By: Coach Da-Nay Macklin BS, CCLC


What exactly is a Vision?

Vision is the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be; a vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation that is or has been seen.

What is the importance of a Vision?

There are two ways to get to an end result…

The first is to be pulled toward the result by being internally inspired. The other is to be pushed toward the result through external motivation. There is a huge difference between motivation and inspiration.

If you have a goal, and you want to complete it with all your heart, how hard is it for you to overcome procrastination, fear and challenges to reach that goal?

Or if you really do not care whether you get there or not, or worse if you are striving for someone else’s goal, how hard is it to overcome procrastination, fear and challenges? What makes the difference?

Having a clear vision of the end result is the most important step to success whether in business or personal growth. One of my favorite quotes is “start with the end in mind” by Stephen Covey for this exact reason.  Vision brings inspiration!  With inspiration you will now find stopping at the end of the day is hard, and you will want to begin as soon as possible in the morning. Procrastination disappears, fear falls away and challenges melt like butter!

Make it a top priority to define YOUR vision!  At least, create a short term vision to use until the longer term vision becomes clearer. Work with a coach to discover your vision and gain clarity.

What is a Vision Board?

As a coach I absolutely love conducting Vision Board Workshops…best of all watching those dreams manifest into reality is awesome!

A Vision Board is a tool to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goals that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.

A vision board is quite literally a collage of pictures, phrases, poems and quotes that visually represent what you would like to experience in your life.

Vision Boards serve several purposes:

  • Identify your vision and give it clarity.
  • Reinforce your daily affirmations.
  • Keep your attention on your intentions.

Vision Boards Help Provide Clarity

To say “I want a better life” is a fine goal, but have you given serious thought to exactly what that means? Try to envision what your “better life” looks like. For those of us who find that somewhat difficult, making a vision board can be a tremendous help. In order to create your vision board, you must actively seek images that represent specific details of this wonderful new life you desire. That means narrowing it down to specifics. For some, a better life might mean having a new car or home. Others may be seeking a new relationship or improvements in existing relationships. Making a vision board is a wonderful way to bring clarity to that general desire and turn it into an achievable goal.

Use a Vision Board for Your Daily Affirmations

Once you dream it, the next step is to believe it. In addition to images, vision boards can include words, phrases or sentences that affirm your intentions. We must silence the “stinking thinking” that plagues us all.  You know that little voice in your head that never shuts up, the one that supports and promotes all your limiting beliefs by repeating an endless litany of every shortcoming you could possibly have and every reason why you can’t or shouldn’t or won’t ever be, do or have what you really want. Affirmations are that little voice’s worst enemy. Affirmations express who you really are, release you from those limiting beliefs, and allow you to know that the possibilities really are unlimited.

A Vision Board Keeps you Focused

It isn’t difficult to start each day with a positive attitude – until you get out of bed. How quickly that fresh “new me” attitude can sink back into oblivion beneath the tasks and challenges of everyday life. How can you possibly remain focused on any goal while people and circumstances constantly pull you in dozens of directions at once? By using a vision board, of course! No matter what happens during your day, your vision board is a constant reminder of where you intend to be. Appealing to you on both conscious and subconscious levels, a vision board can work wonders toward keeping your mind focused on your goal, your attention on your intentions, and your life headed in the direction you choose.


danayWritten by Da-Nay Macklin; Da-Nay chose her passion over everything else when she left behind several Fortune 100 companies.  Today, as a certified coach, developmental speaker, and acclaimed author she enables thousands to achieve their goals and life purpose through her personal development blog and coaching:



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