Be a Better You in 365 Days Challenge – DAY 5: Creating a Better Person

This is Day 5 of How to Be a Better Person in 365 Days October 2011 Challenge. View list of tasks: 365 Challenge Overview

Welcome to Day 5 of How to Be a Better Person in 365 Days Challenge!

Every one of you here who has signed up – I’d like to congratulate you for taking the first step forward to becoming a better you. Because you’ve taken the first step to pledge your intention, you’ve set into motion a huge chain of events which will eventually move you into a better person. Because you’ve set your intention to the world out there, things will now be different. Whether you like it or not, the universe is now going to do everything in its power to help you achieve your vision of your ideal self.

Once again, if you have not signed up, now is your final chance to do so. I’ll be officially closing the sign ups very soon. Simply follow the overview, then proceed on to Day 1′s task and get started from there. Don’t even worry about being behind – just do the tasks one at a time, at your own pace. Believe it or not, there are still new participants joining even today (Day 5), so you’re definitely not alone. It’s better to start late than to never start at all.

Day 4: Day of Virtues: Gratitude Review

Yesterday’s task was on kindness – conveying the virtue of gratitude, and being a becon of light and love to someone you see or talk too.

How was your experience on Day 4? Many of you have posted amazing acts of gratitude and shared beautiful experiences of how you touched others’ lives in your special way yesterday. If you haven’t, be sure to post your results.

Know that no matter how small or big the act is, no matter how your gratefulness was received, your intention has planted a seed in the person’s heart. This seed will soon bloom into something beautiful, which only time can unveil.

Are you pushing yourself to the next level?

While it’s great that many of you are already doing acts of gratitude by default, the whole point of 365 Challenge is to push your boundaries to the next level.

Which means, rather than saying: “Oh, I already did some kind acts yesterday/today, hence my work for Day 4 is complete”, challenge yourself with: ”In addition to the kind acts I already did/are doing, what more kind acts can I perform to others? How can I be an even kinder/more grateful person? How can I push my gratefulness to the next level?”

In the former, you remain the same person as you are; in the latter, you grow and become better. Only by constantly challenging your limits will you become the better you, the ideal you that you seek.

Day 5: Creating a Better Person Board

Today’s task will take about 30 min – 1.5 hours, depending on how much time you wish to spend on it.

Today’s task is about a Better Person boards.

What is a better person/ character board? It’s a totally new concept I created for 365 Challenge, referring to a collage of words and/or pictures that represent our ideal self.

If you’re thinking this sounds like the vision board, you’re absolutely right! They are similar in concept – While the vision board relates to our goals and dreams, the character board relates to our highest self (in character traits). Both serve distinct purposes.

 Check out the amazing better person/character boards 365 Challenge participants have created! I feel so inspired for all of us just looking at them.

Your Task: Create Your Vision Board!

In the next 30 min to an hour, you’re going to have your very own character board! Are you excited? I sure am!

  1. Identify your 5 core ideal traits.
    • Refer to what you wrote for Day 3 – Discovering Your Inner Self Pick out 5 most important traits you want to attain as your ideal self. These are the 5 traits you’re going to focus on in your board!
    • You can have other traits too, just that you’ll be placing the biggest attention on the 5 core traits.
  2. Select the format you want for your character board.
    • Your board can come in any form, really. You can hand write/decorate on A4 paper (easiest), create a digital image (using Photoshop / GIMP / Powerpoint / Word), use cut-outs from magazines and form a collage on cardboard, get a corkboard specially for this purpose, etc.
    • Use whatever format that works best for you. As I mentioned above, my past character board(s) was just a simple slide in MS Powerpoint – no images and no jazz. It did what it needed to do for me. Remember this is about creating a board that works for you, and not about doing busy work.
  3. Search for images that reflect your ideal traits.
    • Search for 1-3 images per trait, for your 5 core traits (Google Images or Flickr works great!). If you have more than 5 traits you want to highlight, feel free to search images for them too.
    • If you don’t want images, you can just make it a text-based board. It’s perfectly fine!
    • Print out the images if you’re making a hard copy board.
  4. Create your board!
    • Do whatever you deem fit here – let your creative juices flow!
    • That said, I have some broad suggestions which you can follow if you want:
      1. Write “Ideal <Your Name Here>” in the middle of the board. Example, “Ideal Celes”.
      2. Then, write your 5 core traits around that.
      3. Supplement each trait with its corresponding set of images.
  5. Share your board when you are done!
    • Upload your image(s) here: Photo Bucket | Flickr, after which they’ll provide a working link where others can download/view the image.
    • Please include a description of the 5 core traits you chose, together with a meaningful description of your board, such as what you feel about the board, how you felt when doing the board, why you chose these particular images, etc, vs. just posting an image link. Else the comments/discussion area will just become a plethora of links, which doesn’t make it very meaningful. Thanks!

Vision boards and Character boards can be extremely inspirational tools. As part of extending power inspiration to others, I’ll be selecting and showcasing some participants’ character boards in today’s post (the section above)! So do share your character boards once you’re done!

Tomorrow, Day 6, will be a break day. This way, those who’ve not finished the previous tasks or signed up later can catch up. It’s also a day where those who are up to speed can focus on the discussions and get to know each other better. Stay tuned!

Day 5 Reflection for 365 Challenge

  1. Is there anything you learned today?
  2. If so, what is it? Write it down.

Share Your Answers!

What are the 5 core ideal traits you selected? What format have you chosen for your character board? How does your character board look like?

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