How to Make and Use a Physical Vision Board to Accomplish Your Goals

How to Make and Use a Physical Vision Board to Accomplish Your Goals

You’ve made your goals for the year and set up your planner to help you achieve them. But you’re still lacking the motivation to work on them. Why not try a vision board to help inspire you?

A vision board is one of the best tools for achieving your goals. It uses visualization to help you picture yourself accomplishing your desires, which in turn helps you do that.

But what is a vision board, and how do you make one? What do you need to get started?

We’ll answer all those questions today and help you set up your physical vision board. Let’s get started by discussing what a vision board is.

Woman making a vision board
Vision boards help your goals become visual

What is a vision board?

A vision board is a collection of images, quotes, and words curated to inspire you to achieve your goals. It can be anything from a physical collage to a computer wallpaper.

Physical or digital?

You can make a vision board using anything from a bulletin board to a Pinterest board. Both physical and digital boards have their merits, but we recommend making a physical board first. It’ll help you form a more personal connection to your ideas, and you can place it somewhere you can see it daily.

What should I include on my vision board?

Now you know what a vision board is. But what do you put on it? Ultimately, it’s up to you, but here are a few common categories.

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Pictures are an integral part of any vision board


Pictures are among the first things that come to mind with a vision board. They’ll make up most of your board and help you picture the life you want this year.

You’re looking for images that embody your goals. Images that speak to you and make you excited to accomplish your goals. You can find ideas in magazines, Pinterest, or free stock photo websites like Pexels or Unsplash.

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Quotes help give you motivation


Another big part of any vision board is quotes to inspire you. They don’t have to be deep, either. A line from your favorite book or show can be just as effective as a philosophical one.

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A word helps sum up your goals


Besides quotes, you can also add simple words to your vision board. Ones that sum up what you want from this year, whatever that looks like to you. If you do a word of the year, this can be a great place to include it.

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A bit of ephemera gives your board dimension


To take your vision board to the next level, try adding some objects to your vision board. Tickets, a letter to your future self, or other bits of ephemera are great options. These add dimension to your board and help take your visualization to the next level.


You have some ideas of what to put on your board. So let’s move on to what supplies you need to create your vision board, most of which you can find at craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

A Board

The first thing you need to get is the board. Corkboards, whiteboards, poster boards, and even journals can work as long as you like them.


You’ll need a way to cut out your pictures to put on the board. Be creative when cutting them too. Trimming images into hearts, circles, or ovals adds more interest.


You’ll need glue to make your vision board on a poster board or a journal. Any kind will work, but a glue tape roller reduces mess.

Bonus #1: Pen or Marker

Adding handwritten words, doodles, or accents to your vision board gives it a personal touch. Anything from a black Sharpie to a glitter gel pen can work.

Bonus #2: A Way to Print Photos

If you get photos from the internet, you’ll need a way to print them. But, before you print them, place all your images in a Google Doc and resize them to make things easier.

Making Your Vision Board

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Everyone’s vision board looks unique to them

Step 1: Assess Your Goals

What do you want to achieve this year? What categories do your goals fall under? What is those big, insane thing you want to do this year, even if it seems impossible now?

You must be clear on what you want from the year before starting your vision board. Otherwise, you won’t be able to create one that effectively reflects what you want to achieve.

Step 2: Gather Your Items

It’s time to find all the images, quotes, and other items you want to include on your vision board. Take your time with your search. If something doesn’t feel 100% right, keep looking. Everything you put on your vision board should align with your yearly vision.

Step 3: Assemble the Board

The fun part has finally arrived- putting it all together. Play around with the layout and placement of each piece. Try making sections for different goals or putting similar images together.

Only you know what the right placement is for your board. If an image or quote doesn’t work how you thought it would, eliminate it. Once you’re happy, it’s time to break out the glue. Then add any accents or extras you feel it needs.

Step 4: Find a Place for Your Board

Finally, you want to find a good place to put your vision board, preferably somewhere you see daily. You’ll forget to look at it if it’s out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind.

Good locations include next to your mirror, on the back of your bedroom door, or your refrigerator. Take a moment to look at it every day and ask yourself what you can do today to take a step closer to your goals.

A vision board is a powerful tool to pair with your yearly goals. Experiment and find what works best for you. Try creating your vision board and see how it transforms the pursuit of your goals this year.

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