How To Make Vision Board Work For You?

If goal setting journals are the top dogs, then vision boards are the underdogs.

The next time you meet someone new, ask them how they keep track of their lives. Maybe the response will be “I journal”.

It’s not hard to see why the world shows a lot of love to journaling. These tattered books help us take accountability of ourselves. From Albert Einstein to Emma Watson keeping not one, but 10 journals, journaling is a full-blown love affair for ambitious folks.

The same cannot be said for vision boards, however. While these purpose-driven boards are indeed making a comeback, they’re still not quite there yet as their popular goal-setting peer.


The power of vision boards

Image credit: Mary Elizabeth


Positive Education founder, Sha-En Yeo, created her first vision board back in 2011.

She had just resigned from her job and started her own business. Aware of the unpredictable and tough entrepreneurial journey ahead of her, Sha-En felt that she needed a vision board so she’d have something concrete to look at and to motivate herself.

“I had so many ideas in my head, and needed to make them come to life. The process of creating my vision board allowed me to gain clarity within. It inspired me to keep moving forward.”


Circa 2012: A vision board Sha-En created to remind herself the person she wanted to show up as – compassionate and empathetic. Image credit: Sha-En Yeo


Vision boards are a daily reminder

Dreamt of being featured one day, Sha-En selected a picture of appearing in the newspaper. She looked at her vision board every day to take accountability of herself. One year later, a journalist interviewed Sha-En and featured her together with her daughter in a parenting article for a top executive newspaper.

“When we are emotionally resonant with the picture we have chosen, we are more likely to take action towards making it happen,” shares Sha-En on the power behind vision boards.

The entrepreneur and positive psychology also had a business-centric picture on her vision board. “Having that picture reminded me, especially when business was slow, that doing work I love is my Why, and that money will flow naturally.”


Image credit: Sha-En Yeo


Why are vision boards more effective than journaling?

That’s because vision boards allow us to constantly visualise what our dreams are.

Sha-En, who is also the first Singaporean graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania, explains that visualisation is a form of mental practice.

“When you can imagine yourself being able to be, do or have something, you are mentally practicing for the reality,” she shares.

And if you still need to be convinced about the power of vision boards, here’s one – Oprah Winfrey credits it as one of the reasons behind Barack Obama’s presidential win.

“When you select a picture that you resonate with, it stirs within you emotions that remind you of why it matters.”


We’re hosting a vision board workshop with Sha-En on 16th May, Wednesday. Want to achieve your goals and bring your dreams to life? Join us to create your vision board, so you can have it up on your wall and transform your future. Limited to 20 participants. Save your spot today.


Image credit: Sha-En Yeo


Sha-En Yeo’s work has impacted more than 5000 people in schools and organisations. She co-authored the #1 best-selling book on Amazon, The Road to Success Vol 2, with Jack Canfield; and is also the first Singaporean graduate of Masters of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her works have been featured on MyPaper, 938LIVE and TV documentary Chasing Happiness. Sha-En is also an advocate of vision boards having led a full-day retreat in January 2018.


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