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As I’ve been talking a lot about how magical vision boards are and how they are an awesome tool to help change our lives, I knew there’d be skepticism and aversion about their effectiveness.
It’s the same with everything though right. There will always be naysayers, downers, and people that will find something wrong with everything. I can’t change that and don’t desire to (and you won’t see this on any of my vision boards!). LOL
However, when you do take a leap of faith and still find you are not manifesting your goals, don’t get discouraged. You want something to happen, here and now, and when it doesn’t, you give up on the process.
I just don’t want you to become one of those people who blame all of their failed attempts and bad luck on the method instead of looking at what they were doing and blame themselves.
You know who I’m talking about. The type of people who say things like:
- “The [INSERT DIET HERE] doesn’t work. I didn’t lose weight.” 99% of the time it’s because they didn’t follow it properly.
- “This [INSERT BUSINESS IDEA] doesn’t work and is a scam.” Mostly because they didn’t work the system like they were supposed to.
- “This Vision Board/Law of Attraction/Manifestation crap doesn’t work.” Let’s get into some of the reasons so I can tell you why it doesn’t work for a LOT of people.
Note: These are usually the same people you’ll find blaming their parents, friends, neighbors, the grocery store clerk, gas attendant, their upbringing, their schools, and even THE MAN (<– gotta love this guy) when things don’t work out their way in life.
The Problem – Why Vision Boards Don’t Work
The number one problem is we give up to quickly and easily. The moment we see something isn’t happening, we go right on back to what we’re comfortable with and continue the same, often destructive, habit.
I will fill you in on my own story of how I almost gave up too quickly. I started following the 4 Hour Body program right. And the first week, all went well – 6 lbs down.
The next week, I went to a function and had ONE meal that I didn’t think was too bad, and continued back on the program AND even added in exercise. But what happened? 0 lbs lost the 2nd week. WTF??!!
So I sat and thought long and hard about why my body was playing tricks on me.
I had 2 options:
- Say forget it only after 2 weeks and blame the method, in this case the 4 Hour Body program, and go on back to what I was doing before which obviously wasn’t accomplishing my goal;
- or keep chucking away and following the program to the T. Guess what, the next week, I saw a loss!
Now what would have happened if I chose option #1??? I think we all know the answer to that question!
Another problem is knowing the correct way to use a vision board. If manifesting your desires using a vision board (remember, the board is JUST a tool, albeit a powerful one) is not working the way you planned, then you’re probably not using the tool right. The next section describes how not using the proper technique will fail you every time!
3 Common Mistakes People Make with Vision Boards
1. You don’t really know what you want
The first step before even making a board is getting clear on what you want. Think about it: how can you expect the Universe to work on your behalf when YOU aren’t working on your behalf? If you’re being clear as mud on your goals, guess what? Clear mud is what you’ll get! Spend some more time really thinking about what you want. It’s the most critical stage of the process!
I used to go back and forth on whether or not I wanted to own a yacht. Why? So that I could ride in one every now and then and have parties, duh! But did I really need to own one to ride in it? The desire to have private parties on a big boat was there but the fact that I needed to own it was not resonating with me. So when I saw it on my board, I didn’t feel it (we’ll talk about feelings next). So I started to do some research. Can I rent a boat for parties? Sure. I don’t need to own it. Let someone else deal with the maintenance. I’ll just rent one out when I need it! I can find yacht and boat charters in almost any major city near some water. BAM! Problem solved – once I was clear on that goal.
2. You don’t have any emotion invested in your dreams
I alluded to lack of feelings above. Know this: If you aren’t emotionally invested in your dreams, don’t expect much movement in the direction of your goal. Every time you look at your board, you should have this warm, positive feeling wash over you that’s an indication of what you feel like when you achieve your goals. You have to feel it NOW even though it hasn’t been achieved yet!
Here’s a great way to help you with the emotional attachment. If you are manifesting a physical object, i.e. a car, go to the dealership and ask for a test drive and later, simply remember that feeling you had while driving it.
If it’s a vacation, go to the travel agent’s office and gather brochures. Being there talking with an agent about a trip is exciting and you can harness that feeling when you look at those locations on your board.
If it’s an abstract goal you want to manifest, i.e. peace, think about a time you have felt peace in your life before. Or if that doesn’t work, live vicariously through someone else as they describe how peaceful their life is. Ask them to describe every detail of their peaceful existence! Trust me, it works.
3. You don’t look at your boards enough
Consistency is the key to success in any dimension and it applies here as well. Don’t just go through all this work of creatively putting together your board(s) just to let it sit in the closet somewhere. I’ve heard people say they’ve had success with it not being in their presence but I would venture to say that it’s far and few in between. They surely were great at visualizing their goals which allowed their conscious and subconscious minds to react accordingly. But for most beginners, I suggest you look at your board daily. Twice a day even.
The purpose of the vision board is to keep you focused and inspired. Put them where you know you’ll see them, even if it’s just at a glance. It will trigger the brain to think about your goals. All it takes is a spark to jog the brain into doing its thing. Go even further and take 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening to breathe, feel, and focus on your boards.
The Solution – Manifest Your Desires!
The solution to the problems talked about above is clear. 1) Recognize the problem(s), 2) avoid the same mistakes people regularly make, and 3) refrain from blaming the tool itself when your goals aren’t showing up in your life.
Have you ever thought about the fact that your goals WILL manifest, just in their own time?
As a matter of fact, I add this phrase in mostly all of my affirmations: “…in its own perfect time…”
Even if I have a set desired completion date, it could manifest well before then or after. I still choose to be open to the when.
Over to you…
So now you know what to do when
vision boards fail YOU aren’t manifesting your desires. How have you handled this when it seemed your vision boards didn’t work for you? Or do you tips to help others in their vision board experiences? Weigh in family!