3 Surprising Reasons Why You Need to Tear Down Your Vision Board | Tech Blog

If you keep looking at your vision board and only seeing where you have failed, it’s time to take it down.

BY Peter Economy – 06 Jul 2018

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“Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.” — Napoleon Hill

For the longest time, the realm of self-improvement and personal development has advocated the idea that what you think, you will become — what you visualize, you can attain. In stressing the importance of paying attention to what you desire, you are asked to treat your thoughts and ideas very seriously.

One way to concretely represent your aspirations and dreams for a more fulfilling life is to create a vision board. Collect photos — print them out, cut them out from magazines — quotes, and other motivational texts and images, and attach them to a large poster board. Find a highly visible place in your home or office, and look at your vision board daily.

Although the vision board can be a good way to remind yourself of the life you strive for, it can, in some ways, be detrimental to your success. Here are 3 reasons why you might want to take your vision board and throw it in the trash:

1. You end up focusing on an illusion of perfection.

Perfection does not necessarily exist, and if it does, it may not exist in the way you think. Vision boards allow us to run the risk of not recognizing what we really want even when it shows up on our front step all because the results may not match what we envision.

2. More thinking, less doing?

The truth is, you may actually spend more energy fantasizing about an ideal life — expecting it come to you — rather than taking all the necessary steps to create the lifestyle you desire. Inspiration and motivation can only take you so far. Be sure to take action.

3. You may stress yourself out more.

One danger of a vision board? If you are not careful, it could serve as a harsh reminder of the things that you lack. Use your board as a motivating force, and remember that it has equal power to remind you of your perceived failures as well as your possible successes.

If you feel more overwhelmed than invigorated about your career or life goals when you look at your vision board, it may be time to take it down. But ultimately, you must remember: the beauty of life lies not in your accomplishments, but in the steps you took to achieve them.

 

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