How To Create A Vision Board In 2022 (Three Ways!)

Vision boards are one of the biggest and most common manifesting tools out there. They’ve become so popular that even people like Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé and Ellen DeGeneres use them. Having a vision board is for sure a huge source of motivation and a reminder to stay focused on your dream life. However, if you want to learn how to create a vision board that is effective, you have to put in the work. Creating a vision board doesn’t mean your dreams just manifest on their own once you’ve glued a few pictures together on some cardboard. If that were the case, everyone who created one would be able to magically achieve their goals in an instant. Unfortunately though, your vision board like anything worth it in life, takes time, energy and effort to get the most out of it.

What Is A Vision Board?

A vision board is a visual reminder and representation of all the goals you want to accomplish in your life. It is used as a source of motivation and inspiration to remind you of the future you want to create for yourself.

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How To Create A Vision Board In 2022

What Should A Vision Board Include?

A vision board should include visual images as well as quotes, reminders, affirmation or words that inspire you to take action on your goals. The point of having a vision board is to have a daily reminder and source of inspiration to help you visualize what it could feel like once you achieve your goals one day.

What Are You Trying To Achieve?

When creating your vision board its important to ask yourself what is my ‘WHY.’ Ask yourself why you want to create a vision board? What goals would you like to achieve? Are they career related? Fitness and health related? Spiritual goals? Friendship goals? Whatever your goals are, get clear on them and know why you want these things so that you have a reason to go after them. Your vision board can include anything and everything, your ‘WHY’ doesn’t have to be just one thing. The more, the merrier!

Business Goals?

Perhaps you have a work deadline you’re trying to achieve before the end of the year and you want to create a vision board to help inspire you and keep you focused on your vision. Maybe have your own business and want to make it more successful this year and creating a vision board for you business can help remind you of your month to month goals and everyday things you have to do in order to achieve your bigger goal.

Weight Loss?

Weight loss is usually a common goal most people have or just health and fitness related goals in general. Creating a vision board for weight loss or any other fitness goals you may have can be a great source of inspiration. Perhaps the reason you want to lose weight is so that you can fit better into your clothes or get a beach body for the summer. Maybe you WHY may be that you just want to get at a healthier weight and that’s a great reason too. If you’re just trying to become more fit in general this is also a great reason to set getting in shape as your goal.

Relationship Goals?

Perhaps you’re in a relationship and both you and your partner want to create a vision board to remind you of how you both want to grow together in the future. Maybe the two of you want to start a business together or have a family one day, get married or move abroad. Whatever it is, creating a vision board can be a great visual representation of where you want your relationship to go and remind you your goals as a couple. If you’re single and want to attract a good, healthy and stable relationship into your life, or find love then this could also be a great reason to create a vision board for your future relationship.

On the other hand perhaps you’re relationship isn’t going so great and you want to improve on it, having a vision board can also help you manifest good qualities back into your relationship. Personally, I don’t want to give anyone false hope on this one, so be careful of wasting your time doing these things for the wrong person. You can’t magically make things change. It takes two to make a relationship work at the end of the day, however if your partner is on board with you then go for it.

Friendship Goals?

Maybe you want to make more friends this year or attract better ones that add value into your life. Creating a vision board for this reason can also be a great way to manifest new friends and experiences. Maybe there may even be new things you want to go out and try doing with your friends this year, like travelling, going on a road trip, bungy jumping or going to a new country. These friendship goals are all great reasons to create a vision board!

The Three Types of Vision Boards

Being someone who is all for vision boards, visualization and manifesting your goals into fruition, I can confidently say I’ve created my fare share of vision boards over the years. I’ve also come to learn that there is more than one way of creating a vision board, in fact there are three different ways you can create a vision board. Yup, I’ve tried them all and they all work great!

Each of these vision boards can suit different types of people and different types of needs. I also just want to make it clear that you are not restricted to creating just one of these. If you want, you’re more than welcome to do all three or two or one. It doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that it suits you and benefits you!

Type 1: The Traditional Vision Board

First things first, there’s the traditional vision board. This one is your classic big collage of images, affirmations, quotes, words and anything that inspires you to go for your goals. This is usually stuck onto a large piece of cardboard or canvas and is super fun to do! A traditional vision board is usually stuck up on a wall and is made very visible for you to see each day. This vision board is perfect for someone who wants something tangible that they can see everyday and isn’t shy to have someone walk in on their goals.

If you do want this and don’t want anyone else looking at it, I recommend placing it in your cupboard or behind you bedroom door. You could even put it away each day and take it out every morning and evening to revise over your goals, just make sure you’re strong willed enough to do so. It is best to keep it permanently stuck up somewhere you can see it everyday though.

Type 2: Digital Vision Board

A digital vision board is exactly like a traditional vision board except it is created for your phone or computer in a digital format. You can easily create a digital vision board on PinTerest by ‘pinning’ images that resonate with you to a ‘board’ for you goals. You can also create a digital vision board on in the form of a collage on Canva, then download the image and save it as your wallpaper or desktop image on your laptop or computer. Here’s a great example of how you can create a digital vision board by Olivia Osborne.

Type 3: Index Card Vision Board

This is a new one I recently tried. I was inspired by YouTuber, Lefie to create my own index card vision board and I highly recommend you check out her YouTube video because she details everything you need to know about it! An index card vision board is perfect for someone who wants to know how to create a small vision board that is compact, private and easy to carry around. It is essentially a traditional vision board on index cards, and it perfect if you want to remove a new goal or add on one at anytime.

If you’re indecisive from time to time like me or simply like to touch things up every once in a while then this type of vision board would be perfect for you. In the video, she only has words on her index cards, but I highly recommend throwing in pictures on your cards too if you’d like. Here’s another great example of how to create a small vision board using index cards and pictures by Studying Angel on YouTube.

Steps On How To Create A Vision Board

Step 1: Get Clear On What You Want

The first step on how to create a vision board is to get clear on what it is you want. You cannot just blindly pick fancy images and stick it onto a board, that’s not how it works. You have to be intentional about the images you select and the only way to do that is to get detailed about what you want in life.

With that being said, make some time to sit down down, get out a piece of paper and a pen, and write down your goals. Focus on what it is you really want to achieve in your life. This can be anything and everything from making more money, to making new friends or finding love. If you need a step by step guide on how to achieve your goals and get clear on them, I highly recommend giving my recent blog post a read before creating your vision board. It will help you to get super clear and detail on your goals.

Step 2: Get Your Images Together

Okay, let’s get into the fun part! Step two is to gather all of your favorite images. You can find images that inspire you in magazines or even on social media like PinTerest or WeHeartIt. Once you’ve gathered all your images, get them printed (if need be) and cut them all out individually. When looking for images, find pictures that resonate with the goals you’ve set for yourself and that remind you of WHY you want to achieve your goals.

If your goal is to live a healthy lifestyle, find images that remind you of WHY you want to live that healthy lifestyle. For example, your reason WHY, maybe to lose weight and become more toned. Therefore, you can look for an image of someone who has the dream body you want to achieve or does an exercise you want to be able to do. This will inspire you each time you look at your vision board and remind you of what you want and most importantly WHY.

Step 3: Start Placing These Images Onto Your Vision Board

Once you’ve gathered all the images you need, start forming them into a collage. Don’t glue them down onto your board just yet, wait until you’ve tried and tested how you like the images set the most. Another tip, is to take all the images before you print them out and set them out into a collage on Canva or PinTerest to give an idea of how it could look on paper. This way you can chop, change and move things around until you feel like its come together and then replicate it on paper.

When placing your images onto your vision board, I recommend using a strong and sturdy material. Cardboard or canvas would be perfect for this. Once you’ve decided how you want to layout your pretty pictures, you can go ahead and glue them on! Here’s an example of how a vision board could look.

Example of how to create a vision board
Example of a Vision Board

Step 4: Put It Somewhere Where You Can Always See It

Your done! Now all you have to do is find a place to keep your vision board. Ideally, you want to place your beautiful vision board somewhere you can always see it. Preferably in your bedroom, near your mirror or if you want a more private space, behind your bedroom door or in your wardrobe would be a great option too. Make sure you place your vision board in a space where you can see it every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed.

The Neuroscience Of Visualization

The point of creating vision boards is that we master the art of visualization. Visualization is a manifestation technique that allows us to imagine the things we want to attract into our lives so that we can attract them. When we visualize, we are creating images in our minds and these images make us connect with the the things we think about on an emotional level.

The reason why visualization is so effective is because the brain cannot really distinguish between what is real and what is imaginary. Therefore, visualization almost tricks your brain into believing those and experiences you imagine and feel are real. For example, there are many athletes who will experience an injury and then imagine themselves recovering from it or being able to move that body part they’ve injured, and they’re able to eventually accomplish it! How amazing is that? Many entrepreneurs and business owners talk about how they visualized their businesses and where they are now and it all came to pass. This is the power of visualization.

One of my favorite yet, highly effective visualization exercises is one that Tony Robbins performed on The Dr. Oz Show a few years ago. In this exercise he asked the crowd to stand up and in the same spot pick up their right hand and point ahead, whilst turning around once clockwise and notice how far they reach behind them. Thereafter, he asked them to close their eyes and visualize (imagine) themselves going all the way round again, and they did. After they visualized themselves doing this, they physically tried the exercise again and exactly what you expect happened. They were able to turn even further to their surprise. Skip to the end of this video (3:40) to see for yourself.

How Vision Boards Help You Visualize

There is a part of your brain called the R.A.S (Reticular Activating System) which helps filter irrelevant information out of your brain, to help you focus on what matters most. The most impressionable hours for your brain to do this is just before you wake up and right before you go to bed. The reason being is because at these times, your brain is in something called the Hypnagogic state. The sounds you hear around this time, the things you watch and the stuff you do, causes you to focus on these little fragments throughout the rest of your day or within your dream state through your thought patterns at night.

This is why you’ll hear people say you should do a gratitude list in the mornings, listen to happy music or go over your vision board. Its because doing these things cause your R.A.S to create hyper-focus on the good, positive and uplifting things in your day just like what you’ve consumed the first time you woke up. Its the same for going to bed. Notice how if you watch a horror movie before bed, you’ll have bad dreams compared to if you were to watch a comedy. The things you consume effect your thought patterns.

If you want to achieve your goals, start creating hyper-focus on them. You are in control of programming your mind to filter out the irrelevant things, whilst giving significance to what is important to you. You can do this by looking at your vision board each morning when you wake up and before you go to bed at night. Pair this with really visualizing yourself in each goal you want to achieve on your vision board and you’re on your way to success.

Benefits Of Having A Vision Board

1. You Are More Likely To Achieve Your Goals

In one of my recent blog posts, I spoke about how writing down your goals can make you 42% more likely to achieve them. Could you imagine what having a visual representation of your goals in front of you each day could do for you as well? This is why you are more likely to achieve your goals by having a vision board up in you room. If writing down your goals can do this much for you, think of how much you increase your chances of achieving them with a vision board! Especially considering the neuroscience behind it.

2. Vision Boards Help You Stay Focused On Your Goals

Having a visual representation of your goals in front of you can help keep you focused on the things you want. This is important considering all the day to day things that happen in our lives. Our lives are filled with so many distraction that can take us astray from our focus. This can easily go on for days, which turn into months and years, until one day we’re left feeling like we’ve lost track of what we always wanted for good. This is why creating a vision board is a huge benefit in keeping you focused on your goals. It reminds you of your goals all the time.

3. They Emotionally Attach You To Go After What You Want

As you may have noticed by now, having a visual representation of your goals can emotionally attach you to your them. Being emotionally attached to something in a way makes you become obsessed with it. This is why its so important to be emotionally attached to your goals. When you look at the things you want to achieve on your vision board, they should stir up a feeling in you. These feelings that are stirred up inside of you, inspire you to take action on your goals more. Hence why visualization is also so important.

4. It Makes For Great Room Décor

Why not take advantage of the fact that your vision board could serve as a piece of décor? Having a vision board for sure lifts up the look of your room if you do it right! If you want, you can even use a filter on each image you stick onto your vision board, so that it fits into a theme. Perhaps using pastel colors, monotone pinks or maybe even going with a pretty little neutral theme could make your space look great. If this interests you, check out Muchelleb’s video below on how to do this. Another great idea, is to get a huge frame to put your vision board in and hang it up as a (really big) ‘picture!’

5. Creating A Vision Board Is Fun!

Creating a vision board can be super fun! There are tons of people who host vision board parties at the beginning of each year. If you can’t find people in your area who want to do this, you can find one online. In fact, you can even host your own vision board party with some of your closest friend. Get your friends to bring all the supplies and some snacks and have a fun night in!

Personally, I take creating my vision board very seriously and need to be really focused on to. I really like to feel connected to each image I’m placing on there so I’d rather be alone creating mine. You can make creating your vision board on your own fun too. Create a an inspiring playlist for while you’re creating your vision board, pour yourself a glass of wine if that’s your thing and just make it fun for yourself.

If you’re creating a relationship vision board, do it with your partner, if you’re creating a vision board for your friendship, do it with some friends. There’s so many cool ways to create!

6. It Increases Your Motivation

Having a vision board in front of you for sure motivates you. Its like hearing an inspirational quote or listening to some music that really pumps you up for a workout. Vision boards may motivate you silently, but they definitely motivate you visually! It doesn’t hurt to have a little kick of extra motivation!

FAQ’s About Vision Boards

1. What is the best time of day to look at your vision board?

The best time of day to look at your vision board would be just after you wake up and just before you go to bed. During this time when you wake up and just before you go to sleep, your brain gets into the Hypnagogic state. This is a state of mind that makes the things you view, hear or see at these times, your dominant thoughts or thought patterns. It acts as a filter that filters out everything else, and creates hyper-focus on the elements you expose yourself to just before and after sleep. Considering this bit of information, along with what you now know about visualization. You can now see why before and after bed are the best times to look at your vision board for the best outcome possible.

These times serve as a window of opportunity to make your goals the center of your focus and evoke feelings, that inevitably lead to action. If this interests you, check out my Master Your Mindset Course and learn more about how to leverage your mind in order to achieve your dream life.

2. Do I have to change my vision board if my goals change?

If you don’t want to, you do not have to, but if you would like to change your vision board each time your goals change, go for it! I personally recommend making small tweaks and changes where you want to add on things or remove them. The idea is to create a vision board that is always energetically aligning to you and evoking the right emotions in you.

So do whatever you think is best for you. If you achieve a few big goals and feel like its time to recreate your vision board so you can focus on other things, do it! If you feel like you rather just stick new stuff over the old, go for it! Or if you feel like you don’t want to change anything at all, then the ball is in your court!

3. Is a vision board the same as a mood board?

A mood board and a vision board are two different types of things, used for two different purposes. A mood board is something a person in fashion design or architecture for example, will create. They use a mood board to bring together colors, patterns and textures in order to portray a ‘vibe’ they’re trying to achieve. The reason they would to do this is perhaps to design a home and get a feel for it or even a party or an outfit.

You can see now how these two terms could easily be confused. Mood boards and vision boards have similar intentions but are used for very different purposes. For instance, you could create a mood board for how you would like your vision board to look, but other than that, they have nothing to do with each other.

4. How To Use Your Vision Board To Manifest Your Goals?

You can start by standing in front of your vision board every morning when you wake up and every evening before you go to bed and just go over each detail. Really feel each goal as you look at them and imagine what it would be like once you reach them. Pairing these with the visualization tips above will help you manifest your dream life fast! If you’re interested in manifestation and would like to learn more, I highly recommend reading The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

5. Should I have multiple vision boards if I have multiple goals?

This is not necessary, you can place all your goals, no matter what category they may be in, all onto one vision board. Of course, if you would like to have multiple vision boards for your different goals, perhaps just break them up into sections on one board. Have your relationship goals in one corner of your vision board, friendship goals in another and business goals somewhere else. Whatever it is, you don’t have to have multiple boards for different types of goals. If you feel like your goals are very niched because you’re an athlete and your main focus has always been sports related then go ahead and create a separate vision board for that. Again, do what resonates and works best with you.

6. How often should I update my vision board?

I would say every new year or once you’ve obviously achieved all or most of your goals on your current vision board. I think updating a vision board, or better yet creating a new one at the beginning of each new year, brings a great new energy along with it. However, you can update your vision board at anytime you want, however you like but it isn’t necessary to go updating it every few days or weeks! That’s a pretty big job!

7. How do I create a vision board if I don’t know what I want?

Start by getting clear on what you want. If you’re serious about creating a vision board and making the most of it, then you have to know what you want. The way you can figure out what you want is by asking yourself what is missing in your life? Where do you feel lack or pain the most? Or anywhere in fact? Figure what it is that you need and want more of and then go from there with setting new goals. Perhaps you’ve been in a crappy job for too long and might realized you need to find a new one. Maybe you’re lonely and just crave human connection, or perhaps you’re just tired of living paycheck to paycheck.

These are things to start looking into and realize that in order for these situations to change, they first need to improve and by setting goals for yourself, you can begin the process.

8. Do Vision Boards Really Work?

Uh, duh! What have I been preaching all this time! Look at people like Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry and Lilly Singh. All these super successful people that we know believe in the power of vision boards and at some point seen their dreams come into fruition! I’m not saying you have to want their levels of success, all I’m saying is to look at the wild possibilities that are laying ahead if you just give it a shot and do it properly.

9. Why Should I Create A Vision Board?

Like I just mentioned, top performers like athletes, entrepreneurs and celebrities all do this. What’s stopping you? Vision boards clearly work, there’s a reason why so many people are hopping on the bandwagon. Its because they’re seeing results! If you want to see your goals become actual tangible results, then at the very least, try following these steps at least once. You’ve seen the actual, legitimate scientific evidence behind this, so what’s stopping you besides excuses?

My Vision Board Creation Process

I usually create a vision board around the new year or when I feel like its time for a change. My creation process usually isn’t all that exactly, but a part of it is getting very clear on my goals first. I also do a lot of journaling before this and really self-reflect and become self-aware of where I’m lacking. I also look at what I can control in my life and what I am actually able to change. As much as my goals are ambitious, I also make them realistic.

Once this is done, and I’m sure of what I want, its time to start the fun part! Looking for pictures! I usually find the pictures I want on PinTerest and will create a mock vision board on there to see if all the images fit well together and I feel good about them. Thereafter I’ll print out my images, and get them onto a piece of cardboard or canvas, and then I’m all set!

What’s On My Vision Board?

My vision board includes my goals for the year. My goals are mainly fitness and career related at the moment, so naturally you’ll see a lot of these types of images on my board. I also have some inspiring quotes here and there, and a few specific words. I am also a big fan of using ‘the secret’ check on my vision board! Its a great manifestation tool and I definitely recommend giving it a try.

My Experience With Vision Boards

My experience with vision boards when I first started out wasn’t the greatest. I had no idea how to really use one and thought that by just creating one and looking at it randomly every now and then would bring me the things I want. This didn’t work. In fact, I noticed that the things I put on my vision board, down to the color, would manifest for those around me! Weird, hey?

However, now that I understand how the brain works and exactly how to use visualization along with my vision board, I have had very positive experiences. This is why I say you have to put in the work if you want to manifest the things on your board. You cannot just create a vision board like I did before and forget about it. You have to really put in the energy you wish to reap from it.

Vision Board Ideas And Inspiration

1. ‘The Secret’ Paycheck

I love using the ‘The Secret’ paycheck on my vision board. If you have money goals you want to achieve or get out of debt or start earning a certain amount of money from your job. Write down the amount you desire on this check and fill out the rest and stick it onto your board. Its super inspiring and makes visualization fun!

2. Tickets, Certificates, Approval Letters

With that being said, if you want to travel somewhere, stick up a plane ticket to that destination. If your goal is to graduate or complete a course in something, add a certificate saying you’ve achieved this goal on your vision board. If you want an approval letter or anything else you want for that matter which comes in this sort of form, or even a letter saying you’re free of debt, then make your own and add it onto your board!

3.Tangible Items

You don’t just have to stick images onto your vision board, you can also clip on some tangible items. If there’s a dress you really want, stick a piece of fabric or something of that brand to remind you of it on your board. If you want to own a beach house, get some sand onto your board! Get creative and make it ‘feel’ real!

4. Make A TikTok Video

TikTok videos are also a great way to make vision boards in the form of a video reel. This goes one step above your average digital vision board because you can add sound it! The music you choose can really help uplift you and get you on the vibration of what it is you want.

5. Frame It Up

If you want to make your vision board a decorative piece in your home or give it a bit more edge and class, frame it up! Get a cute glass frame that fits your vision board and hang it up on your wall.

6. Fairy Lights

Fairy lights all day… There’s no way you can’t love this idea. Fairy lights, can easily make you want to admire your vision board all day! They can also help create emphasis around your board so that you remember to look at it from time to time.

7. Color Coordinated or Theme

Themes are a great way to create vision boards. You can create a vision board theme based on your favorite colours, shades or patterns. Hell, you could even create a Harry Potter or Game of Thrones themed vision board if you want! Why not? Monotone color schemed themes also look really gorgeous. Especially with pinks and beiges.

You can also set up your vision board images uses a filter on each one, or doing color coordinated sections based on your goals. For example, if some of your goals include money and career goals, make that section of your vision board green. Green is the color that is associated with money. On another section where you have happiness goals, make it pink. Pink is associated with happiness, and so on. This can help your brain really distinguish and ‘feel’ each goal better through color.

8. Categorize

If you want, you can simply just categorize your vision board into different sections depending on your goals. Get creative on how you choose to set it up. Use one section for relationship goals, another for business goals, another for fitness and one for friendship and so on. You can even set these categories out across your board in rows or columns or just give each one there own corner.

9. Get A Mix Of Inspiring Affirmations, Quotes and Words

This is your excuse to throw in your favorite PinTerest quotes! There are tons of affirmations you can Google too. You can even make use of quotes from inspiring books and authors. If you have words that inspire you, like add them on too!


Thank You!

I hope you enjoyed this post! What are some goals you’re adding onto your vision board for 2022? Share them with me down in the comments section below!

Love,

Alana – Mae

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2 Comments

  1. Vaso
    January 6, 2022 / 8:46 am

    Yay! I am so excited to create mine now, thanks for the inspiration. I am thinking of creating one as a wallpaper for my phone. 💖💕💞

    • alanamaem
      Author
      January 7, 2022 / 7:44 am

      I’m glad you love it! Can’t wait to see how yours turn out!!