Do you have a vision board?
If so, do you feel excited and uplifted when you look at it? Do you feel positive expectation and appreciation for what’s coming? Are you enjoying the evolution of your desire?
Or do you look at your vision board and feel disappointed—doubtful you’ll get what you want? Are you impatient and frustrated what’s pictured on your vision board hasn’t yet manifested? When you look at your vision board do you only see and feel the absence of what you are wanting?
In short: Do you look at your vision board and feel good or do you look at your vision board and feel bad? Is your vision board an uplift or a downer?
This post is in response to recent coaching sessions where clients have shared their vision board is bringing them down.
For instance, clients have said:
- I look at my vision board every day, but it doesn’t seem to be working because I still don’t have what I want.
- Sometimes I look at my vision board and feel doubt more than anything else.
- I can get really excited looking at my vision board and then other days it feels ridiculous to think it’s ever going to happen.
I want to address what might be happening if looking at your vision board is bringing you down.
If you have a vision board and it’s not bringing you joy, let’s explore six things that could be going on.
Stuck in Step 1
If your vision board is bringing you down, it could be because you are stuck in Step 1 of manifesting. Step 1 is Ask.
A vision board is a great way to clarify what you want, which completes the asking part of manifesting. But if you are looking at your vision board every day and asking, asking, asking, then you are always on Step 1.
This means you never progress to Steps 2 and 3 of manifesting.
It feels good to ask and launch that rocket of desire. It does not feel good to ask over and over for the same thing, never receiving what you want, and feeling stuck in the energy of asking, but not receiving.
It makes perfect sense your vision board would bring you down if you are using it in a way that keeps you stuck in Step 1.
Again, a vision board is useful for the asking part of manifesting. But then its ongoing function shifts to Step 3 of manifesting, which is Receive.
Here’s a little Law of Attraction 101: Your desire has a vibration. And when the vibration you offer matches, then what you want will manifest. But too often those vibrations never match up.
Let’s put all that in the context of your vision board. What you have pictured on your vision board, all your wants and desires, have a vibration.
Let’s say your vision board reflects the promotion and relationship you desire. You’ll feel empowered when you get the promotion. You’ll feel happy and secure when you get the relationship.
Looking at your vision board can help you get in receiving mode for those desires by helping you activate the emotions of empowerment or happiness. In other words, your vision board can help you offer the vibration now, feel now, how you’ll feel when what you want manifests.
That’s the true power of your vision board as it relates to Step 3 of manifesting: Receive. But if you only use your vision board to ask, ask, ask, it’s very likely you’ll feel the low vibe of being stuck in Step 1.
If your vision board is bringing you down, it could be because you are doubting.
Doubt is #13 on the emotional scale. Doubt doesn’t feel good. The feeling of uncertainty that you can or will manifest what you desire feels lousy.
When you look at your vision board and you feel doubt, that’s a signal, a sign. And it’s a sign of something you really want to pay attention to. When you look at your vision board and feel doubt, that means you have one or more limiting beliefs about your desire.
Doubt is a sign your beliefs do not support what you are wanting to create. Because if your beliefs do support what you want to manifest, you wouldn’t be feeling doubt.
Instead, you would be feeling certainty. You would be feeling anticipation. You would be filled with positive expectation. You would be feeling excited about what’s coming.
Doubt is a red flag when it comes to manifesting. If you feel doubt when you look at your vision board, you want to clean up those limiting beliefs.
If you want some help on doing just that, schedule a one-hour coaching session with me.
If your vision board is bringing you down, it could be because you feel disappointment when you see the images of what you want to manifest.
Disappointed it’s taking so long. Disappointed about the timing. Disappointed what you want is not manifesting on your timeframe, in the way that you want.
Consider the vibrational difference between positive expectation about what’s pictured on your vision board versus a feeling of disappointment that what you want hasn’t yet arrived.
- When you look at your vision board with positive expectation, you feel good.
- When you look at your vision board with disappointment, you feel bad.
Feeling good or feeling bad as you look at your vision board is coming from the thoughts you are thinking. Feeling good or feeling bad is coming from the relationship you have with your desires. Feeling good or feeling bad is coming from the beliefs you have about what you want.
Again, I want you to consider the difference between a knowing certainty and anticipation for what’s pictured on your vision board versus feeling disappointment about the timing of what you want.
Disappointment is #12 on the emotional scale. Now, it’s not the number itself that’s important.
What’s important is to recognize what you are attracting when you offer the vibration of disappointment. You attract circumstances and conditions that match up.
Disappointment about the timing of what’s on your vision board is not the energy you want to be giving. When you are vibrating disappointment, what you receive in return will not be what you want.
One of my biggest LoA leaps has been to lean into the timing of my manifestations. And by that I mean to increase my trust in divine timing, to embrace and trust in the perfect timing of the Universe.
You only feel disappointment when you are resistant to the timing of the Universe.
I’ll be happy when…
If your vision board is bringing you down, it could be because you are postponing feeling good until your dreams come true.
This is what I refer to as Someday Syndrome or I’ll be happy when… Namely: I’ll be happy when I achieve the goals and get the shiny pennies.
I’ll be happy when I get the relationship or receive the promotion. I’ll be happy when I have the abundance and love and freedom pictured on my vision board.
In the meantime, I’ll feel some low vibe emotion—discouraged, impatient, frustrated.
When you look at your vision board, are you looking through the lens of only being happy when you get what’s pictured? Are you postponing how you want to feel until what’s pictured on your vision board manifests?
Someday Syndrome keeps you from being happy now. And refusing to be happy now keeps what you want from manifesting.
Feeling good, feeling now how you’ll feel when what you want manifests, is the secret manifesting sauce to getting what you want!
Not feeling worthy
If your vision board is bringing you down, it could be because of one of the lowest of the low vibe emotions: Unworthiness.
I’m surprised how often a client will share with me she sometimes looks at her vision board and questions whether she deserves what’s pictured, whether she is worthy.
In questioning her desires—whether she deserves or whether she can manifest what she wants, she vibrates unworthiness, which is #21 of 22 on the emotional scale.
It probably goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: You don’t feel good when when your vibration is unworthiness. So if you look at your vision board and question whether you are worthy of your dreams, of course it’s going to bring you down.
Know this: Your desires are meant for you. Your desires and your wants are meant for you. Isn’t that wonderful to know?
Law of Attraction doesn’t evaluate your wants through a lens of deservedness or worthiness or enoughness.
Instead, Law of Attraction simply waits for the vibration you offer to match the vibration of what you want. That matching up of vibration is what puts you in receiving mode, not so-called worthiness.
Focusing on lack
If your vision board is bringing you down, it could be because what you really see—and feel—is the lack of what you want.
Focusing on lack or absence is guaranteed to make you feel bad. Focusing on the lack of what you want is definitely not enjoying the evolution of your desire.
When you look at your vision board, are you feeling anticipation for what you want? Are you feeling appreciation that what you want is on the way? Are you excited about what’s coming?
Or do you look at your vision board, the images of those goals and shiny pennies and experiences, and feel only or mostly the lack of all those desires? Do you look at you vision board and feel the absence in your life of all your wants?
Are you using your vision board in such a way that you are inadvertently activating the lack and absence of what you want to manifest? Because if you are focused—even if unintentionally focused—on lack, that is most certainly going to bring you down.
And it’s really this simple, my friends, you don’t attract what you want—all those delightful desires reflected on your vision board—you don’t attract them into your reality from a feeling-bad place.
“You can offer your vibration on purpose. That’s what visualization is. That’s what imagination is: Projecting thought energy on purpose.” —Abraham
A vision board is a fantastic way to project your thought energy on purpose. Of course, if you are projecting your thought energy on purpose, you want it to be the high vibe energy that attracts what you want, not the low vibe energy that repels what you want to manifest.
I described six things that could be at the root of why your vision board is bringing you down. Now let me offer a possible remedy for each one.
1: Is your vision board bringing you down because you are stuck in Step 1 of manifesting?
The remedy for this is to start using your vision board in ongoing way to connect with the emotions of what’s pictured. In other words, to use your vision board to get in receiving mode.
2: Is your vision board bringing you down because you are doubting?
The remedy for this is to uncover the limiting beliefs you have about manifesting what you want. Uncover beliefs that contradict your desire, and then cultivate beliefs that actually do support what you are wanting to create and attract.
3: Is your vision board bringing you down because you feel disappointment about the timing of what you want to manifest?
The remedy for this is to allow what you want to unfold in its perfect timing rather according to your timelines and deadlines. As Abraham says, “Everything you want is coming. Relax and let the Universe pick the timing and the way.”
4: Is your vision board bringing you down because you are postponing feeling good until your dreams come true?
The remedy for this is to enjoy the journey. Feel now how you’ll feel then, and enjoy the unfolding on the way to what you want. Use your desires as a focusing mechanism, and relax and have fun along the way.
5: Is your vision board bringing you down because of because you are questioning your worthiness?
The remedy for this is to manage your mind. The emotion of unworthiness cannot manifest unless you are thinking thoughts that create this feeling. Unworthiness is about vibration. Vibration is caused by thoughts. If you will think thoughts that feel different as you think them, you will change your vibration.
6: Is your vision board bringing you down because what you see—and feel—is the lack of what you want?
The remedy for this is simple: Focus purely on what you want. Don’t muddle your vibration with a mix of wanted and unwanted, with a desire for something and the absence of that something.
“If you focus upon whatever you want, you will attract whatever you want. If you focus upon the lack of whatever you want, you will attract more of the lack.” —Abraham
A vision board can be a truly useful and fun tool in your LoA toolkit. Just make sure you are looking at and interacting with and using your vision board in a way that feels good. As always, the tool is not the point, but feeling good is!