Top 10 Reasons Your Vision Board Didn’t Work for You This Year — and How to Make it Work for 2020

Top 10 Reasons Your Vision Board Didn’t Work for You This Year — and How to Make it Work for 2020


Why didn’t it work?

It’s time for a vision board tune up!

  1. Problem: You did the glossy magazine picture thing

OMG I hate this! DO NOT just go out and pick up a bunch of glossy magazines you like so you can clip pics and glue them to a board — UNLESS — you meet the following conditions. 

You are doing everything with a definite purpose (DP). DP means definite and definitive; a purpose defined. You are NOT picking up those mags, flipping through them while sipping on a PSL like a Basic Becky. “Oh, here’s a pic of a Lexus! I want that!” (Clips pick, grabs glue stick). Did you want that Lexus before you saw that ad for it in that magazine? Did you want it six months ago? Does it align with your highest good, goals, and values? If not, then you’re just arbitrarily picking material things without DP. (This blog will cover ALL of this). 

Don’t cut out words and letters to make it look like a ransom note, either. I’ve made a million vision boards. It’s truly a difficult task to find EXACTLY the words you want for your board. I decided to learn how to do lettering and buy stencils to I could make my own words specifically for my unique needs. I make my words purposeful — not random finds from a magazine. 

The Solution for your 2020 Vision Board: Make your vision board ON PURPOSE! 

Stencil, sticker, letter, or write your words in calligraphy. Print out the exact Lexus you want from your printer in color — year, model, color, etc. Go to the travel agency and get the brochure for the Caribbean cruise you want to take. Make the mock business card for the job you want. If you’re willing to write yourself a check for a million dollars like many Law of Attraction teachers recommend — you’re willing to do this, too. 

2. You treated The Universe like a waitress taking your damn order — and you didn’t even tip her. 

“Ok, Universe, I’ll take a hot husband, that new Lexus in cherry red, a Caribbean vacation, and the winning lotto ticket in the amount of exactly $8,888. And I’d like that all by Christmas.” 

And The Universe laughed and laughed… 

Again, we aren’t arbitrarily picking things out of thin air. And the Universe delivers on her own time. What you CAN do is what is within your control. Tell The Universe WHY you want it, how it will make your life better, and what you will do with your newfound powers of cash and a new car. Tell her what you are willing to do to GET these things. Tell her how you’ll be able to pay it forward and remain in service to her.

The Solution for your 2020 visioning: Gratitude 

The Universe requires you to be respectful of her. So give your order politely and leave a tip. You practice gratitude. If you aren’t grateful for the beater truck you drive now and you don’t lovingly take care of it, you aren’t going to attract in that cherry-red new Lexus. Or you may, but it will be more difficult and take longer. 

Every woman I know, including myself, has made the “ideal partner” list. Make the list and he will come, right? Not if you aren’t working on your own issues first. It’s one thing to put it on the list — another to be ready to receive it. Practicing constant gratitude keeps us open to receiving all the good that is possible for us. We have to continually practice the art of being a grateful receiver and an energetic match to what we want. 

3. You made your vision board It and put it away

I know what you did. You invited over three girlfriends, got our your craft stuff and a couple of bottles of wine. Y’all got into the craft supplies, got a little tipsy, and you’ll be digging glitter out of your couch cushions for the next three years. But you had fun, you made a vision board you like, and then you admired it. Then your kids and husband came home, you needed to shove it aside to work on a science project with your kid…and life went on. It was a moment, a fleeting moment of seeing your dreams before you in color — replaced by the daily life we all know too well. 

Remember: you once wanted that “daily life” you now have. It was once on your vision board, too — if only on the vision board of your heart. 

The Solution for your 2020 vision board: Display it prominently & refer to it DAILY 

Before you even make your vision board, ask yourself where you will put it? That will help you decide what you can even make it out of…If you’re a Photoshop or Canva whiz, do it there and print it out in color. I recommend prominently displaying it — which takes courage. When friends come over and see mine, they don’t say anything — but I watch their faces. They take it in. 

There was a time in life when I would have shown my vision board to no one! It was a lot for me to even get together with girlfriends and make it in the group for everyone to see. Now, two walls of my dining room have vision boards on them. I placed mirrors to reflect them, which is good dining room Feng Shui. 

Even with it prominently displayed, I still have to take the time to look at it and edit it or it just becomes a piece of background decor. Make it your phone lock screen and your computer’s desktop. This is why I love the new OS Catalina on my Mac — I can put the photo of Catalina Island on my desktop background. I have been visualizing Southern California for a long time — especially another visit to the island itself as I’ve loved it since I was a child but haven’t been back as an adult. 

But, according to my vision board, this is going to change. I know I’m going to be on that island again to visit! I know I will return to Southern California. I know this. My belief is strong. And as Gavin DeGraw sings in one of my all-time favorite songs:

Belief makes things real. 

When you know it’s for you and it’s coming true, it’s nothing to hang that vision board on the wall for all to see. I share my dreams with friends so they aren’t surprised to see the vision board hanging on the wall with a photo of Los Angeles on it. When your belief is strong, it’s nothing to share that vision with others. Sure, it’s personal and you’re taking the courageous step of leaning into your belief and sharing what’s on your heart with others. This is also how you tell The Universe you’re prepared and ready. 



Takes courage and trust. If you don’t feel your belief is making it real, you need more faith and bravery.

4. Your last vision board is all yachts and Maybachs 

Your vision board is all yachts, Maybachs, Hermes Birkin bags, and a condo in Aspen. Great! More power to you! But if you’re in a studio apartment carrying a Nine West purse to your Honda…that stuff on your vision board isn’t the next natural progression. 

The 2020 vision board solution: Stay realistic when it comes to the time and money required to achieve the visions on your board.

Make SMART goals. Don’t just pluck things out of the sky you want — again, be definite, purposeful, and specific. Your board should feel like you — not a hip-hop video.

I like to put big, luxurious things on my board like fancy cars. But let’s go back to a couple of years ago when I had NO car. The natural progression wasn’t going to be from bus pass to BMW. Let me get a Hyundai first, then work my way up to the Lexus, you know? 

Also, yachts and Maybachs are nice. I’d love to have them. I’d happily receive them. But they won’t make me happy. Happiness is, was, and always will be an inside job. That’s not to say the Bentley or the Tesla can’t be a goal. Let’s just chase the right things.

What would make me happy? Well, if my pets would live forever — THAT would make me happy. But that’s not realistic.  

Up-level that Nine West purse to a Michael Kors or Coach bag…Transform that Honda into a newer or better Honda or Lexus. Do you even own a canoe? Maybe start with a boat for the lake before the yacht. I mean — make it all make sense. Even if I win $100 million tomorrow, the yacht probably isn’t making the list of things I’d actually buy. I don’t want to deal with it, LOL! 

5. Easy vision board mistake: You didn’t edit it 

You made the board on January 1st with your girlfriends and it was filled with purpose! You hung it up prominently, you know it’s coming true, and your gratitude game is strong. But then you just left it. 

Don’t “set and forget.” Go back to it and take OFF the things that you got. If it came true, it comes OFF the board! If it’s still on the board but you don’t want it anymore (because we change and evolve as we are ever in flow) then take it OFF the board. Put new things ON the board. 

2020 Vision Board Solution: If you’re referring to it daily, of course, you are editing it. Make a list of all the things that have come true from it. It will keep you motivated. 

Make it part of your daily spiritual routine to look at your vision board and creatively visualize it coming true. Stay consistent with it and watch change come. 

6. Vision board mistake: You didn’t send it energy 

You hung up your board and did all the right things — you even stayed on top of editing it! But you never sent it your energy. (Or Reiki energy if you practice Reiki). 

The solution: Send it energy! You don’t have to be a Reiki practitioner to do this. (But you can always learn Reiki from me, hint hint). 

Look at your board. Touch it. Stare at it then close your eyes and see what it looks like in your mind. What does it feel like to do this? What energy do you feel coming off the board? What energy is it absorbing in your home where it hangs? 

I send my vision board Reiki energy standing in front of it in my home and from a distance when I think of it throughout the day. (I’m a Reiki Master so I can send Reiki distantly). I spray it with sage spray from Heritage Store. I keep its energy pure and positive. I keep it fresh. (BTW we can order this spray at White Dove). 

Keep your board’s energy pure. Be conscious of where it’s displayed and what energy it’s picking up. Hang a mirror opposite it to magnify its energy (a Feng Shui life hack). 


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7. Your vision board was literally the only thing you did for your personal development this year 

If you made your vision board in January and it’s literally the only personal development thing you’ve done — that’s it. That’s why you’ve gotten nothing on that board. We have to learn, grow, reach out, and connect in order to bring that board to life. If you aren’t willing to work for it on some level, The Universe won’t hand it over. Remember: tip her! 

The 2020 vision board solution: Keep learning, keep practicing. 

Did you read books about Law of Attraction? Did you meditate? Did you listen to podcasts or take a class? Did you learn Reiki so you can send energy to your board while you’re sitting in traffic thinking, “Gosh, I need to change my life so I am not sitting in this traffic!” Did you attend a metaphysical fair and get a psychic reading? Did you practice self-care, do your yoga, drink your water, and go to the gym? Whatever personal development means to you — the key is — did you DO it? And not just to do it and get it done to satisfy the life coach who’s blogging about vision boarding… How deep did you dig? How deep did you go? 

Did you do your work? 

8. You didn’t actually spend time consistently visualizing having the things on your vision board 

You made the board…but didn’t practice any creative visualization! You have to do it. 

The 2020 vision board solution: You “act as if.”

You become the woman who is gaining the things on her vision board, which means you are always asking yourself, “How do I become the version of me who has this thing on this board? How do I become the woman who is hitting these goals?” 

Shakti Gawain is one of the gurus of creative visualization and I highly recommend her if you struggle in this area. Her book is called “Creative Visualization” and it’s a classic in the metaphysical world. Who am I to visit Catalina Island? Well, I have a good job with PTO for starters (or the equivalent as a small business owner/sole proprietor). Who am I visualizing myself to be to buy that Lexus? I make X amount per year to afford the payments, my credit score is X, and I have a garage to store it in… I visualize myself having these things. I have to feel my way into it though. What does it feel like to carry the key to that car, sit in it, pull it out of the garage to go on my road trip? 

Call it daydreaming, call it whatever you want. But it has to be daydreaming with the feeling of already having it so you can become an energetic match to it. 

9. Your vision board is not congruent with your values. 

How can you have priorities when you don’t know your core values? I want that car lease but it’s not congruent with my value of freedom — and driving as many miles as I want when I want. How can I prioritize something that actually won’t fit into my life, lifestyle, or my personal values? 

The solution for your 2020 vision board: Figure out your values now. No excuses. I have a free ebook for you on that! 

If I value freedom (and I do), a lease isn’t for me. I’ll have to buy that car. So putting a leased vehicle on my board won’t be the right step to get my desires. Now if I remember my top value is freedom, I’ll remember I won’t want a car payment at all! I hated car payments so much, I manifested NOT having a car for two years. I had to learn to manifest a car-payment-free life — while having a paid-off car! My car story is a long story and this isn’t the best example in the world, so I’ll try another. 

If combatting climate change is your top value in life, you don’t want a car, you buy things used, you’re zero waste, etc. So you’re probably not putting cars and air travel on your vision board. You’re finding a way to support local farmers’ markets and join a community garden each summer. Maybe the car on your vision board is a zero-emission electric car — but not that fossil-fuel burning one. Stay true to yourself. Remember your values. 

10. You didn’t map our your goals 

You made these goals but didn’t break them down into smaller, actionable steps. Bummer. No wonder the stuff on your board isn’t coming to life! 

The Solution: Map out your goals.

Write them down. Put them in a planner or Asana. Break your goals down into small increments or building blocks.

I have one small bulletin board that is my actual vision board. I have three other boards that are calendars full of mapped-out, action steps. I am putting dates on my dreams. Yes, this is super frustrating when my dreams “are behind” on coming true. The Universe doesn’t care and time is our construct, not hers. But I am trusting the process and having faith. I am fully surrendered. There is the plan I made in August and then there is what is actually happening. I trust that it is all happening FOR me, not TO me. 


The Do’s of Visioning 

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How to make your goals SMART

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