Life By Design: How To Create A Vision Board

Know what you want in 3 months… this year… 5 years… 10 years????  Is there a focused sense of purpose in your life?  If you’re not sure how to answer this question, this is the project for you!  This month on Add More Zing, we’re gaining clarity by creating vision boards. Vision Boards are ideal for people who are seeking:

  • Renewed purpose, vision and commitment
  • A deeper connection with themselves
  • To align their goals with their values and actions
  • To be proactive and take charge of their life

To learn more about how vision boards work click here, here, here, or here.



  • Posterboard or Corkboard
  • Big Stack Of Magazines (use different types so that you have lots of options)
  • Adhesive like tape runner, photo tape or glue ( I prefer tape runner, the glue causes ripples)
  • A pair of scissors
  • Patterned paper and colored cardstock  (strictly optional; embellishments will add a little flair to your board if you’re planning to hang it up)

Before you get started:

Before you begin working on your board, make sure you’ve carved out enough time. This should not be a rushed process.  Put on your favorite music and relax.  Make sure you have a clear head. Sit with the idea of living with intent versus living according to your circumstances. This will give you a chance to get centered and focus before you begin your project.

Think in the affirmative. Your subconscious mind doesn’t process “no” or “not” or “don’t”, so send it images of what you want in your life rather than what you are trying to get rid of. For instance, if you’re trying to stop smoking, it wouldn’t be a good idea to look for pictures with cigarettes with an X through them.  The idea is to send your mind a clear picture of what you’d like to accomplish. Look instead for a picture of a person who looks healthy, vibrant, and full of energy to represent you being smoke-free.

Don’t forget conviction. You need to believe that what you want is what you can get. If you don’t, there’s no point in creating a board. You need to be sure. You need to be confident.  Without believing that you have the power to manifest your dreams, your visions won’t be more than just pictures on paper.

The Basics:

1.  Surf the net and flip through your favorite magazines for pictures, phrases or words that resonate with you.  Make intentional and conscious decisions about what goes on your board… no holding back.

Don’t just look for mansions and trends. Pay attention to the images you feel drawn to. Don’t worry about how your dreams will manifest, just choose the images that reflect your priorities. The things you cut out may not make sense to you but cut them out anyway. Which images make you gasp? What makes your mouth water?  See anything that energizes you?  Notice any moans or groans? Those are the type of pictures you should add to your board.

2.  Organize your pictures into the following categories:

  • Your physical environment (what do your living and work spaces look and feel like?)
  • Careeer
  • Family/ Friends/ Community
  • Finances
  • Romance / Intimacy
  • Health / Self Care
  • Social / Fun/ Leisure
  • Personal / Spiritual Development

This is a good way to gain clarity on what’s happening in your life.  Is your life balanced?

3.  Glue your pictures. Get loose! Be Creative! Enjoy the process of designing your life. Pay attention to what excites you. Notice the shift in your energy that’s already happening. Embrace the vibe your pictures give you. Your vision board doesn’t have to be a work of when you feel like quitting, remember why you startedart, but it does need to come from a space of honesty and conviction. Your visual should sum up your dreams. What would I learn about you by looking at your board?

4. Display your finished board somewhere you’ll see it and feel inspired. If you like, you can also frame your vision board and hang it on your wall.  I’ll be sharing my progress soon. Care to join me?

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  1. Shellie Braggs says:

    Thanks! This is great project, I plan to share it with my daughter and a few clients.

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