Second Life Motivational Meme
Have you guys seen those motivational posters before where people take an image and put a black border with some motivational text around it? These posters are supposed to have positive behavioral effects. I thought it would be an interesting experiment if we got together and created some positive motivational posters for Second Life. Then we can see if they have any kind of behavioral effects on those that view them.
Meme instructions: Going to give you a couple of options to choose from today:
> Create a motivational poster using any image from Second Life with some motivating words about Second Life.
> Talk about what motivates you and how you motivate yourself every day.
Don’t forget to share the link to your post in the comments and add your pictures to the Blog Memes flickr group.
I honestly couldn’t think of anything that great, so I settled on this one..for now. If I think of some better motivational text, I might do more later this week. I used the Motivator from BigHugeLabs to create the poster. It really makes it quick and easy to create one.
I thought perhaps I should do a bit of a goofy one too, but again, I dunno 😛
I kinda sucked at the posters lol so I did also want to do the second part of my meme because this past year I have been through an emotional roller coaster and around this time last year I was completely destroyed. It took me a while to get myself to feel motivated and inspired. After my trip to Europe, I started to do something on a daily basis that helped me a lot.
I was watching an interview of Nargis Fakhri and she said something that really struck a chord with me. She said she woke up every morning and repeated a certain “mantra” to herself to motivate herself each day. I wrote it down and started doing it myself and after feeling completely destroyed for months, I felt a lot better about myself and my work. After a while though, I stopped doing it. I just got very busy with work and I hadn’t done it for a while. Then recently, memories of last year have been haunting me again and certain current events in my real life have gotten me down. So this week, I started doing the mantra again and I have to say, I can already feel it helping.
This is a bit weird and personal for me to share lol, so I hope you guys don’t judge me (too hard) that I actually do this every morning now. But I think if it helps me, it might help some of you. So here goes…I have this written on a piece of paper near my desk and I repeat it to myself every morning:
- I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind.
- My body is healthy, my mind is brilliant and my soul is tranquil.
- I am brimming with energy and overflowed with joy.
- I am superior to negative thoughts and low actions.
- I forgive those who have harmed me in my life and peacefully detach from them.
- My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.
- Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.
- I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.
- I love and accept myself for who I am.
- My life is just beginning.
After I wrote this down from her interview, I googled it and I came upon an article on Huffington Post by Carmen Harra who also spoke about similar affirmations, but she has 35. I decided to just stick with these 10 since they seem to resonate better with me. You can see all 35 here: 35 Affirmations That Will Change Your Life
So that’s what I do to motivate myself. Since I started this up again this week, I wanted to do a motivational meme to perhaps motivate you guys as well. I think even it helps a few of you guys, then I’ll feel like this post has served its purpose.
Please remember that you can participate in any of the memes/challenges at any time. You’ll find them all under my Blog Challenges category along with other memes and challenges I’ve done over the years. You don’t have to have a blog to do this challenge, you can share your image on any social platform you prefer.
Before I end this post, I did want to share that I was interviewed and will be on the Designing Worlds show today (Monday) at 2pm SLT. You can check out the Prim Perfect Blog for details and location. You can attend the showing in person in their studio (at this SLurl). If you can’t make it to the show, you can watch it on SLArtist or Vimeo.
I will also try and be at the studio today (if I can) to watch with you guys and then there is a question and answer session after the show. I’m really nervous so no one ask me any stressful questions and nothing about mangoes or swallowing earrings ok! 😛
Happy Monday! <3
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I love the “.. tell them you have two!” – poster! Hillarious :))
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Here’s mine http://leondrassecondlife.blogspot.com/
I have so many big ideas but getting them done is a problem.
Mine ended up being a little more creepy than motivational, but I like it!!
Just a question, why do you link to the flikr instead of the store now in many cases? It was so much easier to find things you featured when you gave us the links.
Oh, I see, most of them are there–sorry!
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Love it! Always wanted to know where to get a generator for these things! Great challenge. Here’s my contribution. Pardon the sappy. 😀
I have not been spending effort in SL for a while now due to RL developments. I am not here to do the meme but want to comment that your “mantras” are actually a very good way to start the day because it sets the tone and direction for the rest of the day. Cheers, and have awesome days ahead!
Mine’s all about the 5000 miles that just vanish when I’m logged in:
I love your Challenges Strawberry 🙂 And I did manage to have a little bit of time to spend on the motivational Meme!
I look forward to viewing others too!!
Love the thought behind this week’s challenge, Berry, and I’m glad you shared your mantras with us so that others can try them out.
One thing I always notice about the fickle factors of self esteem and motivation is that they’re often tied directly to one another, so I gently wanted to point out the following phrase to you from your blog:
“I kinda sucked at the posters lol”
Don’t put yourself down Berry. I know it’s often subconscious when we’re in pain (past or present) but remember that the affirmations only help if you believe in them, so make sure you believe in yourself too.
My contribution… https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethmacbain/16253595327/
I loved doing this meme. It made me think of why, after these years, I still enjoy my life here. It’s interesting reading how we all think.
Long comment is long…
On the subject of mantras and affirmations: these can work in reverse, too. If you are told (or tell yourself) often enough that you’re no good at doing something (eg: “Oh, I’m useless at math!”) then you’re effectively rewiring your brain so that you avoid math and thus give yourself no opportunity to overcome any initial difficulties that you may have had with it, or to improve upon your limited skills. And, in the end, you do actually become “useless at math” because you stopped using the math skills that you originally had. Metaphorically, your brain didn’t get the chance to use them so they went stiff and rusty and got filed away in a dusty old cabinet, never to be looked at again.
That’s not to say they’re gone, and it’s not to say you’ll always be useless at math. Just as you could wire your brain to stop using those skills, you can just as easily wire your brain to start them again. Hence the popularity of brain-training apps and programs, and more analogue things such as crosswords and puzzle books; especially among the older generation. You can learn new skills at 90 just as you could at nine.
Neural plasticity is the name for this rewiring–the brain’s capacity to form new circuits– and a lot of research is going into it right now, especially in the fields of brain trauma, speech and cognitive therapy, learning difficulties, and geriatric care.
This article (for some reason there’s a large chunk of white space in the middle; scroll down past that) explains some of the developments:
If you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, counter them with a positive one. It’s a constant battle when you realise just how many times you do this every single day of your life. You might drop the milk carton as you get it out of the fridge, and mutter, “For god’s sake, why are you always so clumsy?!” as you mop up the spilled milk. Ask yourself who is really talking to you there? Your critical mother? Your uptight boss? A controlling ex? There’s usually someone else behind those words (the key word to watch out for is ‘always’, as this implies that the bad behaviour is normal for you). Then, counter it with a laugh and something like, “Nah. I just knew the floor needed mopping, so I got a head start!”
This is all that mantras and affirmations are: rewiring the brain. Many people view them as new-agey and feel uncomfortable about them, but in reality they’re simply forming a new habit for the brain in the same way that going to the gym for one hour a week starts to form a new habit for the body.
In closing, this was summed-up centuries ago by a very wise man:
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind.” –Buddha
My motivational poster features my lovely husband… http://rudhsrandomramblings.blogspot.nl/2015/02/a-little-more-motivation-little-more.html
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Getting my motivation on …
Thank you all for always indulging me with your responses and often great advice. I am kind of down on myself often, I guess it’s a bad habit and I do it without even thinking. Still keeping up my mantra though so hopefully that will help with the constant negative thoughts. Seeing your posters and reading your posts has motivated me even more, thank you so much for the inspiration. <3
I have this week's meme up now, hope you all can participate once again. <3
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