The vision board became popular back in 2006 thanks to Rhonda Byrnes and her best-selling book The Secret. Millions took to this concept and started creating their own boards in hopes that all their goals and dreams would come to life. While some do claim the vision board changed their lives and helped manifest almost everything they wished for, others packed it in and gave up.
How Does the Vision Board Work
Rhonda instructs you to gather photos and inspiration from magazines, books, etc., and paste them on your board, all the while visualizing this object coming to life: your life, that is.
Visualization and affirmations seem to be at the forefront of the vision board, but there’s a problem with that.
The Problem With the Vision Board
The vision board not only requires you to paste pics on a board, but you also have to put your heart, soul, and mind into these pics and actually believe they are on the way. That’s where the problems lie.
Many of us can’t do that. We can’t stare at a photo and shout in joyous, unshakeable faith, “This is coming to me now.” We just don’t believe it. Try as we might, we eventually give up.
Why it Doesn’t Work
It mainly doesn’t work because we lack faith. We have a hard time having faith in something we can’t see. Humans are interesting creatures. We want proof, and without it, we don’t believe anything. I’ll believe it when I see it. And if we don’t see it soon enough, we throw in the towel and cry foul.
What We Can Do Instead?
If the vision board never worked for you and you gave up, there’s another solution. A more practical, believable brilliant solution that is almost guaranteed to work.
That is if you want it to.
Enter the Mind Map
Overlooked and underrated, the mind map is practically guaranteed to bring all your hopes, dreams, and goals to life. But there’s a catch. Sadly, no one seems to be too interested in this catch either, which is why so few people are willing to try the mind map.
You Have to Put in the Work
This is where the mind map is totally different than the vision board. The latter simply requires you to have faith, while mind mapping requires effort and hard work on your part. It seems we aren’t too keen on working for our dreams.
How it Works
Mind mapping works like this: On a poster board (or method of your choice), write out five main goals/dreams/desires you wish to achieve in the next 6-12 months. No more or fewer than 5. Underneath each item, you are going to jot down some ways you can think of to help you achieve this goal.
Put Your Thinking Cap On
Now, you have to do research, ask around, Google for answers, and figure out what you have to do to bring your dreams to life and then apply everything you’ve learned. Yes, you have to put in the hard work. You have to make it happen. Faith alone won’t do that. It helps, but it’s not the answer to everything.
Reap the Rewards
And now, celebrate!! As you reach each goal or realize a dream, scratch it off your mind map and replace it with a new one. But right now, it’s time to celebrate your success and be proud of how all your hard work has paid off!
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