Why Your Vision Board Isn't Working & How To Fix It

Yes, you can achieve your goals faster and easier with an effective vision board. A vision board is essentially a large poster that you construct to help you achieve your goals. It contains pictures that represent your goals.

For example, if you dream of owning a brownstone in Brooklyn, you might include have an example of your dream house, a picture of Biggie, huge slice of pizza and some cute home decor.

You’ve probably heard of vision boards, but you’ve probably never made or used one or you may have made one and thought "this shit don't work!" It might sound like silly new-age nonsense, but a vision board can be useful and not complete bullshit.

Consider what a vision board does for you:

  • It forces you to decide on your goals.

  • It requires you to review your goals daily.

  • It sensitizes you to opportunities that aid in the achievement of your goals.

Everybody wants to have the cute little cut and paste vision board parties then forget all about the board or the work that comes with the board. The board doesn't magically make the objects of your desire appear in your life without any work on your part.

A vision board can be a wonderful tool for reminding yourself about your goals each day. One of the most challenging parts of achieving goals is sticking with them. It’s easy to become distracted, lose hope, or even forget about them. A vision board is a solution for all of these challenges.

Regular use of a vision board keeps your goals fresh in your mind. Using a vision board also associates positive feelings with the achievement of your goals.

Nearly anything can serve as a vision board. Ideally, your vision board will be portable enough to carry with you. Then you can use it at any time. Poster board, cardboard, or even a spare wall can suffice. You might choose to use a notebook.

Use these strategies to create and use an effective vision board:

1. Decide what you want to be, do, and have. This is one of the primary reasons that vision boards can be so effective. They require you to think about what you want and to make a few choices. Decide on your goals. This is often the most challenging part. For best effect, limit yourself to a few goals. Perhaps your goals are a new car, a summer body year round, and a Stella Got Her Groove Back trip to Jamaica. It’s up to you. What excites you?

● You might need to spend a day or two working on this. Think about what you want for your life. Remember that you can’t have everything, so think carefully and choose the things and experiences that are most important to you.

● Be bold. If your vision board doesn’t inspire you, it won’t be effective.

2. Find visual images and words that represent what you want to be, do, and have. What does your future look like? What would you like to achieve? A picture is worth 1000 words. You can look online or in magazines. What’s important is that you have the same feeling when you look at the photo as you do when you think about that thing. The sensations should match.

• Find pictures that best represent the goals you wish to achieve. If you’re striving for a new car, find the exact model and color.

• Choose the best words to go on your vision board. A suitable word might be “Benz” or “Jamaica.” Also consider how you’ll feel when the goal is achieved: “Excited,” “Grateful,” “Proud.” What qualities will you need to achieve these goals? “Committed,” “Powerful,” or maybe “Optimistic.”

3. Arrange your vision board in a way that pleases you. You can be orderly or use more of a collage style. Each objective can have its own board, or everything can be combined on a single board. There are no rules. Follow your instincts and allow your creativity to flow.

Using your vision board is just as important as creating it:

1. Hang your vision board where you’ll see it frequently; at least twice a day. A vision board sitting in the closet ain’t gon do shit for you. Consider your daily activities and put your vision board where you’ll see it most frequently. On the nightstand is a great location. You’ll see it in the morning and at night. If you’re comfortable doing so, you could mount it on the bathroom mirror.

2. Use a process to view your vision board. Spend a few minutes each morning using your vision board. Go through each item on your vision board and experience success in your mind. Think about each goal you have and look at the photos that represent those goals. Look at each word and picture on the board. Take your time and visualize having those things in your life.

Allow yourself to feel excited about achieving that goal. Feel yourself on that beach, losing 50 pounds, or driving that benz. This can set the tone for the rest of your day.

Reminding yourself of your goals each morning will point your brain in the right direction. You’ll see opportunities to help make your dreams come true. It’s then your job to seize those opportunities.

3. Using your vision board before bed is just as important. Your brain is highly active while you sleep. You brain spends all night churning away, trying to find solutions to your requests. Give your brain the information it needs. Look at the items on your vision board and imagine possessing them. Experience how that feels. Part of your brain will spend all night trying to make your vision board a reality.

4. Take a photo of your vision board. Use your phone and take a photo. That way, you’ll have it wherever you go. You can always pull out your phone and view your board.

5. Be persistent. Vision boards don’t work overnight, but they do work. They remind you of your goals and keep them at the forefront of your mind. They allow you to experience positive feelings with regards to achieving your goals. Keep at it.

6. Take action. Avoid the belief that your dream car will suddenly appear in your garage one morning. You still have the responsibility to take action. Using your vision board will allow you to notice more opportunities. Take advantage of them.

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