Since I manifested so many wonderful things from my vision boards, this manifestation tool quickly became one of my favorites. And I can confidently say: vision boards work!
That’s why I’m excited to share with you my step-by-step guide on how to create a vision board that works. So if your big question is how you can make a vision board for manifestation that REALLY works, you’re in the right place.
A vision board is without question one of the most powerful law of attraction tools. As I said, I’m a big fan of vision boards or so-called dream boards.
It’s a great manifestation tool to visualize your dreams and reprogram your subconscious mind every time you walk by.
Maybe you already have one on your wall (or you even have a digital vision board), but you want to know how to make it better so that you can manifest your wishes faster and more efficiently?
Or this manifestation tool is entirely new to you, but you finally want to manifest bigger dreams, so you look into expanding your law of attraction routine?
In whatever situation you are I’d suggest you take the time to read this vision board guide to create your perfect vision board.
Over the last 10+ years, I’ve been wondering how to perfect my own and made some exciting discoveries.
My Dream Board helped me to:
- manifest my soul-mate and my dream wedding
- manifest better jobs, and triple my income along the way
- manifest my dream business (this manifestation blog here)
- manifest the house I always wanted
- manifest the car I always dreamt of
- manifest amazing travel opportunities
… and so much more…
Keep on reading, and I will show you how to make a vision board for manifestation that will help you to attract the life you love.
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What Are Vision Boards & How Do They Work
Before we actually start to create a vision board, let’s start with some of the most crucial parts of the process; you need to know what this visual representation of your goals really is and how it works.
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Wikipedia describes vision boards as “a board displaying images that represent one’s dreams and ambitions, used as a form of self-help.”
But I think this description can be a bit misleading.
Even if this personal growth tool is sometimes also called a manifestation board or a dream board, it has little to do with just wishing and dreaming. It’s not about putting some pretty things on a white canvas and then hoping that they will someday appear in your life.
No, it is not magic; it actually works on a much deeper level because you regularly see and visualize your “ideal future” in front of you. You program your subconscious mind in such a way that it sees this “desired future” as a “new reality.“
Understanding how the subconscious mind works is part of the basic knowledge of the law of attraction and is essential for the law of attraction to work for you.
Another great side effect of having a vision board is that it helps you in your goal-setting process.
As said, the law of attraction has nothing to do with sorcery. Just wishing and believing will never bring you to your goal. To act is one of the most important points in the process.
Seeing your goals in front of you every day helps you to set your focus on your goals on a daily basis and, of course, to live the other important part of the law of attraction, believing that you have already achieved that goal.
You see, a vision board for manifesting is much stronger than just a beautiful dream collage with the many things you would like to have in your life.
By looking at this daily reminder of your goals, you can trigger a process that will re-program your subconscious mind. It will change your current self and bring you to your new self.
To the person that actually achieved the desired goal, to the person that drives that new shiny car, to the person that is 20 pounds lighter and fits in this pretty new dress.
This process will attract opportunities into your life that will help you to achieve these goals.
Whatever this may be, meeting the right people, finding a book that talks about exactly your problem, or just getting the right idea you need to reach your goal.
This is exactly how the law of attraction works, and using vision boards for manifestation can strengthen and accelerate this process.
Step 1: Goal-setting (Ask Yourself What You Really Want!)
Before you can even begin the actual creation process, you need to ask yourself some critical questions. One of them should be what you really want.
It’s crucial that you get 100% clarity here. This is a really powerful visualization tool, and you don’t want to attract the wrong things into your life, right?
Of course, you can, or should, evaluate your board on a regular basis and adapt it to new circumstances.
Nevertheless, it’s important to visualize exactly the things that are important to you at this time.
But how do you find out what you really want? The question always seems to be so easy to answer at first glance but digging a little deeper; it may not be as clear as it seems at first.
When it comes to this question, I always have to think of Bob Proctor, “what do you really want” is a question he asks very often, and there is a good reason for this.
The law of attraction can’t work if you don’t know what you really want. That’s like clicking on a few products on Amazon, and they should decide what to send you.
Do you think you would get the product you want?
A good exercise to find out what you want is to take an empty sheet of paper and just write down everything that comes to mind when you think about your ideal life.
Here, it’s important you don’t restrict yourself; it doesn’t matter if what comes to your mind spontaneously might seem totally impossible. Just write it all down.
In this goal-setting exercise, you can also be a little bit selfish; it is your dream, and it should represent your ideal life. So it doesn’t matter if this big dream you have is not compatible with your family life or your job situation.
If this ONE big dream is exactly what you want, a solution will be found anyway.
If you can’t answer the question of “what do I want,” just ask yourself, “what do I need,” for many people, this question is more comfortable to answer because to need something sounds less selfish than to want something.
This is a collection of ideas; just follow every impulse you have and write it down.
You should then prioritize this list. It’s better to limit yourself to 5 or max. ten points on the Vision Board, depending on the size.
My dear mentor Jack Canfield once wrote the following about this powerful way to attract what you want:
“It’s a good idea to avoid creating a cluttered or chaotic board… you don’t want to attract chaos into your life.” and made a good point here.
A vision board should be very focused and not just a hodgepodge of things you’d like to attract into your life.
Of course, you can also create a board solely for one specific area in your life, but if you have more than one area on your board, it makes sense to group them first and then assign the individual topics.
This makes it much easier to prioritize the points on your list. For example, you can divide your goals into topics like career, family/relationship, health, your dream house, etc.
I have two vision boards. One represents my business goals and one the more personal lifestyle. This way, you can focus on one important part of your life after the other.
When you have the most important goals on your list, write to each one why you want to achieve this.
This not only strengthens the feeling towards the desired goal but also helps to filter out what you really want.
For example, you may have written at first: I want more money. When you ask yourself the question of “why,” however, you may notice that you want more money so that you can travel more often and see the world.
In this case, what do you think would have a stronger effect as a picture on your vision board? A bundle of hundred-dollar bills or something that symbolizes traveling?
Definitely the latter.
Step 2: Get Your Vision Board Supplies (Using This Vision Board Checklist!)
There are many different ways to create a vision board for your manifestation, but for the sake of simplicity, we are talking about a vision board in the conventional sense, where you present your goals and wishes in the form of pictures or written words, by sticking them to an empty canvas.
For this, you will need the following supplies:
- An empty canvas. (A corkboard or art canvas works great!)
- Glue, pins, or washy tape
- Markers, preferably in different colors
- Magazines with pictures or a printer
I created this vision board supply checklist for you to pin as a reminder on all the vision board supplies you need:
I strongly recommend investing in a simple color printer. I bought myself a Canon color printer, and I think I paid less than USD 100. I am totally happy with it, and the investment is very little if I think about what my Vision Board has already done for me.
For example, after I set up my first vision board, I tripled my salary in less than two years; that’s what I call a great return on investment, huh?
It almost feels like I can print money (but pssst, don’t tell the FBI! Hehe…)
No, seriously, when you cut out pictures from magazines, it’s always like the second choice.
Imagine you want a great sports car. Now, you might find a white BMW in a magazine, but in reality, what you actually want is a pink Mustang. A picture of exactly that pink Mustang you want is definitely more effective.
I, for example, manifested a mint green Nissan Figaro. It would be very hard to find that one in a magazine, don’t you think?
That’s why you should invest in a cheap photo printer.
Don’t want to create a physical vision board? Checkout out these seven ideas on how to make a vision board online for digital vision board ideas or to learn how to make a vision board on your phone. We even cover how to make a manifestation board on Pinterest.
Step 3: Choose the Right Pictures (They Need to Trigger the Right Emotions!
Find images that symbolically represent the desired goal you want to manifest. As I just mentioned, the more specific, the better.
On the other hand, you shouldn’t spend hours deciding on the right image. If you have a picture that triggers a strong emotion, it is a good sign. Sometimes it also helps if you use words in addition to the pictures.
In some cases, it’s also hard to find the right picture only because you don’t know exactly what something should look like.
I had this when I created my first vision board book (a vision board for manifestation in the form of a journal, to learn more about it, check out these alternatives to creating a vision board).
That’s when I used my vision board to manifest love, and I manifested my soul-mate and now husband, Tom.
I couldn’t define exactly what my dream man should look like, but I stuck a picture of Johny Cash and June Carter on my vision board.
I’m a big fan of their music, but for me, the relationship between the two has symbolized what I wanted from my relationship: a strong bond until the end of their long lives.
Of course, this “dream man in the making” was also allowed to be a tall, dark-haired, handsome guy. But the feeling and deep bond in a partnership were more important to me.
I have to laugh about the following story until today; when I met Tom for the first time, he had his first working day in a company where I managed the support team. He was introduced to my team and me, and when he left the room, one of my colleagues said: wow did you see this guy, just like a young Johnny Cash.
Sometimes I think the law of attraction took the mickey out of me…
Anyway, this example is meant to show you that you can’t be specific in every situation, and that’s just fine. Choose a symbolic image for your manifestations that will trigger the right emotions.
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Step 4: Create Your Board (but Think Out of the Box!
Once you’ve decided on your vision board template and the right pictures, it’s time to bring them together into a collage and stick them on your vision board.
Your canvas should offer enough space to show off the individual pictures, so the whole thing shouldn’t look overloaded. When you create your vision board, it’s important to keep that in mind.
You want to send your subconscious mind powerful signals and not look at a cluttered board full of images.
For more inspiration, you can check out my post on vision board design ideas.
Where it’s difficult to express your desired outcome in pictures, use words. Maybe you want to write a suitable quote or affirmations. You can do this either as a printout or write directly on the canvas with some markers.
Actually, you could even add some 3D stuff on it, something you can touch and that makes you feel great. Think of how great that would be.
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STEP 5: CHOOSE THE RIGHT VISION BOARD PLACEMENT
Now it’s time to find a place for your new dream board. I recommend you to choose a location where you walk by regularly or a location where you sit next to it often, but that is also somehow private.
Privacy is not a must, but I find a vision board something very personal, and although most people in my environment probably know my dreams and goals, the expression in pictures on a board is really a different story.
As good as my kitchen would fit the first two points, I wouldn’t like it much if my guests would stare at my personal goals all evening at the next dinner party.
However, the first two points are critical for a vision board to help you with your manifestations. You should see your goals often, and above all, you should be able to visualize them consciously (and subconsciously) on a regular basis.
At our home, the vision board hangs directly next to the ensuite bathroom in the bedroom. Here we walk by regularly, at least every morning and evening.
We can also see it from the bed, which means we can lie on the bed and visualize our goals. I love to do this just before I go to sleep and also in my morning routine.
How to Work With a Vision Board
One of the most important aspects of a vision board for manifestation, and therefore you will understand why the placement is such an important point, is the effect it has on the subconscious mind.
Every time you walk past your new board, your dreams and goals will be memorized, and the great thing about it is that it works subconsciously.
However, your vision board is a very powerful manifestation tool, and you can (and should) also consciously use it for visualization exercises as often as possible.
One possibility would be to look at your vision board whenever you have a bad day. We all know these days when we get up on the wrong side of the bed…
Even if you are like me, and you work with the law of attraction every day, you are never 100% protected from such days. No problem, your vision board will immediately remind you of why it’s worth being more positive and taking action.
Your vision board will help you to re-focus on your goals and, of course, be grateful for the things you have already achieved.
My special tip: photograph your vision board, and you always have it with you on your mobile phone. That’s a very inexpensive way how to make a vision board on your phone.
Another way to actively integrate your vision board into the visualization process is a regular “vision-board-session.” Schedule this session daily, for example, as an integral part of your morning routine.
It’s best to sit directly in front of the board or use the trick with the photo. Look at your board, part by part, and close your eyes for about a minute.
After each picture or group of images, imagine this goal. Watch it like a movie, as if you were sitting in the cinema and your ideal life is shown on the screen.
Then try to go into that movie, into yourself in the situation where you live your ideal life.
How do you feel? What do you see and hear? What do you smell? What can you taste? Be happy about the situation, and live it as if it were (already) real.
When you do this process on a regular basis, you will soon realize that you are getting closer to your goal, and you will get exactly the input you need to achieve it.
If you like, just get creative with your vision board; the more fun you have, the better it is.
Rinse and Repeat
A vision board for manifestation should never be something you do once and forget. This is a process that you will need to evaluate regularly and adapt accordingly.
Goals and wishes can change, or the priorities may change. Or have you simply achieved everything you have stuck on the board?
Great, in this case, I recommend you to set bigger goals.
If you like to stay flexible, you can make a vision board where the pictures are just pinned on it. Personally, I prefer to work with a board for a few months at a time. When I feel like it’s time for a new board, the old one comes into my archive.
And yes, I mean it, I have a vision board archive. It’s so much fun to go through the old vision boards from time to time and see what I have achieved and how much my life has changed. And sometimes I have to smile because I realize what “small” goals I set myself back then…
You should design, redesign, and work with your vision board to make it an integral part of your life. I mean, how much will you enjoy being able to design your life exactly the way you want?
I guess the answer will be: a lot.
So have fun and dream big now that you know how to create a vision board that really works.
Is a Vision Board the Secret to the Law of Attraction?
My answer is clearly a no!
Vision boards, dream boards, manifesting boards, or whatever we want to call them are great tools to help you manifest your dreams. No doubt.
By visualizing your goals, you will send powerful messages to your subconscious mind, and this is what the Law of Attraction is based on. You get vibrational aligned with your dreams by reprograming your subconscious.
But in the end, your vision board is just a tool that supports the manifesting process. It’s not the manifestation itself.
So it takes more than a single law of attraction tool to achieve your dreams and goals. And it takes more than just using these manifestation tools. You need to transform on a subconscious level.
And if you would like more support with manifesting all your dreams from your vision board, then I recommend you to check out my bestselling manifesting book, “Become the CEO of Your Dream Life.”
In this book, I not only tell you how I have manifested everything from my vision board into my life, but I also reveal my signature advanced manifesting method. An action-based manifestation process helps you to transform your entire life.
But that’s not it!
A whole chapter is only about the different Law of Attraction tools, and vision boards are, of course, an important part of it.
Start to Create Your Perfect Vision Board for Manifestation Now
Now that you learned my 5 step process on how to create a vision board that works, you are ready to get started with your own vision board.
Taking action is the MOST important step in the manifestation process, so don’t procrastinate. You most likely already decided that a vision board is a great manifestation tool; that’s why you are here, right?
Get started by asking what you truly want, and then map out your vision board for manifestation.
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