How to make a vision board and chase your dreams ( step-by-step guide)

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A vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and texts of your dreams, goals, and things that make you happy. The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to travel, it serves as a source of motivation as you work towards achieving your dreams. Here are some tips on how to make a vision board:

how to make a vision board

How to make a vision board


What are your goals?
Where do you want to be in ten years time? Most of us have some vague idea about what we want out of life,  and what makes us happy. Where do you want to focus on and how you want to feel.What is a good life? What makes a life valuable or worth living? What will you have hoped to have accomplished when you are 40?

Break down the big questions. To help you answer these big questions (which can be overwhelming!), break them down into smaller questions: What activities do you want to learn how to do? What hobbies and activities do you already do, but want to continue doing or get better at? What are your career goals? What steps will you have to accomplish along the way to be able to eventually land your dream job?


Collect inspirational images for your vision board.
Go through your magazines and tear the images from them. Make a big pile of images and phrases and words. You want your vision board to be very visual, and to contain plenty of images which appeal to you and which demand your focus. Don’t forget, though, to use a lot of inspiring sayings and quotes.When choosing your images, select them with a careful eye, making sure to closely examine the entire image.

For example, if your goal is to get into your dream college, be sure to include an image of the campus, but select shots that are taken during your favourite season, or which show students engaged in activities you hope to enjoy while enrolled as a student.

Put your vision board together.
Once you’ve selected your images and inspiring phrases, it’s time to get creative with your arrangement. Experiment with different designs—you can find fun examples through online searches, but don’t feel as though you have to match anyone else’s style.Go through the images and begin to lay your favourites on the board.

Consider choosing a coloured background for your vision-board. Select this color carefully depending upon the nature and content of your theme. For example, if you want to stay pumped-up about being able to accomplish a difficult physical goal, choose a strong color, like red. Finally glue everything together.


Place your vision board where you will see it every day. Your goal in creating this vision board is to create a visual reminder of what you are hoping to accomplish and to be able to view it regularly in order to maintain your focus and motivation. Don’t hide your vision board in a back closet! The point is that your vision board should be accessible to you, and shouldn’t be placed where you’ll fall out of the habit of looking at it.

Are you using a Vision Board already? Let us know!


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  • Stefanie

    This is such a great idea! I never did a vision board before, but I can imagine it motivates and inspires you deeply, when you look at your goals day by day.

    Great post!


  • Talia

    I love vision boards! My mum has always encouraged me to create my own dreamboard as it really has helped her over the years! She has a few of them from when she was younger and she still makes them now. Very good idea :)

  • Emily

    I love vision boards! They can be so useful in not just inspiring you to go for want you want but make you fully think and understand what you want and that can be the most difficult sometimes, especially if you are a #careergirl and you have many different goals. Wonderful post and think everyone should make one!



  • Dànae García

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  • Kirsty

    What a great idea!
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  • Keating

    I love this! I have a bulletin board hanging up in my office and it’s full of things that inspire me. I have my college degree hanging up there along with photos of my husband, friends, and family. I even have an updated list of my goals for the month and year. It’s my favorite thing in my office and it really keeps me stay motivated throughout the day.

  • Lauren

    I definitely need one of these, I’m all for having a vision but I need to ‘see’ it more on a daily basis

    Lauren x
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  • Makarena

    It’s a lovely idea!

  • tina

    i have my visualization board but like photo on my folder making on photo shop. also i have one more, for makeup and all that girly stuff and i have one things from list :)

  • Clara

    I absolutely love the concept of a vision board! I have an inspiration board hanging in my room, it’s similar, but I think I’m starting to like the idea of using the board to visualize goals! I might have to add that into my inspiration board somehow!


  • Tiara

    Vision boards are awesome to keep your thoughts on what you really want and away from negative doubts. It is a great way to start momentum with manifesting. (plus a really fun arts and crafts project :D)

  • celyn

    what a great idea! I don’t think I’ve ever made a vision board before! I think I need to make one now! Thank you for all the tips and ideas!


  • Michele

    My husband and I have a vision scrapbook each and we revisit it regularly, even if it is talking it through when we are walking in nature. I also love pinterest for capturing images and words, which depict the essence of what I want to create.
    I am feeling a new creation coming on after reading your blog, thank you.

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  • Ida

    Great tips! :)

  • Crystal

    Definitely inspired now to make a vision board :D

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