Do Vision Boards Really Work? Answer Here.

Eric S Burdon
May 15, 2018 · 5 min read
“A wall covered with layers of torn up posters” by Manolo Chrétien on Unsplash

If you’ve ever been in network marketing before, one thing you may hear that’s passed around is vision boards.

This particular tool in the industry is like a gift sent down by the gods.

Many people swear by these and hail them as the best method to achieve goals and understand what you want to achieve.

But do they really work?

I mean, are they feasible methods for accomplishing our goals or is it all hype?

Well the truth behind vision boards is that it depends on how you see them.

Like everything, vision boards could be the things that people praise to no end. People in the past have gotten massive success through visualization and a vision board may have been part of that process.

At the same time, vision boards could also be a heaping mound of steaming bovine feces. Many people have attested to why they don’t work.

So let’s look at both camps, after all, knowledge is to know one side of the coin while wisdom is to know both.

Why They Don’t Work

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” — Napoleon Hill

If you’ve never heard of vision boards before, let me provide a brief overview of it.

Vision boards are essentially boards where you share what you want in life. In network marketing, they encourage you to “dream big” and really hype that up. It’s an effective tool which prompts people to place luxurious cars, expensive trips, large houses and more on there.

The idea behind vision boards is much like the law of attraction. These are prompts that encourage you to envision yourself with these things.

But as I said before, you can dream all you like but until you take action, those dreams will stay dreams.

This is where the problem lies with vision boards.

People struggle to make them work because they fill it with a variety of things, but don’t have a concrete plan to take action.

This renders the vision board they created as nothing more than a kids drawing that you place on the fridge. You say “That’s nice” and eventually toss it out after a while.

Furthermore, as many in this camp would argue, the creation of a vision board takes time. It’s painfully obvious, but in the self improvement world, time is drilled into our head as a precious commodity and it really is.

You are essentially wasting your time creating a “vision board” that doesn’t provide much merit until you take action. In which point you could argue you should’ve taken action from the get go rather than set aside some time to do some arts and crafts exercise.

Why Vision Boards Do Work

“A man who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself.” — Alexandre Dumas

But despite that massive flaw, there are still people who take advantage of vision boards and they are helpful tools. People like Oprah Winfrey, Katy Parry, and many others have used visions boards in the past.

The main reason that is is because they understand how they work. They simply choose not to tell people openly.

That or they might’ve but it’s hard to find the info.

Anyway, when you manage to work past the hyped up network marketing sales pitch and/or the euphoria of putting all your desires onto a piece of paper to see, you can start to think of things realistically.

Like I said above, we need to put in the effort to get what we want, therefore we must be setting goals and realistic targets to reach them.

No pretty collage will help us directly in that.

Furthermore, people who do set vision boards know that these are secondary things. Many people immediately start with vision boards and think that those are good goal setting tools.

The thing is, alone they are nothing but a waste of time.

If you already know your goals and desires, vision boards can work as a secondary thing. It can be something you wake up to and serve as a reminder of what you want to achieve.

If you already have your goals and some affirmations, this can be an add-on.

Vision Boards Usefulness Depends On You

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In my honest opinion, I find vision boards to be unnecessary fluff. They are good visualization tools but I find this bit of additional planning doesn’t yield a lot for most people.

Instead of taking all this time to visualize what you want and put to paper, instead write it down and have some goals around it.

You may have a different opinion on the matter and that’s alright. As I’ve said, it’s a mixed bag on whether this method is good or bad.

In the end, do what you must in order to succeed and grow yourself.

To your growth!

Eric S Burdon

This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 45 of 91 of this series.


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