noun: an inspiring suggestion or challenge moderately to epicly outside the receiver's comfort zone
verb: to be released from a constrained position from the action of a spring
Why Spring Board?
Spring Board is the new social app for iPhone that flips the script on the bucket list. Forget death as a motivator, Spring Board is about living now!
Rooted in a philosophy that emphasizes experience over achievement, Spring Board is about engaging in things that resonate with you. No master plan; no resolutions; no things you want to do before you die.
Spring Board is about being vital - now.
How it works
Connect: When you launch Spring Board, you first invite close friends and family to be your “buds”. These are people that know you well, will push you out of your comfort zone, offer unique perspectives and ideas, and be excited to celebrate your big and small moments along the way.
Inspire: Your buds send you suggestions (“springs”) for specific things they’d love to see you do or experience. Their job is to expand your thinking. Your job is to be open. When a spring resonates with you (no matter how little or big!), you post it to your Spring Board. You can post your own springs as well, as you never know when inspiration will strike.
Engage: Visit your Spring Board often. Although you may not take action on a spring right away, the seed has been planted. You update your Spring Board when you “tap” any of your springs. Need a boost? Your buds are there to encourage and support you. When a spring has sprung, you celebrate!
Grow: As you receive springs, there can be a tendency towards resistance. Don’t worry about taking action on all of your springs right away; in time you will see that the springs, like seeds, start to work all on their own! As you move into the unknown, you will discover unexpected things about yourself that will amaze you. The point is that you’re perpetually, actively engaged in things that resonate with you. There is no goal, no end, no destination, but continuous renewal and a journey sure to unfold in unexpected ways.
And, just as important as it is to tend to your own Spring Board, posting springs on your buds’ boards is just as meaningful! Connecting with your buds and giving back renews the cycle.
Spring Board is not a bucket list.
With Spring Board:
There is no bucket. The bucket can symbolize death, and bring fear into the process. The goals on a bucket list also tend to put fulfillment in the future, not the present.
There is no goal. Setting goals can imply that success is only achieved by accomplishing the goal exactly as set forth. Goals are rigid, and don’t account for flexibility and wonderful tangents.
What Fuels You?
What gets you, excites you, nourishes you — what resonates with you? This is the core of Spring Board — making a habit of engaging in things that resonate with you.
The philosophy behind Spring Board is summed up in this: “The vitality of your life does not depend on how much you achieve, but in how often you engage in things that resonate with you.” — My father-in-law, Ted Case (10,000 Year Thinking®)
Ready to try it out?
Here's a 30-second exercise to get you started...
My name is Chris, and I'm the creative director behind Spring Board. A year-and-a-half ago, I was sitting around with some friends and family when one of us said she wanted to do something "big" in the year ahead. She had recently divorced, and was ready for some changes. She wanted to do something big for herself, but didn't quite know what to do or where to begin.
My father-in-law told her to get a pen and paper, and looked at the rest of us: "Let's brainstorm some ‘big things’ for her to do." We all jumped on board and started offering suggestions of things we thought would be fun, adventurous, challenging, transformative — and her only job was to stay open and write everything down. Within 20 minutes she had a surprising list of almost 50 things — from take a yoga class, to go on an international adventure, to buy an expensive pair of jeans, go on a date, take salsa lessons, and follow a new blog.
The creative juices flowing, it wasn't long before we all wanted a turn. We spent time brainstorming for each other, and finished inspired and motivated for the year ahead.
Over the next several months, something amazing happened — the lists we had created slowly began to seep into our lives, without effort. Not only was I inspired by what was happening for me, but watching my friends and family be transformed was just as exhilarating. My sister-in-law did start yoga... then she went on her first date, and then she went to China. My wife, Abby, quit her job, started her own business, made a new friend, and ran a 5K... As for me, I ran a half-marathon (having never run before in my life!), composed music for an iPad app, wrote a song for my 3-year old son, and started working on the big one — the creation of my first app. I began to realize that brainstorming a list with my closest friends and family planted a seed in my consciousness, and the items that resonated with me found their way into my life on their own accord. By writing them down, an awareness was cultivated that allowed me to jump on opportunities as they naturally arose.
After that, without fail, everyone we told about this resonance brainstorm asked us to do one for them. Before long, we had people joining improv comedy classes, getting energy healings, drinking daily green smoothies, trying new sports, and — my personal favorite — at the suggestion of doing a "polar bear dip", my own mother jumped into the Atlantic Ocean at midnight on her 60th birthday — in the middle of December!
From this experience, I’ve learned that tapping into what resonates with me is the #1 way to bring an energetic passion to everything I do. And just as important, to determine what is not worth doing. Engaging in resonance provides a horizon to follow, and shines light on the beauty of the journey. It reveals adventure everywhere you look.
As Ted says, "The dynamics of creative energy imply that when you change your world, you change everyone else's as well."
The Spring Board Team
Spring Board’s team is made up of husband and wife pair Chris and Abby Fitzgerald. He is a tech geek, Berklee trained film composer and the creative mind behind Spring Board. She is an MBA marketing guru with her own consulting business, a decade of admissions experience, and a passion for entrepreneurship.
The philosophy behind Spring Board stems from Ted Case's 10,000 YEAR Thinking® modality. A thought leader in creative conciousness, Ted has decades of experience working with entreprenuers and individuals in the dynamics of human potential and effective change. (Ted is the wise father-in-law from the story above.) Follow Ted on Twitter @10KYT.
I need your help
I fully believe that this app can make real and sustainable change in people's lives. I want people to get inspired, do inspiring things, inspire others, and basically have kick-ass stories to tell. All the time. To get this app off the ground will require an independent, grass-roots effort led by YOU. Get behind this app, and you'll already have one cool story to tell!
It's crucial that the app have top-notch design and development, with an organic user experience, and cutting-edge social network connectability. This can be done with $25,000. Indiegogo and processing fees, taxes and rewards will come to around $10,000, thus $35,000 total.
To be straight up with all of you potential backers,
I love this app idea, and want to see it succeed. I've realized (and this is sort of what Spring Board is all about) that while risks should be taken into account, focusing on them too much causes paralyzation on a project. I'm excited to see how far I can take Spring Board. It will be fun, and I would love it if you would join me to get this app made!