Avoid These Common Vision Board Mistakes

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Ready to get started on your vision board to create a new you? Before you do, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with some of the most common vision board mistakes.

There are actually quite a lot of mistakes you can make when creating a vision board to transform your life. So, if you want to boost your chances of success, below you’ll discover some of the most common new you vision board mistakes to avoid.

Don’t fall for advertisements

A large part of designing vision boards no matter what the goal, is finding images you can include onto it. These are typically found in magazines.

The trouble is, when you’re trying to change yourself, the magazines you’ll be using for inspiration could actually sway you to focus on goals that aren’t really yours. This is because magazines tend to contain a lot of advertisements telling you what you need in life. It could be anti-aging products or specific locations you should travel to.

Ensure you aren’t swayed by advertisements when finding the right images for your board. It should only contain things that inspire you and fit the goals you want to make for yourself.

Avoid using too many pictures

While the right images can make a huge difference to your vision board’s success, it’s important not to use too many. If you include too many pictures, it can be overwhelming for your mind.

Just like when the home is cluttered, a vision board with too much going on is going to leave the mind feeling cluttered too. In order to work, they need to provide focused attention. So, the fewer pictures you include, the easier it will be to focus on your goals.

Ensure you’re fully clear on what you want

A vision board is only going to work if you know what it is you want. So, when setting your first new you goal, ensure you make it as clear and concise as possible.

If you are looking to lose weight, be sure to set a specific goal, rather than a vague one. For example, setting a goal to lose two pounds each week is going to be far more effective than simply setting yourself a goal to lose weight generally.

Once you’re clear on exactly what it is you want, that’s when you can really start taking steps to achieve it.

Don’t place the board in an obscure place

Once you’ve created your vision board, you’re going to need to be able to look at it every day. Placing it in an obscure place is therefore going to be detrimental to your progress.

Ensure you place the vision board somewhere that’s easily in view. For many people, hanging it on the wall in the bedroom is the best option. However, it could also work by sticking it onto the refrigerator or anywhere you use it on a daily basis.

Addressing internal issues

It’s all well and good having goals. However, if you don’t address any internal issues you may have, a vision board may not be as effective as it could be.

For example, if part of your new you transformation is changing the way you look, this might not automatically deliver more confidence. If you have deep-rooted self-esteem issues, these will need to be addressed in order to truly gain new improved confidence.

So, don’t use the vision board as an alternative to address your issues. Working out any issues you may have before you start one, will increase the chances of your vision board’s success.

Commit to taking action

Finally, one of the most common mistakes you can make with a vision board for a new you, is to fail to take any action. Some people mistakenly believe that creating the board and displaying it somewhere is all they need to make it work. However, you also need to commit to taking action.

Use the vision board to inspire you, but make sure you’re taking steps each day to achieve the goals you’ve set.

As you can see, there’s a lot of mistakes you can make when creating a vision board to transform your life. The above are some of the most common mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

About the author

Robin Lavitch, MA, CPC, is the founder of Surpass Your Goals, a coaching practice for entrepreneurs, executives, tweens, school administrators, and more. Her capacity to connect with audiences, elicit thought-provoking ideas and clarify personal ambitions prepares people to apply that knowledge instantaneously to accelerate their own results in leadership, sales, and time management.

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