motivation Collage
Now that the site's had awhile to calm down as it sets back into it's new skeleton, we can move back into our regularly scheduled Thursday fun. And let me tell you, I've been wanting to write this article for awhile now. Between work and dental work, the writing that I love to do, has become a bit harder to do. When I got home tonight I was feeling very unmotivated. Yep, that's right. Sometimes it's even hard for me to get the energy to write my weekly column. Pain is a horrible motivator. And all I wanted to do today was sleep. So, what does one do when one is feeling unmotivated? Well, if you're like me and a few of my other artsy friends... you turn to making a collage. That's right. Collages. They can be fast and fun and a great way to use up images out of your favorite magazines. They're also a very powerful tool to help you get motivated.
Creating a pretty image out of a collection of graphics and words isn't anything new to us. If you're in the US, I'm sure you were forced to make at least one or two collages in grade school. Remember your teacher asking you to break out a piece of construction paper? Usually you would reach for your favorite color. Then they'd toss out a pile of magazines onto your desk and shout out some theme of "Spring" or "Your Favorite Animals" and give you 15 minutes to sort through the piles of 'zines to find images and words that matched the theme. And there you sat, trying to find images out of magazines that had already been used by a few classes before you, pasting images fast and furious so that you could create something that proudly met the theme and satisfied your inner designer.
So what's a collage got to do with getting motivated? Actually a lot. Let's say you have a goal to buy a house. You work through the traditional resources to get your finances all in line for mortgage brokers, you read books on buying homes and you look around town for good areas that fit your price range. You're doing everything right and yet, it takes your friends and/or significant other to actually drag you from the sofa to go house hunting. However, let's say you make a collage of pictures and color paint chips of everything you want to put IN that house. You start collecting images of furniture, funky tables, new bedspreads, even small cut outs of house design and landscapes you seem to like. Then you paste them down on one single page and tape it to your refrigerator. And all of a sudden, just seeing those things every day, makes you want to go buy your dream house so you can start buying the things on that page and fill up your home with your style. I'm sure that the collage helped to inspire you to get off your feet and search harder faster than anything else.
The same thing applies to weight loss motivation. A friend of mine, while she was working hard at loosing weight, decided that she would make a collage of clothing she wanted to buy the moment she hit her targeted goal. Every day she logged onto the computer, there was the image of all those clothes she wanted. And when she DID reach her goal, she went back to her collage and purchased herself some of the things that were on the collage. She spent maybe 15 minutes max pulling images together of clothes she liked that helped carry her through the process of loosing weight. Not bad for a quick and fun way to inspire and reward hard work. Collage design is fast and furious and when used as a motivational tool, it can help inspire you to achieve anything.
Here's some guidelines for making your motivation collage:
- Keep it simple. Don't try to combine images that send mixed messages. Stick to one theme. So if you're making a collage for your house, stick to things that relate to the inside or outside of the home. Try not to place books or cds or clothes into the collage.
- Keep positive. Sometimes, it's hard to put things down on a piece of paper that you want to when you cannot afford it. If you find that you're getting depressed from pasting images. Take a step back and remind yourself that these are things in your grasp and that you'll get them once you attain your goal.
- Give yourself permission to play. Get creative and wild. Don't let your rational side tell you that you cannot afford the toys you're pasting on the sheet. Mix and max images with powerful words that also relate to helping you achieve your goal.
Making collages is a fast and fun way to help inspire and motivate you into attaining your goals. While this article uses a few big and sweeping types of goals, you can use this method for anything you need help being inspired to. Even your daily work. Print out lots of images online and pull them from magazines and have fun creating a collage that not only reflects your dreams but inspires you to attain them. And now that I am done with this article, I'm going to go treat myself to playing World of Warcraft for a bit longer with my friends.