I recently went through the Low Hanging System course by Rachel Rofe and here is my review. Is it as easy as she proclaims? Let’s find out.
The sales numbers look extravagant and the work looks very simple and this makes you question if such results are actually legitimate.
As with any course review on my blog, we’ll go for a deep-dive here.
Low Hanging System Review
Print on Demand isn’t a new concept. In fact, I started doing this back in 2015 which means that I’m able to fairly evaluate this course and strategy effectively.
In addition, this industry is now more than 10 years old.
This means two things:
It’s an established industry that’s growing year-on-year
There is more competition in the marketplace than ever before
The 2nd point is most important. How do you deal with competition?
The truth is – everything in the online world has competition. Selling on Amazon, building out niche sites, selling on eBay and yes – Print on Demand.
Where there is very little competition is hard work. This is one of “those” business models where you’ll need to go the extra mile and deliver a more compelling design.
From my experience, it isn’t as easy as Rachel points out…but it’s certainly effective. Because your job is to fill the holes which others have missed.
To get access to the course, you’ll need to book in a strategy session. Fortunately, these are FREE. These are helpful to help you better discover if this a good strategy for you going forward.
The good news is that the coaching calls are typically by someone also in your own country. Rachel has students and coaches across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Because there’s nothing more awkward than talking to someone 10,000 miles away with a 3-second audio delay. And these calls can help you working out if this business model is for you.
If you haven’t booked in one of these – I would right away. After all – they’re free.
The Course Outline
The course is quite in-depth and way behind what Rachel Rofe’s webinar teaches. The Low Hanging System course is made up of numerous models.
Without going into the deeper details, she teaches you:
The best types of micro-niches to get into
The platforms where to get free resources (Logos, Fonts etc)
Where to sell your products where sellers aren’t looking
How to scale your business through automation and outsourcing
In addition, there are several bonuses worth having including automation platforms to help you speed up the process. These are worth it for the course alone.
Where does it fall short? The audio sometimes isn’t the best (some distinct background sound) and the course structure could be better placed, but overall the course is still very rock-solid.
Rachel Rofe’s Community Element
The best part about the course is the community. Where does Rachel get all her testimonials and success stories from? Her community insice the Low Hanging eCom course.
This is an evolved Facebook group where everyone pitches in and helps each other. I swear some people spend more time here chatting than building their own business. 😅
If you’re on the fence about the course, then consider the power of being surrounded by those doing the work. You’ll find them here, and hence why there are so many good reviews about Rachel Rofe.
You’ll find students from all across the world. Plus – Rachel is likely to start events once COVID is finished where you can meet others in person.
When reading any reviews, the most common reason is to find out where certain programs might fall short. You may have even scrolled down to here already.
In addition to the audio issues I mentioned earlier, the biggest problem is the asset itself.
When starting any business, I look at the potential of selling my asset through a marketplace down the track for 2 to 3 times the yearly revenue. Being able to net 6-figures in one shot is one big payday.
For example – an eCommerce brand which yields a NET $200k may fetch between $400k and $600k in the market. That’s a house paid off in some places in one shot.
With Print-On-Demand, this is much less likely to eventuate. It’s more rare to see such businesses available for sale on such marketplaces such as Empire Flippers or FE International – 2 brokers I follow closely.
Now – this isn’t an issue for most people. Many are just looking for a spare few thousand per month, and Rachel’s course will work just fine.
The course itself + the community is super strong to harness results. This is a legitimate business model, though million-dollar success stories are seldom found.
Would I book in a FREE coaching call? Absolutely. You’ll be speaking to a real local who already does this business model.
As for joining the course and community, this is reserved for the serious action-taker.
If that sounds like you, I’d be jumping in right away.
I’m hit up for invitations all the time via my blog, yet in the real world – I’m just too introverted and simply work very long hours to accept any of them, at least during this stage of my journey.
Which now begs the question: Do you need to decline an invitation from your friend or family member? Perhaps you don’t really want to go but do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings, especially during these troubling times.
There are ways to tread carefully. Here are some tips for you to follow to decline invitations as polite as possible.
Everyone, at one point
or another, has received invitations that they don’t particularly want to
accept. So, what do people do in such circumstances? Well, it’s either they say
then regret it later or by simply ignoring it, hoping that it will all go away.
The latter seems to be the practical way to avoid unwanted invitations, but
ignoring a personal invitation may easily be interpreted as being very rude.
More than we could realize, we are hurting someone by ignoring them.
Having an inbox full of things we want to say no to, but we actually didn’t is common nowadays. However, there just come a time wherein we couldn’t handle it any longer. As much as we don’t want to hurt the feelings of those who invited us, we just got to say no sometimes. However, how do we actually decline an invitation we don’t really want to go without having to hurt someone? Read on as I share with you some tips on how to gently tell someone that you weren’t interested in their invitation.
Declining an Invitation:
The Wrong Way
Recall your previous
month. How many times did you tell your friends or family members these
phrases: “Sorry, something came up. I’ll get back to you soon.”, “I don’t
really know if I can go. I’m way too busy right now, sorry.”, “Sorry bro, I
just don’t know if I have the time. I’ll see if I can go.” etc.
All of us – even the
prominent CEOs, the politicians you see on TV, the celebrities you follow on
social media, and even your neighbor – have only 24 hours in a single day. That
said, it is indeed ok to recognize the phrase “no time” as a blanket excuse for
not doing something that you actually don’t want to do.
So, whenever you find
yourself making the remarks mentioned above, you should stop for a moment and
try to evaluate why.
In addition, perhaps the invitation isn’t on your priority right now. Maybe you just don’t actually want to do it. Even though they may sound hurtful at first, both of these thoughts are natural and perfectly fine. Try and save everyone’s precious time and effort by recognizing – and eventually acting upon – what is really going on.
That being said, the next time that someone offers you an invitation, be completely honest with them and especially to yourself. You may now drop the lame excuse of not having the time for it.
How to politely decline invitations
Do not ignore the invitation sent to you
Putting the invitation aside or just completely ignoring it won’t do you or the person who sent it any favors. In addition, the person who sent it needs to know whether or not you’d actually show up. Be considerate enough to leave them off the hassle of editing the guest list in short order. If you do not want to show up, it’s better that you say no directly rather than ignoring the said invitation. That is the proper etiquette, and that is what you should be implementing.
Do not procrastinate
Save everyone’s time and effort. As soon as you precisely know whether you will be able to go or not, let the person who invited you know. Also, most events require immediate planning and budgeting. Help them pull off the event properly by not procrastinating with your decision.
Be thankful and honest
It does not matter whether you’d turn up or not; it is always best that you sincerely thank the person who invited you. The fact that he or she put in the effort to invite you should already be enough reason to feel thankful and honored. So, show them the rightful courtesy by being completely honest with them. Do not try and come up with false excuses. If you don’t want to go, then be honest about it. That should already be enough.
Try and ask for a different time
In the specific case
that the invitation is exclusive for you, let the person know that you would be
unable to make it at the time he or she has requested, but you’d love to get
together with them at another time or day. If he or she agrees, then that’s
good for you. With that said, this option is obviously unviable if the
invitation is for a group get-together.
If you cannot make it in the event that you are invited for, keep your explanation on why as short and straight to the point as possible. Furthermore, doing otherwise will only make you sound as if you are actively trying to come up with an elaborate excuse just so you wouldn’t come. Also, remember that it is always best to keep it short and simple on top of being completely honest.
If you cannot personally
go to the event, such as birthday parties or baby shower, sending a gift as
courtesy would be an excellent idea. Attach a card that mentions something
about wishing that you could be there on top of saying that you are looking
forward to seeing the person soon. By doing this, even without you personally
there, the event would already feel your presence.
The greatness that comes
with taking back your precious time
You will be amazed by
how great it feels to clear out the hassles of extra obligations and to start
fresh. In summary, learning how to decline invitations politely will force you
to be honest with yourself about what really is important, make others value
your commitments and time more highly, and free up your mental energy to worry
about the things that you actually want to care about. And believe me,
acquiring such just feels so incredibly amazing.
The best part of it,
once you do decide to decline, you may live guilt-free and actually use your
energy to commit to the things that you will actually do. Remember that
refusing on an invitation that you don’t really want to go does save not only
your time but also the person who invited you.
I recently paid $600+ for the Pinterest SEO Secrets Course created by popular YouTuber Anastasia Blogger. In this student review, I cover everything you need to know.
Pinterest SEO Secrets Course Review
Much like you, I was drawn into her charm and charismatic nature on YouTube, yet I didn’t want to get too drawn into free information. After all, YouTube is a place for entertainment and where I’ve noticed training to be very surfaced-based.
I didn’t want to waste time. Pinterest was completely new to me as a Google SEO and Amazon FBA guy. Essentially, I bought the course to get up and going as quickly as possible.
From my experience, having bought 10+ online marketing and eCommerce courses, that the best training you’ll ever find is that you’ll pay for. And yes – that was certainly the case with Anastasia’s course….but there were some minor shortfalls.
It should be noted that:
a) I’ve decided to become an affiliate of this course after finishing it and putting my knowledge into action and gaining solid results. Thus, I might earn a commission with the links below, and;
b) I still mention the shortfalls as there is no perfect course. I don’t let such earning opportunities get in my way of judgement. i.e. I don’t downplay where shortfalls could be as you’ll further see below.
Anastasia uses Thinkific to host her course and the layout is very good. One issue is that it’s clumsy to go and re-watch videos you’ve already watched. Unlike YouTube, you can’t simply click ‘replay’ and watch it again. You’ll need to head back to the main dashboard and look for the module again.
There are 10 modules in the Pinterest SEO Secrets course. It’s clear that Anastasia really knows Pinterest like the back of her hand, yet she caters this for beginners like me. Even basic knowledge like setting up a Pinterest account is covered.
In addition, there are many PDF handouts as well as text notes. This was helpful to read after watching the videos, since this was completely new to me, I often needed a 2nd run through the content.
I believe there’s a certain vulnerability in being so learning something new for the first time. This helps me better understand where those learning digital assets or Amazon FBA might be coming from.
What I loved
Anastasia really knows her craft and is quite enthusiastic. In her course, she loses the joy a little and gets into business. The vibe is more serious but also, more authoratative as well.
She goes quite advanced including some technical setups. Having checked her work history on socials, she’s been in the SEO and social media game for almost a decade, so this in-depth knowledge now doesn’t surprise me.
Many people who use Pinterest already for their marketing know of Anastasia. Thus, her account and boards have strong following and she’s well known within Tribes.
What’s incredible is the Facebook group. There are 500+ people in there already with dozens of questions each with, and yes, Anastasia carves out 1 hour each day dedicated to her own community.
Lastly – branding. This isn’t duck-taped together unlike some other training I’ve seen. The essence of her course is building a strong brand as is evident with her blog color pallate, YouTube videos and more.
Chances are that you’re looking for a review on Anastasia Blogger to see the shortfalls. “Surely it’s not perfectl?!” and it isn’t. I don’t believe there is a perfect course out there in any niche, as each can improve.
In some of Anastasia’s videos (about 5%), the videos were about 2 years old. The rest was fresh content for 2020. I imagine that, while I was going through the course, Anastasia was actually updating such content. Yet leaving a course untouched for 2 years, in an ever-changing industry, isn’t helpful when YouTube videos go up weekly for free, to many of whom will never spend a dime.
Anastasia gets 90% of her traffic from Pinterest, but she’s considered to be an authority within the platform and many know of her blog. I think some people expect these same or similar results. For many other niches, I imagine you can only expect 10% to 40% which still isn’t too bad, since your focus should always be on Google SEO first and foremost. Others may exceed these numbers, particularly if you’re in the make-money-online niche. I’m using Pinterest for my yoga brand initally, not my blog here.
In Module 2, video #6 in the series has a terrible background sound of people renovating. In fact, in some other videos, there was mild overlaying background noise too and this is quite distracting. I was surprised that Anastasia would simply let this fly as this wouldn’t cut it on YouTube. If I were creating a course (and I soon will on brand building through Google SEO) and if there is background noise, I’d wait until later in the day to record the element and always check your video before publishing.
Now – am I being too obtuse? Not really. I’m the last guy to be riding a high horse and grew up from a low socio-economic background, and simply hustle every day to make myself, and the brands I build, simply better.
As someone who has bought and reviewed dozens of courses, I just expect a strong standard having spent tens of thousands on quality training. When you’re willing to spend 50x what a Udemy course would cost, I believe a high standard is expected. By noting these shortfalls, course creators can improve their student experiences and thus reduce refund rates or buyer remorse.
The industry has been tainted over the years and course evaluators like me simply help everyone rise to a higher standard.
**Update September 2020**
Anastasia has since been in touch with me regarding these shortfalls, was appreciative of my honesty and she will be addressing these over these coming months. I’ve also had my 1-hour coaching call which was very helpful for my yoga brand where I took 1 full page of notes and the call was recorded and sent to me immediately afterwards. In addition, she has been very responsive in the days after this and helpful via email and the Facebook group is very much alive.
Anastasia’s Pinterest YouTube channel has a strong following and her course lives up to expectations. It isn’t perfect, but really goes in-depth into Pinterest elements, and to the best of my knowledge, is very much complete. This is echo’d by the fact that many of her students have taken multiple courses before finally arriving ‘home’ to hers.
I do look forward to taking some other Pinterest courses to compare this one to in the near future. Also, I purchased the 1-hour coaching session and look forward to making use of that one next week. 🙂
Are there cheaper alternatives? Absolutely, but many (I imagine) would fall short and serve a different market of students who value low pricing.
Would I still recommend her course? Sure – if it’s within budget and you value high quality training built around strong branding.
If you’d like to support my work with the Destiny Rescue charity (more info here), then you may wish to use my affiliate linkwhere the price is the same.
Faith is a crucial part of living a happy life. Without faith, it can be challenging to navigate through the tough times. But with faith, you know you can get through anything.
Sometimes, things happen in life that you don’t expect, and it can leave you reeling. When you believe in a higher power, you have the motivation to keep your head up.
We’ve rounded up twenty-five quotes about faith to inspire you. These keep the faith quotes help you remember that things won’t always stay bad. Life goes on.
25 Quotes on Faith
Lack of faith makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
Life is full of obstacles and challenges. To be successful and happy, you have to put faith in yourself. You have to believe that no matter what life throws your way, you got this.
Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Many people struggle with faith because it means to believe in something you can’t see, prove, or fully understand. But when you have true faith, you know that things will work out, no matter how bleak the situation.
The greatest legacy one can pass to one’s children, and grandchildren are not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.
Money can’t buy happiness, although it seems most people forget that these days. Teach your children to value family, friends, self-love, personal values, a conscience, and a strong moral character.
If you keep your faith, keep your trust, and keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, God will open new doors.
Many times in life, we face obstacles that threaten our happiness, our peace of mind. It’s easy to lose sight of your blessings when you’re busy worrying about your problems.
But when you keep your faith, you know that things will work out as they’re supposed to while appreciating the blessings you’ve already received.
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
D. Elton Trueblood
Many people struggle with faith because they’re trying to believe in something that can’t be proven. But hope isn’t about seeing to believe.
True faith means you put your convictions behind something you know is real, even if others can’t relate. You put your trust into something because you have a strong belief that it’s real.
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
The tug of war between the heart and mind is a tale as old as time. Your heart often disagrees with your brain, creating an internal struggle. The mind doubts, while the heart hopes.
Learn to silence your mind and follow your heart. Have faith that things will turn out right, no matter what your head is saying. We’re not always as smart as we think.
Faith is unseen but felt, faith is strength when we feel we have none, faith is hope when all seems lost.
Faith is a powerful concept. It keeps us going in our darkest hour. When the world says give up, your faith tells you, “Keep going. You’re almost there.” With hope, all things are possible.
Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.
Charles H. Spurgeon
Anxiety is like a poison, spreading through your mind, crowding out all other thoughts. When you let worry take root in your dreams, you’re surrendering your peace of mind.
Worrying about a situation will not make things better. But when you have faith, you put your confidence in a higher power, so you don’t feel anxiety about what’s to come.
Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to. Without faith, a man can do nothing; with it, all things are possible.
Sir William Osler
When you have faith, it means you believe in something bigger than yourself. Something that can’t be seen touched, or proven – in scientific ways, at least.
Faith gives you the strength to try impossible things, live life without fear, and be happy without concern for what others think. If you don’t believe, you won’t succeed.
Keep the faith, hold on. Things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever.
When dealing with something terrible, it’s often hard to imagine how things will ever go back to normal again. It can feel like your world has ended, and there’s no hope.
But no matter what you’re going through, you can never give up. Things always get better if you have faith. Life is full of surprises, and usually, things turn out better than you ever pictured.
Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end.
Sometimes, life isn’t fair. Everyone experiences bad situations that cause pain, sorrow, or anger. We’ve all had some kind of setbacks in our life.
But most of the time, these upsets are followed by significant comebacks. Have faith that the struggles you’re dealing with today are paving the way for something much more significant in your future.
A man of courage is also of faith.
Faith is a powerful thing. When you believe in something, whether it’s yourself or a higher power, you feel like you can do anything.
With faith, you can embrace challenges and face your fears head-on. But without faith, you can struggle with anxiety and self-doubt, ridding you of the courage to do something new.
The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.
Things are going to happen that are out of your control. It’s a waste of time to try and fight the changes. Acceptance gives you peace of mind. There’s nothing you can do, so deal with it.
Even when things are changing all around you, believe in yourself. You’ve been through more than one of life’s ringers. Have faith that any obstacles only lead to bigger and better things.
None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still, we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have faith.
There are no guarantees in life. None of us know when it’s going to be our time to go. Yet, we go through life as we’ll live forever. We make plans for ten years, 20, 50 into the future.
We have faith that we’re going to die of boredom and old age, long after we’ve finished everything we’ve planned. Your faith makes you believe in the good. It helps you dream.
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
Faith gives you something to cling to when everything else has been ripped away. When you’re in a no-win situation, your faith will be the only thing keeping you from a complete meltdown.
Even if you’re dealing with insurmountable odds, faith can help you stay positive and hopeful. You believe that even though there’s no possible reason to keep hoping, you won’t give up.
My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.
Having faith in something other than yourself helps you get a better understanding of life. You feel peace within and outward. With faith, you can weather any storm, without falling apart.
Don’t let what’s going on in the world affect what’s going on inside you. In a world full of hate and judgment, embrace your faith, and show love and acceptance. Faith gives you inner peace.
Faith allows things to happen. It is the power that comes from a fearless heart. And when a fearless heart believes, miracles happen.
Facing the unknown can be terrifying. Some people shy away from the challenge. But when you have faith, you face the challenge head-on and emerge victoriously.
Having faith can give you the confidence to handle any situation, no matter how the odds are stacked. You overcome fear and go for your dreams.
Many talented people haven’t filled their dreams because they overthought it, or they were too cautious and were unwilling to take the leap of faith.
Many people will go through life without ever reaching their true potential. They let fear hold them back from living the kind of life they truly wanted.
Movie stars, musicians, chefs, and writers, are just a few categories where people have a dream, but fear holds them back. With faith, you dare to dream big and succeed.
The more in harmony with yourself, the more joyful you are, and the more faithful you are. Faith is not to disconnect you from reality – it connects you to reality.
A happy life starts with inner peace. Be accepting and open about who you are and have faith that everything happens for a reason. Don’t question why something is happening. Just live.
When you learn to go along with life instead of overthinking, you’ll find a sense of freedom to enjoy all that there is to offer. You find peace instead of turmoil—joy over anger.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
With all that is going on in the world, it’s hard to remember that most of humanity is decent. Don’t let a few people ruin your belief in the good of humanity. Compassion still exists.
Even if we don’t see it in the daily struggles of people fighting one another over their differences. Live your life as you want to see others do, and you may inspire change around you.
As you practice counting your blessings, you will find that your faith is being suddenly revitalized.
It’s easy to forget all the good things we’ve got going for us when facing a crisis. One big problem can make you feel like all is lost. You lose sight of all your blessings.
But when you take the time to acknowledge everything that you have, even if you’re faced with losing something, you’ll start to have faith that you will be okay, no matter what happens next.
Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.
Faith isn’t just about believing in something bigger than yourself. It’s also about having strong convictions and confidence in your abilities and yourself.
When you have faith, you can do anything you set your mind to achieve. You feel at peace with your decisions and the journey you’re taking through life.
Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays just to have a little faith.
In life, you should always expect the unexpected. Things can change in the blink of an eye. Sometimes, it’s something great, but other times you might be facing a difficult situation.
But when you have faith, you cope better with the changes in life. You have the belief that things will work out in the end, just as they’re meant to, even if it’s not what you planned.
Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.
Faith isn’t meant to be the answer to all your questions about life. It’s not a wisdom center. But your faith can help you come up with a way to solve your problems.
Having faith means believing that what you need will be provided when the time is right. If something doesn’t work out, you know it was because it wasn’t right for you.
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.
No matter how you plan and prepare, sometimes, life falls apart. Things happen unexpectedly. You get knocked back a step or two, or even five.
You can’t live your life trying to avoid choppy waters. You have to learn how to ride the waves until things calm back down. Have faith that things will resolve the way they should.
Faith is a crucial component of a happy life. Believing in something bigger than yourself can open doors you never expected.
Your faith can help you get through life’s ups and downs because you know someone has your back. With hope, there is no limit to what you could do. But without it, you won’t do much.
We all have goals and aspirations, but actually turning a desire into reality can be challenging.
Whether you are a successful, regular goal-setter or the type of person who quits their New Year’s Resolutions by February 1st, vision boards can be a helpful tool to improve your life.
Traditionally, vision boards are created by assembling pieces of inspirational material into a collage. You can cut things out of magazines, write down inspirational quotes, or add memorabilia from your life.
Collecting these images can help you manifest your goals and turn your dreams into reality by using the Law of Attraction.
But many of us are past our days of arts and crafts. If you want to avoid covering yourself and your home in glue and glitter, but you are still attracted to making your dreams a reality, don’t fret!
In today’s digital age, there are plenty of websites that allow you to make a vision board online. Ahead, we’ll explain the power of vision boards and give you our top picks for your own free online vision board.
How Do Vision Boards Work
You probably know that vision boards are a popular trend for self-improvement.
You may have a go-getter, self-help guru friend who swears by them. Or maybe you’ve heard how Oprah promotes vision boards as a way to get the life you want. Even powerful Olympic gymnasts incorporate visualization as part of their plans to achieve their goals.
But how does this work, and what is the science behind it?
The concept behind vision boards is based on the Law of Attraction. In essence, the law of attraction states that you attract things into your life based on your thinking. So, positive thoughts bring positive occurrences, and negative thoughts can manifest problems.
Using a vision board helps to define your goals and aspirations to harness the Law of Attraction principle.
You can either design a vision board around a specific goal you have in mind, such as running a marathon, around a certain theme like family or creativity, or around a general aspirational tone for your life.
Curating content for your vision board and then focusing your energy on this goal, theme, or outlook can act as a lightning rod for the Law of Attraction.
Definitive research is still inconclusive on whether vision boards can truly create changes in your life. Still, one thing is clear—the mindset and intention behind creating your vision board are just as important as the board itself.
In other words, you need to believe in a vision board in order to be able to take advantage of its potential power.
Ready to jump in and get started? Read on to find our favorite platforms to create your own digital vision board.
Best Free Online Vision Boards
I’ve gathered a list of the best free platforms for making your vision board online—and some might surprise you.
Unlike some of our other options for creating your free online vision board, DreamItAlive is a platform designed specifically with vision boards in mind.
Because of this, DreamItAlive’s signature Dreamboards have unique features designed with visualization and the power of positive thinking in mind.
Dreamboard offers a “guided wizard” to walk you through the process of designing your board using a large photo library or your own uploaded content.
After you make your board, you can share it with your family, friends, mentors, or even the online DreamItAlive community. Dreamboard offers a variety of creation options both on and offline, including collages, movies, and mugs.
Canva is a popular online graphic design platform. Although it has a variety of uses besides vision boards, it is still a powerful, flexible, and simple tool for creating your vision boards.
In Canva, the easy-to-use drag and drop editor allows you to either start from scratch or pick a professionally-designed template to create the vision board of your dreams.
Canva’s free version includes a huge library of colorful photos, unique illustrations, and designer fonts for you to include in your collage. Upgrading to the Pro version unlocks a larger library along with some additional features, but the Basic plan is all you need to make a beautiful vision board.
BeFunky is an online creative platform designed for photo editing, graphic design, and collages.
BeFunky’s collage maker offers a nearly effortless design tool for assembling your vision board from a variety of stock photos or your own pictures.
After you gather your content, BeFunky offers a unique feature that makes building the collage a breeze. The built-in “Collage Wizard” automatically creates a beautifully designed layout based on your uploaded content so you won’t have to play photo Tetris trying to create a perfect grid.
If you would rather flex your creative muscles, you can choose from a selection of customizable layouts and edit each color, font, and pattern until everything is perfect.
Adobe Creative Cloud is renowned as a platform of creativity, but it also has a reputation for being very expensive and complicated.
But did you know that Adobe Spark offers a free starter plan to create beautiful online graphics without a paid subscription?
Adobe Spark is an online tool for quickly creating high-quality visual stories. Like some of the other platforms we’ve discussed, it can be used for anything from social media graphics to websites, and this flexibility helps ensure you can find the layout you want.
And it’s easier to use than you may think. Adobe Spark was created to have a user-friendly interface, so you won’t constantly be wondering how to use a certain tool.
Adobe Spark’s tips for creating mood boards are a great place to get started, but you can also just let your creativity run wild with their extensive library of shapes and photos.
PhotoCollage is exactly what it sounds like—a collage maker.
The pared-down, streamlined interface provides a selection of simple but functional tools, allowing you to easily arrange your vision board. The editor even displays a list of keyboard shortcuts to help you create your design even more efficiently!
Although it doesn’t offer a built-in content library, PhotoCollage does have a wide variety of templates for you to use with your own photos.
It’s a perfect fit if you have already gathered your inspirational content and want a no-frills way to assemble it quickly—all without making an account.
Google Slides may be basic, but using a familiar platform allows you to avoid a steep learning curve. You want your focus to be on the vision board itself, not on struggling to figure out a new tool!
A presentation builder is a better choice for basic collage making than a word processor because you get more control over the positioning, size, and order of your photos.
In Google Slides, you can upload your own photos and arrange them however you want. You can adjust the size and even crop the photos to fit inside certain shapes. Then, you can add design features like lines, shapes, and text.
When you are satisfied with your finished creation, you can export your slide as a PDF file and print it out to hang in a good spot.
If learning a new tool is overwhelming, remember you don’t need anything fancy to create a vision board that helps you manifest your goals.
Pinterest is a great choice to make your free online vision board because you probably already have a Pinterest account, so getting started will be easy.
As a business owner, I love Pinterest as a product discovery tool, a marketing tool and a visual discovery engine. It has a reputation for DIY content like craft ideas and recipes, but it is also full of beautiful photographs and aspirational content.
You can search through this content and “pin” it to one of your boards. Find, click, and pin—that’s all it takes to build a vision board using Pinterest. And because you can have multiple boards, it is easy to categorize your content depending on your chosen focus.
The downside to Pinterest is that although it’s a great tool for gathering content, it does not offer any design features. You can create a board, but there is no easy way to print it out and hang it in your home.
Still, Pinterest is a great way to curate images and quotes for your vision board and could be used in conjunction with one of the other tools on this list for a more robust design experience.
Using Vision Boards to Make Your Dreams Come True
Finding a way to create a free online vision board is just one piece of the puzzle. But what comes next?
Step 1: Pick Your Platform
I just explored seven of the best options out there for your free online vision board creation. Consider how much time you want to spend on the board, how skilled you are with technology, and what features matter most to you.
Contemplate your options, but don’t get bogged down in this first step. The more important steps of self-reflection, creation, and visualization can happen on whatever platform you choose!
Step 2: Get In Touch With Your Emotions
If you are ready to make a vision board to achieve what you want, first you must determine what you want!
Take some time to explore your short-term goals, long-term dreams, hopes, and desires. Have a heart to heart with yourself. Think deeply about what your ideal life would look like.
Here are a few questions to contemplate to get you started:
What do you want to change in your life?
Who inspires you, and why?
What does happiness mean to you?
What do you want to achieve in the next six months? The next year? The next five years?
You can use these prompts as a jumping-off point for self-exploration. Don’t hesitate to dig deeper and learn more about yourself, because it will only help you to make a stronger vision board.
If you are having trouble thinking, you can use a journal to put your goals on paper or have a conversation with a trusted friend or family member. Then, use these insights to create your vision board.
Step 3: Get Focused
Most of us have a variety of different goals and aspirations for our lives, but when it comes to vision boards, it can help to narrow it down.
Try making a vision board that centers on one specific goal, theme, or feeling for your life. Focusing the content of the board will help you to more effectively focus on your positive visualizations.
Step 4: Get Creative
Once you have your goal in mind, it’s time to gather some content! Browse free stock photo image sites like Unsplash to find pictures that align with your vision board’s focus. Don’t forget to find some inspirational quotes also to add words to the mix.
Once you have collected a mix of content you are satisfied with, you get to embrace your creative side. Let your inner designer shine as you decide on a layout and color palette.
If you are worried you are not artistic enough, remember that the only person who has to like it is you.
Step 5: Make It Happen
Once your vision board is done, it’s time to let the Law of Attraction make the magic happen.
Print out your vision board and hang it in a prominent place where you can look at it every day. If you want to start your own business, place it near your desk. Training for a marathon? Hang it where you keep your running shoes.
Regularly looking at your vision board will ensure you can use your positive thinking to manifest your goals.
If you are ready to take your goal setting to the next level, you need to get on board with vision boards. Bring the power of positive visualization into your life and see what incredible things you can manifest in your life.
With our 7 top picks for the best online free vision boards, you have plenty of options to choose from to get started today. Which one will you pick?
When you set out on accomplishing a goal, it can be all too easy to lose that initial motivation. Life has a way of distracting us, and it’s up to us to stay on track.
When we get overworked and overwhelmed, it’s easy to put our future on hold. When I’m in a rut, I’ve often wondered how to stay focused on my goals. It isn’t always an easy answer, even for the most driven of us.
While our goals may sometimes feel unimportant, they’re what drive us to success. You should always keep your dreams in the back of your mind, so you don’t stray too far from your path.
How To Stay Focused on Goals
Achieving anything worthwhile is never easy, and at times, it can be downright grueling. It’s easy to get disheartened as you encounter setbacks along the way.
While it can be a challenge to stay focused on goals, it’s far from an impossible feat. With the right approach, anyone can work their way towards reaching their dreams.
1. Get Rid of Distractions
The easiest way to stay focused on any task is by identifying and eliminating distractions.
We often find ourselves inadvertently switching tabs to social media or glancing over at the TV screen when we know we should be working.
While it’s okay to indulge in leisure activities in your free time, when you’re working, you might have to force yourself to stay “in the zone.”
Set up a space in your home that’s dedicated purely to focusing on goals. Make sure that it’s clean, organized, and free of any distractions.
2. List What You Want
Too many people fall into the trap of setting passive goals instead of active ones. Passive goal setting is when you develop a plan in your mind, but fail to act on it.
Active goal setting, on the other hand, involves taking conscientious steps towards making your dreams happen.
One of the most important parts of active goal setting is the simple process of putting your thoughts into concrete terms.
When you write down your goals, it changes them from abstract ideas to tangible achievements. Even if you’re not sure what you want, writing things down can help you figure it out.
Make sure to be specific when listing your goals. Use active language so that instead of simply conceptualizing your ideas, you begin the foundation for carrying them out later.
Don’t get rid of your list once you’ve written it out. While you may have to amend it every once in a while, you should keep it in a visible spot as a daily reminder of what to look forward to.
3. Define Your Vision
It’s not just your goals that you need to lay out in clear terms. You should also figure out what you want out of life in a more general sense.
Like companies create mission statements, or people create mantras, you should write down what matters to you the most.
Ask yourself questions about your beliefs and values, and spend some time thinking about who you want to be as a person. Think about where you’d like to end up, and how you can get there.
Once you’ve laid out the most important things to you in life, use this information to come up with a statement that details your dreams and desires.
You don’t have to get too specific or complex when writing things down. Just a couple of sentences will do. If you want, you can even create a vision board with images and clippings.
Like writing down your goals, writing down your thoughts on life can help you to focus on what’s important.
Hang your statement up next to your list of goals, and make a point to look at it every day. If you ever lose focus, it can remind you what you’re working towards.
4. Manage Your Time
Time management is something many of us have struggled with since grade school. Like your teacher always told you, learning to prioritize time is the key to success.
It’s hard to achieve your goals if you don’t dedicate time toward doing so. You need to stick to a schedule and make sure that you work on your progress regularly.
One of the best ways to manage your time is by assigning a level of urgency to different tasks. While some things might not be able to wait, many are less critical than we think.
If you limit the time you spend on nonessential tasks, you’ll have more free time to dedicate towards self-improvement. You can set aside time each day to focus on goals.
A large part of time management is self-discipline. When the workday is done, it’s tempting to simply kick back and relax in front of the TV.
If you want to stay focused on your goals, you should try to avoid activities that waste time. Stick to pastimes that hone important skills. This can be anything from painting to speed dating, depending on what your end goal is.
Always keep in mind that it takes time, sometimes years, to achieve any dream worth having. You need to have patience and persistence if you want to be successful.
5. Focus on Small Steps
It can be challenging to focus on long-term goals after you lose your initial spark of motivation. It’s easy to get disheartened or overwhelmed when things don’t go as planned.
No matter how lofty your dreams might be, when it comes to setting goals, it’s best to start small. Over time, you can work your way up to bigger and better things.
Working in small steps can make achieving your goals manageable. Instead of spending years focusing on a singular goal, divide it up into milestones.
For example, if you’re looking to get ahead at work, don’t necessarily focus on your next promotion. Instead, focus on improving your performance just a little bit each day.
If you give yourself small, reasonable goals, you’re more likely to stay motivated in the long run. You’ll be able to see evidence of steady improvement and have a reason to celebrate each day.
Once you’ve tackled smaller, more achievable goals, you can start moving onto bigger challenges. Eventually, you’ll find yourself finally reaching the heights of which you’ve dreamed.
6. Lay Out a Plan
Without a carefully thought out plan in place, even small achievements can fall through the cracks. It’s easy to lose focus without a concrete plan in mind.
With a plan, you can map out how you’ll move from where you are now to where you want to be in the future. It can help you to achieve your long-term goals without losing your drive.
Just imagining a plan isn’t enough to force most of us to act. You need to carefully construct one over the course of days, weeks, or even months.
Even when you have a plan in mind, it’s important to be flexible. Our goals tend to change as we mature, and our life plan should accommodate those changes.
It’s best to map your plan out on paper before getting started. You can either create a list or use a visual tool, such as a flow chart.
With a well-constructed plan in mind, your goals can seem less daunting. Laying out a clear path helps you to avoid obstacles, ensuring you don’t waste any unnecessary time or energy.
7. Track Your Progress
If you find focusing on goals a challenge, it may be because you’re not seeing any short-term rewards for your efforts.
You can maintain your initial drive and motivation by keeping tabs on your progress. It’s a good idea to check in daily or weekly to see how much you have accomplished.
At first, you may only notice progress in your short-term goals. Over time, however, you’ll start to see improvements that will push you towards your long-term dreams.
You can take pride in your accomplishments and know that you’re that much closer to being the person you’ve always wanted to be.
While you may have to make an effort to track your progress at first, eventually, it will become a welcome part of your day. You can use a journal, a day planner, or even a dedicated app.
8. Motivate Yourself
Many of us have abstract or intangible goals in life, such as climbing the corporate ladder or starting the perfect family.
Because of this, it’s not always easy to spot progress, even when you’re carefully tracking it each day. You don’t get to feel the same satisfaction as with easily quantifiable goals.
If you find yourself losing interest in your self-improvement projects, it can help to implement a rewards system. Treat yourself each time you hit a milestone, no matter how small.
Rewards shouldn’t detract from your end goal. If you’re trying to stop smoking, a cigarette makes a poor choice of reward for a job well done.
It’s best to stick to a rewards system that helps you on your journey towards self-improvement and success. Try something new, take a fun class, or take some time to yourself and unwind.
9. Take Advantage of Technology
Nowadays, there are plenty of tools to help you better focus on your goals and achieve your dreams. You can even find mobile apps to plan, track, and complete your short-term goals.
You can also use technology to hone your skills or learn new ones. There are plenty of online courses and resources that let you learn on your own and for free.
Technology can also put you in touch with the right people. No matter where you live or what your goal might be, you can connect with others who share your vision.
Don’t be afraid to use the latest tech to reach your dreams. Even if you don’t consider yourself a computer whiz, you can find user-friendly sites or apps.
10. Find a Support Group
Surrounding yourself with the right people is one of the fastest tracks to success in any area of life.
We tend to feed off the people around us, sometimes picking up ideas and behaviors without realizing it.
When we surround ourselves with negative, unkind, or unmotivated people, we often follow suit. Hanging out with the wrong crowd can stifle your future even as an adult.
While you don’t necessarily need to cut people out of your life, you may have to seek new people that share your drive.
With the right support group behind you, you may find the road to success a little bit easier. This includes friends, coworkers, and even mentors.
11. Stay Healthy
Many people underestimate the power of a healthy mind and body when it comes to achievements. If you aren’t in good shape, it’s often hard to perform your best.
Keeping your mind sharp helps you to remain goal focused, even with distractions in the way. It’s important to exercise your mind each day to keep sharp.
There are plenty of ways to keep your brain in tip-top shape with just a few minutes of effort each day. You can download a brain training app, meditate, study, or learn a new skill.
Your body is just as crucial to your success as your mind. Poor physical health can affect you in a number of ways, from high blood pressure to depression and anxiety.
You should eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise around three to five times a week. It’s best to include both cardiovascular exercise and weight training to keep feeling your best.
12. Don’t Make Excuses
Procrastination is something that just about all of us have struggled with at one time or another. It’s easy to think that we can get things done later, only to find that there’s no time left.
You should have strategies in place to help yourself avoid distractions when focusing on goals. Once you find out what works, you’ll find yourself able to work more quickly and efficiently.
One of the best ways to avoid procrastination is by working in short bursts. All of us are able to focus for a short amount of time, often around ten to fifteen minutes.
If you work in short bursts interspersed with rest periods, you may find that you tire less quickly. You’ll be able to get more done in a day, and what’s more, you’ll do it more effectively.
Though it isn’t always easy to stay focused on your goals, it’s the only way to push yourself forward in life. With time and dedication, you can achieve anything you set your mind to!