Everyone needs encouragement, including me. With the explosion of social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, my heart’s desire is to be noticed, heard and validated, especially when I have accomplished a specific goal in my life.
However, my vocation often calls me to work in isolation. Staying motivated can be a daunting task. Having a way to stay encouraged, however, keeps me on the right track toward finishing my tasks and reaching my goals.
One way to keep me encouraged is an encouragement board. Each time I receive an encouraging word from a friend or an inspiring quote, I tack it onto my board. In times of discouragement or frustration, I look at it to remind myself not only of what I am doing, but more importantly why I am doing it.
Here are three items you can tack on your encouragement board:
1) Scripture quotations- Nothing inspires me more than a quotation from the oldest and most transformative book I own– the bible. Jeremiah 29:11, John 15:4-5, and Proverbs 27:17 are all great examples of inspiring quotes that keep my fingers typing in times of stress or discouragement.
2) Quotes from other authors- Are there other authors that you enjoy whose words have pierced your heart? If so, write them on an index card or type it onto different colored paper. The different colors will catch your eye and remind you to keep pressing on towards your goal.
3) Photos or Images- Does a serene beach scene, an old photo of friends and family or a picture of an accomplished athlete spur you on to accomplishing great things too? Intersperse those photos among your quotes. Go crazy! The wilder the better!
We all need something to inspire us. What inspires you?