Ever had your mind made up about something and thought you’d never do it, but you ended up doing it?!
That was me, with vision boards. I never had the desire to make one and honestly never thought I would for 3 reasons (technically 4 if you count that I viewed it as an Oprah thing. No diss to Oprah, I’m just leery about following crowds). Anyway, here are my main 3 issues with Vision Boards:
1. The False Reality
I always viewed Vision Boards as a way for people to build a fantasy life, pin it on a wall and call it a possibility for reality. Like seriously, do you really think Brad Pitt is gonna marry you? And seriously, you really think you’ll live in a 12-bedroom mansion one day?
Not to knock people’s dreams, I’m just saying. Vision Boards are an easy, dangerous way to plan a life that is way out of touch with reality.
2. The Selfish Motive
Another issue I’ve always had with Vision Boards was the fact that they’re soooo narcissistic and selfish. Typically vision boards are about a person and what they desire and want for themselves.
Vision Boards can easily make a person think that life is all about them, their wants, dreams, desires, and personal happiness.
3. The Disappointment
So what happens if at the end of your life, or year for that matter, you don’t accomplish the things you placed on your vision board? How sad would it be if you’d hoped to start a business, earn a degree, get married, etc., but you never do?
Imagine, everyday you look at your vision board on the wall and at some point, it becomes a reminder of all you didn’t actually accomplish.
So those were 3 of the main reasons I never had the desire to make a vision board of my own, however, a dear friend, hosted a house welcoming/vision board party. And because I love her so, I didn’t want to miss out on her special night. So I went and took my mother (I knew she would love the party Lol).
At first I thought, there’s no way I’m gonna find my vision in some magazines…but somehow, it all came together! See!
Now that I’ve actually created a vision board of my own, I can see some good in doing them. Here are a few of them, in short:
Sometimes seeing things laid out makes it easier to internalize, see fully, and comprehend.
It is easy to loose sight of a goal while in pursuit of it, especially if the finish line isn’t close. Being able to see the finished goal throughout the thick of the process can be a huge motivator that keeps you going, when the going gets tough.
A vision board is a great daily reminder of who/what you’re living for. It’s a board of things that are important to you; the desires of your heart all in one place.
So I leave you with this:
Having vision is beautiful and great, in fact, God gives it and encourages it!
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Isaiah 42:21 It was the Lord’s pleasure for His righteousness’ sake [in accordance with a steadfast and consistent purpose] to magnify instruction and revelation and glorify them.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.
Whether you make a vision board, or just keep your vision in your head, make sure you’re not deceiving yourself in the process of “visioneering.”
I’m glad I went to this party and was able to get a new perspective on something I’d definitely pre-judged.
Tonight I learned that vision boards are great when created with the proper perspective.
Its ok to have desires and wants, as long as they don’t overshadow the want and desire to please God, because at that point, our desires have become idols.
For further reading, checkout Habakkuk chapter 2.