How to Know Whether Your Vision Board Will Work or Fail

Making a vision board is one thing. How do we know if it's going to work or not? Here are 4 tips to help you.

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by Shealing Young (

Do you set goals for yourself, either in your personal life or for your business? If not, how do you know you’re growing or making progress? When was the last time you allowed yourself to daydream about the type of life you want?

Creating a vision board has become a popular activity in recent years, especially as the New Year approaches and people think about the past year and the New Year’s resolutions they want to keep. A vision board is simply one tool that helps you visualize your dreams and your goals.

However, some people are quick to dismiss vision boards as being “woo woo” or magical or as a creative puzzle that just doesn’t work.

Whether your vision board will work for you or not boils down to a few simple tips; follow the tips, and you’ll likely see success. Ignore the tips and you’ll likely get distracted, frustrated, and angry that you wasted time making the board.

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Tip #1: Less is More

Typically, people like to fill a gigantic piece of cardboard with dozens of photos of their hopes and dreams, everything from the dream mansion by the ocean to the diamonds and private yachts.

But how can you focus on achieving all those big-ticket items all at once? Most people can’t focus on multiple goals at once – especially huge ones – so they get distracted and miss important opportunities.

Edit the number of photos you use on your vision board and decide which of those goals you want to reach first.

Tip #2: Prioritize Your Goals

What is most important to you: working a 4-hour workweek or living by the ocean? The fancy sports car or the ability to travel around the world?

These are just examples, of course, but you need to prioritize each photo you find and really ask yourself WHY you want this on your board. Is it truly important to you or is it a flashback from your childhood?

If a photo isn’t important to you, your subconscious will know that, and you will only get distracted or confused about what you should be working toward.

Tip #3: Take Action

Vision boards are not mystical or magical; just because you put the photos together and post them in your office doesn’t mean things will magically start appearing.

Even if you want to win the lottery, you still need to take the action to buy the ticket, right? The same is true of vision boards.

If you want to buy your first home, take some action: do some research or hire a realtor, talk to a mortgage broker to get pre-approved, and then increase your marketing efforts to find more coaching clients.

Tip #4: Believe that You are Good Enough

Mindset is everything when it comes to making goals a reality. If you fall victim to the negative self-talk that says you’re an imposter or undeserving of reaching greatness, then you will be less likely to take action toward those goals.

How many times have you talked yourself out of creating a class or program because you think, “Who wants to learn from me?”

Changing your mindset and releasing the blocks that hold you back doesn’t happen overnight but when you hear those negative thoughts invading, say out loud, “Why NOT me? Why shouldn’t I be the one to reach success? If not me, then who and why do they deserve it more?”

If you’re willing to take action, you will reach your goals. Vision boards are tools used to visualize your goals and dreams and WILL work if you use the tool correctly.

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