Why vision boards work for some

Vision boards are an amazing tool for visualizing what you want in your life. They can help you see what is possible every time you look at them and put you in a feeling of motivation to keep working and go after it.

However, not everyone sees them that way. For some, they can put the house of their dreams on the board, but it means nothing because the home of their dreams isn’t about the way the porch wraps around the deck with rocking chairs overlooking miles and miles of trees or their kitchen having a huge chef’s stove with a 10-foot island everyone can gather at during the holidays. Their dream home is a paid-for home with room for all their kids and grandkids to hang out and spend holidays together all in one place together. Same dream, just very different ways to visualize it.

Some people, me being one of them, dream in more of an emotional visualization than a direct material thing.

I love cars, always have. I love big cars, not sports cars. I can sit and see 10 different “dream” cars I would put on a board, but it isn’t about the car. It is the emotion I want to have driving that car, the feeling I want to have.

If your vision boards don’t do it for you, nothing has gone wrong; your brain just visualizes things differently.

There is no one-size-fits-all in life. Some write it down, some visualize it on a board, some visualize it in their head, some talk about out loud and record themselves to listen to, and some (like me) do a little of all of it because that is what works for me.


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Amy Gleaves is a dedicated Life Coach who has earned the reputation as an advocate of change. To date, she has helped dozens of people find their place in the business world and ultimately pave the path to personal and financial prosperity.