Do you create vision boards? You’re not alone. Many people use this tool as a way to manifest what they want in their lives. It seems like such a great idea, right? A tool to help visualize the things we want in life.

Maybe we took a workshop, diligently built out our ideal life with photos cut out of magazines or printed off the internet. Then we hung it on our walls and looked at it every day. We stare at it and think about that car we want to drive or that house we want to live in.

Then we start to get disappointed (or frustrated) that the vision board isn’t helping us to get those things we want. It’s not working. Grrrr!!

We might ask a teacher or coach about this, and they might give us advice like, “You just need to try harder” or “You’re not focusing enough”. Ugh, really?

So, just what is the problem? Here are the two biggies that most people miss.

1. Believability of Our Vision:  When we create beautiful vision boards of the life we want, we typically add a lot of photos of a lifestyle that is probably really far off from what we currently live. It might be a big house, a slim body, an expensive car, vacations to exotic places. There’s nothing wrong with wanting these things (in fact, wanting or desiring when from your essence is part of the human condition AND how we grow), but it’s often such a big leap that our minds don’t feel it’s believable. And if it’s not believable, we have created an unconscious block from bringing it to fruition.

Am I saying never go for the big hairy audacious goals? Absolutely not! In fact, I am a fan of them. Stretch yourself, but be sure they feel believable to you!

2. Thoughts Behind the Vision: If you understand the basics of manifestation, you know that thoughts become things. So what thoughts are we actually saying (aloud or in our head)? Probably, “I really want this car, that I DON’T HAVE” or “I want to live in this house, that I DON’T HAVE”. So although it might seem like we’re asking for what we want, what we’re actually doing is emphasizing what we perceive we LACK. And this lack will override our desire.

We’re telling the universe (God, The Creator, Universal Intelligence, Source) that we don’t have something, so the universe brings us more of that energy – to NOT have the car, house, money, etc.

So instead of our vision boards bringing us closer to our dreams, they’re repelling the very things that we want. Eeek, not fun!

Here’s how to address these two problems we so commonly overlook.

Before creating a vision board (or any intention in any form), spend time getting quiet, connect to that part of yourself that is all knowing – the part of you that knows that you are limitless, full of possibilities, and capable of bringing your deepest desires to fruition. From this place:

1. Ask yourself, “What do I desire most?” Use your imagination, don’t limit yourself, stretch yourself while still feeling it’s believable. Paint this picture as vividly as you can in your mind.2. Shift your focus from the actual tangible desire (house, new job, money etc.) to the FEELING that this desire will bring you. (The feeling puts you into the same vibration as your desire, not the vibration of lack). Connect to this FEELING as often and as long as you can.

Vision boards have the potential to be great manifestation tools, but for most people, we need to re-frame how we use them. Once we do… the world is our oyster!

Stay tuned next week for part 2, where I’ll share a tip about the Law of Attraction you probably didn’t realize that can help you put it to work for you.

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