Why vision boards don’t work (2019)

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Last updated on Nov. 30th 2019.

Manifestation is going mainstream and Vision Boards are all the rage.
If you haven’t heard of them, Vision Boards are collages that showcase all the elements of a specific desire you want to manifest.

Now I really love seeing people catching up with this powerful tool, however nothing makes me cringe more than the idea that if you paste pretty pictures on a Vision Board all your dreams will come true miraculously.

If it was this simple every teenage girl with posters of their celebrity crush on their walls (do kids still do that or am I showing my age?) would be dating stars.

I think this all started with the movie The Secret and a scene where John Assaraf finds an old forgotten Vision Board in a moving crate which prominently features the exact house he ended up living in a few years after making this Vision Board.

From experience I know that Vision Boards can work this way: I have used them successfully and received perfect manifestations faithful to the tiniest detail. (Like this one and this one)

I would still warn you though: Vision Boards are powerful, however a lot needs to happen behind the scene to make them work…

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When your Vision Board doesn’t work

Here’s an interesting story for you:

I once made a Vision Board to address certain changes I wanted to make in my life.
Part of the Vision Board dealt with an attractive business venture I had been introduced to which involved top Parisian luxury brands and locations, A-list celebrities and high-end luxury products.
Very prestigious and exciting (on paper)!

In practice, whenever I used the board I felt psyched about everything except this new project. As soon as I got to focus on the part about the new glitzy business venture things kind of flat-lined and I couldn’t get into it.
Maybe because I’m indifferent to celebrities.
Maybe because the deal involved my ex-husband (hmmm, go figure…).

In any case, something wasn’t clicking.

Ultimately, everything on the board manifested except this business deal. The whole thing fizzled and nothing ever came out of it.

Vision boards are much more than a collage

Many people seem to be under the impression that you can just paste cute visuals on your Vision Board and that these things will appear in your life by magic.

That’s not exactly how Vision Boards work.
It’s true that in some aspect manifestation seems to work as if by magic: I have certainly had the experience where you place your ‘order’, you wait and it gets delivered without lifting a finger many times.
However, what happens behind the scene is a little more involved than simply clipping and pasting pretty pictures…

You see, Vision Boards are not magic wands, they are a focusing tool.
They work by helping you create an alignment and deep emotion connection with a specific vision, an Ideal Outcome, you want to manifest.
Then you allow universal laws to match you with this Ideal Outcome.

The manifestation process is powered by your belief system and your emotions.
It’s not just about looking at the pretty pictures on your Vision Board.
It’s about creating a deep energetic alignment with your Ideal Outcome and sending out a pure and stable vibration that will synchronize you with similar frequencies.
This will harmonize you with your Ideal Outcome and manifest it in your life.

To put it more boldly: you can paste everything you want on your Vision Board and stare at it until you go blind, if you don’t feel, you don’t get!

Most people who try their hand at making a Vision Board are not told about this aspect of the process, they don’t know how to create this alignment.
That’s one of the main reasons why Vision Boards don’t work for them.

Blocks, blocks, blocks!

Now, any doubts, fears, negative associations or memories (conscious or subconscious) is the kiss of death to your manifestations.
It will either cancel them (like my glitzy-business venture) or it will yield frustrating (but sometimes hilarious) results.

Some things that I have seen happen:

You could stick pictures of happy couples in love on your Vision Board, and your best friend is the one to find love while you remain single…

Or you could feature a check for a certain amount on your Vision Board and receive a check for this amount in the mail. Only it’s a promotional (fake) one!

Yes, the ‘universe’ has an interesting sense of humor.

This is why I always recommend lots of preparatory work before making your Vision Board to ensure that you choose the right goals for you.

And then, I also insist on mental and emotional clearing work because otherwise you’ll run into all sorts of snags.

Cleaning house for success

Clearing work before making a Vision Board is a topic onto itself and a topic most people skip.
I spend quite a bit of time on this topic in ENVISION, my Vision Board workshop because this is another critical factor that will make or break your success with a Vision Board.

Generally speaking, clearing work involves identifying your blocks and finding ways to work around them.

Say you’re toying with the idea of manifesting a trip to the tropics but you have had problems with the sun before, you might feel resistant about the trip.
You could work around the resistance by either coming up with a bullet-proof plan to protect your skin from the scorching tropical sun or choosing a less sunny destination.
In this case, you may consider adapting things a bit.

If you wanted to switch career but were concerned by your gender or your ethnicity getting in the way of you being hired and compensated fairly.
You’d have to deal with things differently.
In this situation there are non-negotiables that cannot be changed.
There, it would make sense to upgrade your belief system to become comfortable with the idea that you can easily find a fair situation to your liking.

What I want to drive home here is that for your Vision Board to work you must feel 100% congruent with the vision you want to bring to life.
That’s the sine-qua-non condition for your desire to manifest smoothly.

If you don’t complete this step, you will probably struggle a lot with your Vision Board.

Beyond the vision board: action!

So far, I have shared some issues that come up as you plan and make you Vision Board, but there are other ways you can sabotage your success with a Vision Board.

An issue that’s often misunderstood with Vision Boards and that leads to failure is that they do require some form of action.
Not the hustle like a beheaded chicken type of action.
(This type of action is rooted in fear and desperation.)
No.
It’s the more subtle kind of action: Inspired Action. Action you take from a place of confidence, inspiration and excitement.

You have to move in the direction of your dreams.

Another story comes to mind to illustrate this point:
Recently I was speaking with someone who is stuck in a cushy career and dreams of an independent lifestyle.
They have a clear vision of the life they want to lead, they have all the pictures of the tropical locations and of the beautiful houses.

The problem?

Even if they want a more fulfilling life, they are addicted to the comfort of the stable and secure career. And even with all the pretty pictures on their Vision Board, their actions are not aligned with their dreams.
Obviously their Vision Board will not working as intended…

Vision Boards require confidence and boldness

Now, I am not blaming them, it’s understandable.
When you have a lot on the line, embarking on a manifestation journey often feels like hopping onto a row boat with no supplies, no map and the dream to cross an ocean.

It sounds crazy, it’s scary and it takes boldness.
This is not for the faint of heart!

Now, changing career doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your job on a whim and having no safety net. It will however possibly require that you make yourself more visible, that you lose some stability (at least momentarily) or that you learn new skills.
All of which can be uncomfortable.

One way most of us deal with this fear is by holding on to what we know or what feels secure.
Often this means going for solutions that are within reach even if they don’t really solve the issues at hand.
This could be looking for a job in another department at your current firm when the real issue is that we hate corporate life.
Or doing like the woman in this workshop.
This is a huge trap!

Another way is to simply avoid taking action by procrastinating.
In the case of my frustrated employee, they never seem to have the time to work on the projects that would allow them to fire their boss.
Funny how schedules can fill up quickly with stupid tasks once we have to find the time to build our dreams…
Another serious trap which will prevent you from getting results from your Vision Board!

Vision Boards sometimes work too well

Truth be told, if you actually manage to build the discipline to use a Vision Board to focus on your dreams, doors will begin to open for you.

However you will have to be willing to walk through these doors… or else…

If you are not, I must warn you that using a Vision Board while resisting change is a recipe for disaster and it will eventually break down your life.
I have seen this happen countless times.

You see the ‘universe’ listens to your calls and it provides you with everything you need to upgrade your life according to your dreams.

It will seek any possible way to deliver those dreams to you even if it has to drag you there kicking and screaming!!!

If you can’t let go of the depressing job, it will be taken from you.
If you can’t leave the frustrating man, he will leave you.
If you can’t go of the unhealthy food, you’ll get sick.

Things will get harder until you get the message, upgrade your attitude and allow positive changes to take root in your life.
Once you get on-board with the upgrades, things will generally turn around in the blink of an eye.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned before, change is scary to most people.
So, instead of embracing the changes, they get crispated, they stall, they resist, they procrastinate, they watch their life break down and then declare that their Vision Boards don’t work.
More often than not however their Vision Boards are working all too well. It’s just that they are not doing their part to assist a smooth manifestation process and reap positive results.

You have to leave the shore

Let me go back to my ‘using a row boat to cross the ocean’ analogy for minute.

A way to picture resisting manifestation would be to imagine that the universe had a big ship waiting for you just outside of the bay all the time to carry you across the ocean.

The thing is you would had to leave shore and reach high sea to be able see this ship.
And, you’d have to use a rope ladder to climb onto it.
True, it’s a bit shaky.
However, once you’re onboard your safe and comfortable passage to the other continent is secured.

Unfortunately, here’s what most people do is instead of leaving the bay and climbing onto the big ship: they board on their row boat and paddle frantically between the shore and the edge of the bay without ever coming in view of the big ship. They continue this way until they starve and die in the bay…

In other words, they lack the courage to enter the co-creation of their manifestation, they sabotage themselves and when everything fails they claim that their Vision Board didn’t work.

Manifestation is a co-creation, it’s a game of trust and boldness. You have to willing to believe before you see and jump before the net appears.

While it sounds scary, after working with manifestation for more than 25 years, I can assure you that it seems often way scarier than it actually is.
Often, the net is just around the corner and you end up laughing at your hesitations when you see how things miraculously rearrange themselves in your favor.

But to see the happy ending, you have to be willing to sometimes jump before seeing the net and keep paddling in the direction of your dreams even if it’s seem crazy.

There should be no back and forth: no worrying about whether your dreams is manifesting or not. This will destroy all your effort.

To get results you must visualize, believe and take action when it feels right.

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Manifestation is a system

As you can see, there are many ways you can sabotage your results with a Vision Board.

To finish I’d like to clarify something about Vision Boards and manifestation that will help dispel all mistakes once and for all.
The fundamental thing to understand about manifestation is that it’s a system.
It’s not about specific tools.

There are many tools to manifest your desires and a Vision Board is just one of them.
It’s a great tool, it’s a fun tool, it’s a powerful tool, but it’s just a tool. And if you don’t know what you’re using this tool for (in other words if you don’t have a system), this tool, (your Vision Board) will be useless.

Ultimately, the main reason people struggle with Vision Boards can be summarized in not having a system: not understanding what the Vision Board does and how it does it. This leaves you unable to anticipate and avoid the stumbling blocks that will present themselves to you.

What I have noticed is that many people learn to make Vision Boards by following what I call the flip-clip-paste method which you find in so many blogs: flip through magazines, clip what inspires you and paste it on a board.

It’s a fun way to pass time but it’s not the way to get serious results in your life.

Because ironically, Vision Boards made this way actually lacks any sense of vision.
In this flip-clip-paste method a lot is left to chance, to the glossy magazines you have at hand, to the images that I have been created by the artistic directors and the advertisers, …
Interestingly, with this procedure very little time is spend actually connecting with your own personal needs and your internal vision.

How can you expect to get life-changing results with Vision Board made in such a random fashion?

To avoid wasting time, it’s crucial to always bear in mind the goal behind making a Vision Board (and any manifestation process).
And the main goal you’re striving for is to create an inner transformation by focusing on an Ideal Outcome you’d like to experience.

This implies that before making a Vision Board you must have clearly defined your Ideal Outcome so it actually fuels you. You must stand 100% behind this Ideal Outcome.

Making your Vision Board work

The solution to your Vision Board woes is simple: to make a Vision Boards that works for you, you need a system that addresses all the issues mentioned in this article.

Here’s the Vision Board making framework I recommend:

1/ Making sure to set the right end goal for your Vision Board

2/ Eliminating any doubts about your goals so you feel good when you use your Vision Board

3/ Creating a deep emotional alignment with your dreams by using the right symbols on your Vision Board

4/ Using your Vision Board regularly to build the emotional connection with your Ideal Outcome

5/ Taking Inspired Action to close the gap between you and the Ideal Outcome which features on your Vision Board

Looking for the shortcut?
I’ve got you covered!

As mentioned earlier I have created a Vision Board workshop based on this framework.
It’s designed with savvy, professional women in mind and it guides you in creating an effective problem-solving Vision Board to address any challenge you may be experiencing in life.

Ready to make a Vision Board that actually works? Click here to get started.

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