Making a Vision Board

making a vision boardThe other day, while hanging out on Sparkpeople, I read a comment from my friend Laura.  She had “found” some pounds which were previously lost and was looking for a way to keep her motivation going.  She mentioned making a vision board.

Laura’s comment really “sparked” something in me (pardon the pun).  It has been more than 3 1/2 years since I made my last vision board.

the author's first vision board which includes a photo of the author from 1987, a photo of the author and her husband from 2010, as well as inspirational magazine photos and quotes
My first vision board from 2011.

In his book, Finding Your Voice: Sort Through the Clutter, Discover Clarity, Confidence, and Direction, Joel Boggess recommends creating a vision board.

You have to see yourself in a better place if you
expect to get there. The sharper the
image is of
what you seek, the easier it will be to recognize it
when it shows up. – Joel Boggess

So I gathered my materials and started working.  If you want to create your own vision board, here’s what you’ll need:

Making a Vision Board


Poster board (for my first vision board I used a piece of construction paper)

Magazines, catalogs (or you can search google for pics to print and cut out)


Double-sided tape or glue stick (I like Duck Brand’s Easy Stick Double Stick Self-Adhesive Roller)


Personally, I don’t like to put categories on the beginning of the vision board process.  Just start flipping through your pile of magazines (or browsing Pinterest, Instagram, etc.) and start ripping out any photos, drawings or words that catch your eye.  My idea this time around was to look for things I wanted to do and be if money and time were no object. This process takes a couple of hours, but it’s fun!!  I feel like a big kid cutting up magazines and just dreaming.

Once you have a good-sized stack of photos and words (I would say 40-50 for a 22″x28″ poster board), then you can start sorting.  You will notice some natural categories forming as you sort.  For instance, travel,  health and faith were my three main categories.  Once the pile is sorted, you can start placing the photos and words on the poster board.  I recommend placing before you glue so you can get the groupings that are most meaningful for you.  Once you glue it down it’s hard to unstick!!

It was important to me to include a pen, to signify my writing.  I also wanted to cover healthy eating and exercising.  Art and I would love to travel more, so pics of some of my dream vacations were necessary.  Peace and calm were also high on my priority list.  My favorite quote on my vision board is this one:

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." - Mahatma Ghandi
– Mahatma Ghandi

A reminder that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)

Hopefully I won’t wait 3 1/2 years to make my next vision board.  I really think once a year is a better plan for keeping focused on my goals.  What do you think?

Have you ever made a vision board?  Do you think it would help you find your life’s focus?

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