Why Vision Boards Don’t Work?
Have you been inspired by the idea of creating a vision board! Let me guess, you must have already created one by now.
You must have already spent an entire day cutting pictures, painting and pasting it on to your vision board. These pictures represent things you want to achieve this year. It’s a mix of colours, images, quotes – a work of art, your masterpiece, your very own vision board.
Every year we plan and create a vision for ourselves. You must have created a vision board in the past too. However, at the end of the year when you look at the chart, you feel that you have missed achieving what you planned for.
Has it been the same for you too?
Is your vision board lost and forgotten somewhere?
Let’s try and get the basics on the vision board right.
Vision boards are based on the book ‘The Secret and the Law of Attraction’.
It is a universal law that applies to all, living and non-living things, in this universe! It is no different from the law of gravity. It pulls you towards itself.
Vision board is an example which proves the same law of attraction. A visual representation of your goal attracts you towards it and helps you envision with clarity. The subconscious mind works best when fed with images, a vision board helps you create that visual. It’s like an infinite loop. You draw an image of your goal for the first time and then keep feeding that image back to your mind till you achieve it. It fails to work when you break this cycle.
Next, let’s examine some of the reasons that could explain why your vision board is not working well.
Reasons Why Vision Boards Fail To Work :
Pictures, Photos and Images: There is a subtle difference between creating a vision board and a picture puzzle. Your board should be appealing but only to you. As it’s only you who needs to see it. Hence, put only as many pictures as you can clearly single out your goal at a glance of it. Do not clutter the board with many pictures so as to find your goal every day in between all pictures.
What is it that you want? Be clear: Your goals should be SMART. It can only be one goal without any plan B. When you create an alternative plan you are training yourself to fail. You can always make amendments to your in a mid-year review but it should always be a unique goal. It’s fine to keep your goals with you in your head or write it down on the goal sheet and not on the vision board. Because, some of us do not like to read sentences each morning, isn’t it?
Here are some quick tips to avoid pitfalls
Where is my Vision Board? After its completion, where did you keep your vision board? In the drawer? Under your desk? Behind the door?
A vision board is best placed somewhere that is always visible to you. You are hoping to create an imprint of the vision in your mind. Hence do not keep it hidden for the rest of the year only to look at the end of the year.
Can I do it? I feel I cannot make it? Self-doubt, fear of failure can be a hindrance in achieving what you planned for.
Hence, it becomes necessary that you make a planned goal. This avoids any unprecedented hurdles and helps you sail smoothly. Take a look at the beliefs you are holding. Stay away from discouragements and accept constructive criticism. Remember it’s your goal and only you can envision achieving it.
Action it, Take a step forward: Just drawing or imagining your goal won’t help you achieve it, you need to nourish it with your actions.
Dream it, Share it: Don’t fear to share your goals or keep it a secret. Allow yourself to share your dreams with your closed-ones. Confidants who can help you achieve it and bring you back if you are distracted.
However, if your dream is a big one and impacts the world at large, you may want to take the support of people who could help you achieve your bigger goals. This group of people do not necessarily have to be working on the same dream. What’s more important is that they are able to lend energetic support to your vision. They may just be the ones who have the ability to send you the resources that you need for your vision to come true. Share your goals with them. For example, in the past two years, I have been conducting various social development projects under ‘Akruti’. I would not have been able to do it without the support of the community at large. These are people who are motivated by a similar idea and in turn do their bit of giving back to society.
At last, as like attracts like and through the power of visioning, you are creating a positive vibration for your goals to translate into reality.
To your visioning success,