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How to Make a Vision Board That Works

If you think vision boards are bogus, then the joke’s on you. They work, and there’s actually a really simple explanation of why they work so well.

A vision board creates a sacred space that displays what you want to achieve and brings it to life. What you focus on expands.

When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, you essentially end up doing short visualization exercises throughout the day.

Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can express.

According to the popular book The Secret, “The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.”

How to Make a Vision Board That Works

Whether you believe that or not, we know that visualization works. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance, and Psychology Today reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined (visualized) lifting weights.

So, what’s the big secret to creating a vision board that works? It’s simple:

Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to include the material stuff, too. However, the more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.

Here’s an example. I have a beautiful coaster from Drybar on my vision board (pictured above), not because I want to open my own blow dry bar, but because I love the feeling I get when I walk into one of Alli Webb’s Drybar establishments. I want my customers to feel those same happy vibes when they come across my brand, so on the board it went.

I added a few trinkets, like a peacock feather and bookmark, that I picked up at retreats where I felt incredible energy and motivation around what I was learning. When I’m in my home office, I want to feel the same way I felt at those retreats.

A few inspirational notecards from my best friends and women I admire are on my board as well; I personally believe that their handwritten notes on the back infuse it with even more good vibes.

There is only one major rule for creating a vision board that works, and it’s that there aren’t any rules.

You aren’t going to mess it up, you can create your vision board on your own terms. Here are the answers to the most common questions people ask:

Q: What should I put on my vision board?

A: Anything that inspires and motivates you. The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life. First, think about what your goals are in the following areas: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth (including spirituality, social life, education) and health.

You don’t have to cover each area exactly the same, just take a mental inventory of what you want each of those areas to look like and write them down. Always handwrite your goals instead of typing them, there’s something energetic about actually handwriting your goals. From your goals and aspirations, think about what you want on your vision board. Like I said before, what you focus on expands. You’ll be amazed at how things just start popping up all over the place once you set the intention for what you want and how you want to feel.

Q: Should I have one main vision board or a bunch of small ones for different areas of my life?

A: It’s totally up to you. What makes the most sense in your life? I personally like to have one central vision board that I look at every day in my home office, and I have a few small ones that I’ve made at retreats that I keep around too. Each area of our lives affect each other, so starting with one central vision board usually makes sense. Theme boards that center on specific events or areas of your life are great too, for instance, a wedding-day-specific will help you focus on how you want to feel on your big day, or a career-specific board at your desk space can help you work towards that promotion.

Q: How often should I re-do my vision board?

A: Whenever it feels right. I often leave blank space on my vision board so I can accept new things as they appear in my life, and add and rearrange during the year when I feel it. You’ll just know. Then, every December, I give the board a total refresh to get clear about what I want in the new year. Some things stay and some have served their purpose and don’t make the cut.

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How To Make A Vision Board That Works

What you’ll need:

  • Any kind of board, if you’re new maybe start with a cork board or poster board from the hardware store, they run about a dollar. If you can, I recommend a pin board or something pretty you like to look at — I got my 24×24″ white wood framed pin board on Etsy.
  • Scissors, tape, pins, and/or a glue-stick to put your board together.
  • If you want, fun markers, stickers, or anything else you can think of to deck out your board. I don’t use that stuff, but if embellishments make you feel great, then go for it.
  • Magazines that you can cut images and quotes from.
  • Most importantly, the stuff you want to look at every day. Photos, quotes, sayings, images of places you want to go, reminders of events, places, or people, postcards from friends and just about anything that will inspire you.
  • Time. Give yourself a stress-free hour or two to put your board together. If you’re a social butterfly, invite your friends over and make a party out of it. I host a vision board party every year on the first night of my partner mastermind weekend and I can’t even tell you how much it sets the tone for the event — everyone is more focused and less stressed after we do it.

How to do it:

Set the mood. Turn off the TV and turn on some relaxing music. Light a candle and clear your space.

When it comes to actually placing your stuff on the board, I like to leave space in between each item because clutter clouds my mind. I like space. However, if you love the feeling of closeness and want everything to touch and overlap, then huddle it all together and overlap your objects. As for choosing what makes the final cut, lay everything out before you start gluing and pinning so you can get an idea of where you want everything.

What do you think? Will you create a vision board if you don’t have one already? I hope the answer is yes.

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  1. Bonnie J Mheshe

    January 21st, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I do mine in Adobe Photoshop. And use sacred geometry. They have really powered-up,and I’m amazed at the results. If I overlap images, words…and make directional flows, everything works with every other thing on my board in creating my goals, often in ways I hadn’t thought of when building the board..

  2. Elizabeth Rider

    January 22nd, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Great idea for those with photoshop skills! 🙂

  3. Yoli Maldonado

    January 21st, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Yes most definitely making one!

  4. dawn

    January 21st, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    is it ok if I use a book?!?

  5. Elizabeth Rider

    January 22nd, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Sure.

  6. Allison Biggs

    January 21st, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I just created 4 vision boards- which totally felt right to me. I like to include text that I cut out of magazines that describes how I want to feel. I flip through the pages and start to clip whatever I’m really drawn to, so that there is a bit of serendipity to the process. There are things that I add intentionally as well, but I find that adding a little bit of chance keeps me open and honest with myself about what I want.

  7. Elizabeth Rider

    January 22nd, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Love that. It’s all about what you want, so if 4 is the number that is great.

  8. Jessica Lauren DeBry

    January 21st, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Liz, I absolutely loved making a vision board with you last weekend! Mine is proudly displayed in my home office and my #truthbomb speaks to me everyday. <3

  9. Elizabeth Rider

    January 22nd, 2015 at 11:54 am

    So glad and I’m so proud of you, Jessica!

  10. Alani Keiser

    January 22nd, 2015 at 4:37 am

    I love the simplicity of your board… I’ve made a board twice in my life, but by advice of others I have always stuck a ton of pictures on. Maybe this is why I lost interest in my board.
    Simplicity is the key! Thanks for this article xx

  11. Elizabeth Rider

    January 22nd, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Yes, your board should be what YOU like and want to see, not what other people think!

  12. smerler2graham

    January 22nd, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Elizabeth! I’m the newbie to your incredible site, blog, etc. I am just learning about manifesting, let’s just say I have ‘dabbled’ unsuccessfully, but am beggining to get clearer on the how’s. Lots of stuff to clear out in my head after 51 years! I will definitely be creating a vision board. Thanks for this and for your Purpose to Profit! Will be working on manifesting the ability to work with you personally!

  13. Elizabeth Rider

    February 12th, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Wonderful!

  14. Elizabeth Resnick

    January 23rd, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Wow, talk about synchronicity! I have been doing visualization exercises at night right before I go to sleep ( based on one of Wayne Dyer’s books ), and have been absolutely amazed by what has taken place in just a few months. I am not a materialistic person, but two major items, that are very meaningful to me, literally fell in my lap, when I thought it would be years before I had them. Also have seen unexpected but wonderful relationship strides. These were all things I visualized. I have just been thinking that the next step is a vision board, and I come across this post. Thank you! Can’t wait to see what follows!

  15. Elizabeth Rider

    February 12th, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    So exciting!

  16. Elizabeth Trabert Piper

    February 4th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Love this! I’m a speaker and couch for young women, and sometimes I get so wrapped up in what to teach them about pursuing their goals and dreams, that I forget to sit down and do something that helps me, too. I can’t wait to set a date and do this with my business partner! xoxo

  17. Elizabeth Rider

    February 12th, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Fantastic! Glad to hear it.

  18. Raelene Fewer Bartlett

    February 12th, 2015 at 6:58 am

    When creating my 2015 vision board, I tried to make it online. But there’s something about a real-life board, especially something pretty like yours, Elizabeth! Going to plan an hour over the weekend to get a real one up in my office. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Elizabeth Rider

    February 12th, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    So glad to hear it. And I agree, a physical vision board is so much better than one online! There’s something about the physical manifestation of what we want that makes it come to life.

  20. Art Creator

    October 19th, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I really love the idea of creating a vision board. I thought about it many times and never got started. I had the feeling that it must be perfect….your post gave me some new motivation! Thanks a lot!

  21. Elise

    August 22nd, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Hey Elizabeth, Thanks for this post I am currently on the hunt for growing your business online info (and free because I have no money to spend on training right now, or else I would buy your 6 week course) but I love the idea of this vision board. I am a journaler and always have been but I like the idea of having this board by my desk where I can see it everyday! I do not consider myself to be a very crafty person, but I want to make it look nice and you make it sound so EASY!! I’m going to try this!

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