How to Create an Empowering Vision Board

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Vision board ideas and examples are incredibly useful and inspirational when making your own. I've designed this post to show you how to make your own vision boards and how to use them to maximize your visualization practice!

Also known as dream boards, these simple devices are one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you. The inspirational collages serve as your image of the future - a tangible example, idea or representation of where you are going. They should represent your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life.

Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements you give your subconscious mind. And when those statements are the affirmations and images of your goals, you are destined to achieve them! - Jack Canfield

By representing your goals with pictures and images you will actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation...  and your emotions are the vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction. The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words,” certainly holds true here.

If you have already defined your dreams, it’s time to illustrate them visually.

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board is a visualization tool which refers to a board of any sort used to build a collage of words and pictures that represent your goals and dreams. 

They can be bought from a professional supplier or made with cork or poster boards. By placing visual representations of your goals into one space, you can easily visualize them frequently. Remembering to look at them daily and imagine them as if they have already come true is one of the best ways to activate the Law of Attraction.

How Do You Use a Vision Board for Goal-Setting?

The best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind, so you’re always looking for ways to move yourself closer to them – and a vision board is the perfect tool to help you do that.

By putting a vision board somewhere you can see it every day, you will prompt yourself to visualize your ideal life on a regular basis. And that’s important because visualization activates the creative powers of your subconscious mind and programs your brain to notice available resources that were always there but escaped your notice. Through the Law of Attraction, visualization also magnetizes and attracts to you the people, resources, and opportunities you need to achieve your goal.

By adding a visualization practice to your daily routine, you will naturally become more motivated to reach your goals. You’ll start to notice you are unexpectedly doing things that move you closer to your ideal life. Suddenly, you find yourself volunteering to take on more responsibility at work, speaking out at staff meetings, asking more directly for what you want, and taking more risks in your personal and professional life – and experiencing bigger pay-offs. 

It’s pretty cool stuff!

How to Create a Vision Board that Depicts the Future You Wish to Create

Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want to attract into your life, and place them in your board. Have fun with the process! Use photographs, magazine cutouts, pictures from the Internet--whatever inspires you. Be creative. Include not only pictures, but anything that speaks to you.

Consider including a picture of yourself on your board. If you do, choose one that was taken in a happy moment. You will also want to post your affirmations, inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts here. Choose words and images that inspire you and make you feel good.

You can use your vision board to depict goals and dreams in all areas of your life, or in just one specific area that you are focusing on.  Keep it neat, and be selective about what you place in your vision board. It's a good idea to avoid creating a cluttered or chaotic board… you don't want to attract chaos into your life.

Use only the words and images that best represent your purpose, your ideal future, and words that inspire positive emotions in you. There is beauty in simplicity and clarity. Too many images and too much information will be distracting and harder to focus on.

If you are working on visualizing and creating changes in many areas of your life, then you may want to use more than one vision board. You might use one for your personal goals and another for career and financial goals. You might even want to keep your career vision board at the office or on your desk as a means of inspiration and affirmation. Whatever you decide to do, learning how to make a vision board - and using it regularly - is the best way to visualize your ideas and dreams to fruition.

Here’s My Simple 6-Step Process for Making Empowering Dream Boards:

1) Create a list of goals you’d like to achieve in the next year

In order to visualize your goals, first you need to know what they are. Spend some time getting clear on exactly what you want your ideal life to look like, and what you need to accomplish in the next 12 months to launch you closer to your goals.

Chapter 2: “Be Clear Why You’re Here,” and Chapter 3: “Decide What You Want,” in my best-selling book, The Success Principles, can help you with this process.

You can also use this simple 4-step meditation technique to meditate for clarity and intuition.

2) Collect a bundle of old magazines with beautiful pictures

If you’re not a magazine reader or currently don’t have any magazines at home, ask your friends to give you any they no longer want. You should also be able to pick some up for just a dollar or two per magazine at your local thrift store. Or you could check out your local recycling depot. Ours has a “free stuff” corner where you can pick up all the magazines you could ever want at zero cost. Maybe yours does, too?

3) Find pictures that represent your goals and inspire you

Schedule a couple hours one evening or weekend to go through the magazines and cut out pictures that represent your goals and speak to your heart in some meaningful way.  Fun tip: The last time my staff and I made vision boards at my office, we turned up the radio and had a little musical party going on as we cut out our images, which made it a very vibrant, fun setting to visualize our goals!

When looking for images in the magazines, look for those that immediately make you say, “Yes! That is what I want in my life!” They don’t have to be physical objects or literal interpretations of what you want in your life. Instead, focus on how the images make you FEEL.

For example, if you’d like to move to a home with waterfront property, don’t worry if you can’t find a picture of your perfect “dream home.” Perhaps a picture of an idyllic ocean sunset will be enough to inspire you. Or if you’d like to attract a new romantic partner into your life, instead of hunting for a picture of a man or woman who meets your physical ideal, find a picture that represents love to you – an image of two people holding hands, or even a picture of a heart, for example.

4) Make a collage out of your photos

Once you have collected enough photos, it’s time to make your vision board! Go to your local craft or dollar store and buy a large piece of construction or poster paper. A corkboard or large piece of paper would work as well. Then glue, tack, or tape your pictures to the paper or corkboard in an arrangement that is visually pleasing to you.

5) Add motivational “affirmation words” that represent how you want to FEEL

Your vision of your ideal life shouldn’t be focused on “stuff” so much as on how you want to FEEL. For this reason, I like to add words to my vision board that describe how I want to feel on a daily basis – such as: “joyful,” “abundant,” “powerful,” “fearless,” “loved,” “strong,” “healthy,” “loving,” and “financially free.”

Take some time to create a list of words that describe how YOU want to feel. You can either search for these words in your magazines or write them yourself. Then add them to your vision board in a visually attractive way.

6) Take a few moments to contemplate your vision board every day

To get the full benefit from your vision board, it’s important for you to place it somewhere you can see it every day. I recommend you take a few minutes to look over your vision board at least once or twice a day. I like to review my vision board right before I do a guided visualization, so my goals are top of mind as I train my mind to attract what I truly want into my life. I also like to review it every night before I go to sleep, in order to prompt my sub-conscious mind to come up with new ideas while I’m sleeping on how to achieve my goals. That way, I wake up in the morning bursting with motivation to succeed – and am far more likely to notice and act on opportunities that will bring me closer to my goals.

How to Use Your Dream Board

Blog Sidebar CTA_ 250 x 300 pxTry keeping your vision board on the nightstand next to your bed. Leave it standing in an open position as often as you are comfortable with, and spend time each morning and evening visualizing, affirming, believing, and internalizing your goals.

The time you spend visualizing in the evening just before bed is especially powerful. The thoughts and images that are present in your mind during the last forty-five minutes before going to sleep are the ones that will replay themselves repeatedly in your subconscious mind through¬out the night, and the thoughts and images that you begin each day with will help you to create a vibrational match for the future you desire.

As some time goes by, and your dreams begin to manifest, look at those images that represent your achievements, and feel gratitude for how well the Law of Attraction is working in your life. Acknowledge that it is working. Don't remove the pictures or images that represent the goals you've already achieved.  Achievement of the goals in your vision board are powerful visual reminders of what you have already consciously and deliberately attracted into your life.

I recommend you write down the date you created your dream board. The universe loves speed, and you will be amazed at just how quickly the Law of Attraction responds to your energy, commitment, and desires. Much like a time capsule, this board will document your personal journey, your dreams, and your achievements for that particular year. It will become a record of your growth, awareness, and expansion that you will want to keep and reflect back upon in years to come.

It’s a good idea to create a new inspiration board each year.  As you continue to grow, evolve and expand, your dreams will too. Your vision board is meant to be kept and cherished. They chronicle not only your dreams, but your growth and achievements.

Completed Vision Board Example:

You can use this as a template to create your own inspiration board.

complete vision board example 

Final thoughts on using your completed vision board:

  • Look at your dream board often and feel the inspiration it provides.
  • Hold it in your hands and really internalize the future it represents.
  • Read your daily affirmations and inspirational words aloud.
  • See yourself living in that manner.
  • Feel yourself in the future you have designed.
  • Believe it is already yours.
  • Be grateful for the good that is already present in your life.
  • Acknowledge any goals you have already achieved.
  • Acknowledge the changes you have seen and felt.
  • Acknowledge the presence of God in your life.
  • Acknowledge the Law of Attraction at work in your life.
  • Look at it just before going to bed and first thing upon rising.

I hope I've inspired you to create your own vision board. Your ability to visualize your dreams will serve as a catalyst in their creation.

Where Can I Buy a Vision Board Online?

If you would like to use a high-quality vision board that can be folded, I have a really nice one available in my shop. It's part of my Law of Attraction System, which includes audio and video programs along with 2 of my favorite books to help you harness the power of visualization and stay focused on achieving your vision board goals.

We also have a great vision board for kids so your whole family can set goals together. You can check it out here.

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I've also created a FREE checklist to make your vision board more powerful. It contains a 21 point list of tips to create an actionable vision board that will help activate the Law of Attraction and multiply its empowering efforts. Remember, the best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind, so you’re always looking for ways to move yourself closer to them – and a vision board is the perfect tool to help you do that.

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  • Borgert Kimalee

    Thank you. In the summer of 2012, I received some cruel verbal abuse about "being a fat old hag," from my son (he has now apologized in many ways), but it harbored in me. I knew I did not want to think of myself as old when I am only 56. So, besides setting up affirmations for the life I desire as Jack has outlined in "The Success Principles," I printed out as many health and fitness and beauty at an older age pictures as possible to put on my walls. I did not realize in part I was making my walls a vision board. This simple act has many times over kept my mind and beliefs focused on my outer and inner beauty. Thanks again.

    • Michael Wawuyo

      Thank you Borgert. I am 56 too and I tend to to think I am too old have a better life. I can do with tips from you and how you managed your Vision board
      Be blessed

  • prem

    Hello,

    I would like to share that by using law of attraction, I have attracted a BIG lottery win and house and car.

    • d

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  • Lisa

    Because Jack he is so real and cares so deeply abouyt my success,I love hearing what he has to say.Thinking about the visions I made come to pass,and excited to do it again.Thanks for all you do Jack!

  • Edz

    Thanks sir jack! It's time for me to make a new vision board.. Last saturday I've attended Sir John Calub's Money Magnet event.. And all your teachings were their... Thanks for sharing your techniques and wisdom.. More power and may God bless you more! Edz of Philippines...

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  • Summer Germann

    My vision will board consist of helping teach children to be true to themselves at a young age. My mission in life is to help myself through helping others. I hope that my Trust Journals make a difference one girl at a time. I believe in miracles and am pushing for mine.

  • Hi Jack
    Visualization is a powerful tool to use. Having a vision book sounds like a great idea. I also like that you have suggested having your book on your bedstand, that way you can look at it when you wake in the morning and before you go to sleep and night. As you say looking at your vision book before going to sleep is especially powerful, what happens is when you sleep the information you have in your medium term memory transfers to your long term memory therefore your brain will focus on your goals.
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  • Angie

    Pinterest now has up to 3 private boards you can use that only you can see, and only you see the pictures on them. I have been using one as my vision board. I am excited to see when all my things come to reality!

  • Lule Godfrey Ssemwanga

    thanks for the inspiration in all ways....................

  • Ena Pol

    To my favorite author,
    Thank you so much for inspiring me a lot during my hardest time.I always dream of running a company before.So i applied LAW OF ATTRACTION in my Life.I made the Vision Board last year April 11, 2012.What's in my vision book is what i am in right now.My vision book has a vessel with flexi tank in it and the image of the vessel is in the GLOBE.I am now managing a company and dealing into International Oil Brokering around the World.
    May God Bless You More Sir Jack.

  • Umashankar

    This is an incredible idea, which I have heard about it but was not clear, if this has so much power in it why not me starting from today start taking my life towards success creating a vision board. Thanks Jack for inspiring and giving us lots of ideas.

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  • Ketki

    Dear Jack....... I am visiting your website almost daily...... Sometimes more than once a day....... I am determined to get what I want....... And I am sure that it is already happening....... Optimism is contagious...... Thank You Very Much for being such an inspiring person!

    • Abdul Khader

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  • Hey there! I've been following your website for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great job!

  • Thank you for the inspiration. Will definitely work on my vision book

    Warm Regards
    Ayaz Lakhani

  • Nathalie R. Gascon

    Pinterest can be pretty useful too

  • Great article thanks for sharing.

  • Lilet Tarun

    I will try this.Its a good motivation.

  • Great idea to use Pinterest for a private storyboard. Never thought about it. Still preferred my hand written manual.

  • PRINCE HENRY A.KISEMBO ATEENYI

    one of the best Jack's writing. thanks "acknowledge God's presence is most important in the final thought of using your complete vision board"

  • I've been using goals and affirmation statements for roughly four years now and I must tell you with goals I have accomplished more in four years than I have in my lifetime. I listened to a gentleman the other day talking about vision boards and how he used them. Today I found this article and after reading it I am sold on using a vision board. I will definitely be making mine up this week. This will be a great addition to help me reach where I want and need to be. Thanks for the info Jack.

    • Rochelle Jones

      I'm interested since you wrote this a year ago, what changes have occurred that the vision board has helped you achieve?

      • Rochelle, glad you asked. Well we paid off my wife's student loans early, were taking our family on a disney vacation a few years earlier than planned, our home is getting paid down faster, we're building our net worth, we have cash flowed school and now we're considering our rental property plan. I do need to update my vision board to reflect our new future. A vision board can be about anything you want it to be. Its about your desires and wants. Give it a shot!

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    What is the best guideline in terms of sharing my "vision book" with others?

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  • Inspiring and practical article! I've been meaning to make a vision board for a long time and suddenly woke up in the middle of the night because I couldn't stop thinking about my vision and needed somewhere to put it down. Thanks for reaffirming my decision!

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    The law of attraction is basically saying that if you think something and start to believe it, you will take small actions to make it happen. not that things "magically happen". Its actually a sound idea. But a lot of people put fluff around it. its like saying "i want to get a bachelors degree" and then after you say it you begin to take steps towards going to college. but if you never say it and never imagine yourself doing it, then it is very unlikely that you will actually go to college.

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  • Erik Davignon

    Thanks for all the useful info about creating and using vision boards! The checklist made me realize there were important elements missing from my visualization practice. I especially like #18 - I acknowledge and celebrate any goals I have achieved

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  • Unlike Pinterest, there's an app called My Goals, which is offline and private. Good for vision boards, with goal date, categories etc.

    • Thank you for sharing, Raghava! I will be checking it out.

    • Samson

      hey Raghava, hv also downloaded it let me use it, thx man

  • Nicolas Rodriguez

    Excellent article! Thank you very much

  • Allissyn Kiriwai

    Great article and the use of different types. I'm a huge believer in vision boards and what you can achieve when one is focused. A simple tool and an easy reminder, to stay focused on your dreams and goals! :) Keep writing more cheers!

    • Thank you, Allissyn! I agree. Vision boards are an amazing way to stay motivated and focused on walking towards our goals.

  • Jack thanks for the tips! I created my first vision board last week. It was super exciting to pull together a bunch of magazines and create it! I did this with my husband, it just creates so much excitement in our lives to see visually what we are striving for everyday.

    • Hi, Emily! That's good to hear you are having fun and being creative with your vision board. It truly is a great way to stay inspired!

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