Vision boards and why they work

A powerful guide to a better future

Vision boards - sounds a bit hippy-dippy I know, but gradually this kind of concept is being brought into the corporate world. They’re used as a means to channel one’s dreams and can be useful to hone the mind and clarify what one would like to bring to reality in life.

Dan Millman in his book ‘The Way of the Peaceful Warrior’ oft repeats “Energy flows where attention goes” hence, if you have a vision board on your wall at home or work, the images you’ve carefully selected will regularly draw your attention, and your energy will momentarily be focussed on your vision of the future. At times it will help you realise what you can add to your vision and sometimes take from it.

Personally, I find my own vision boards to be an attention-grabbing focus. At the beginning of the year, I made a vision board with different coloured words with various fonts - It’s on a wall in my home.  Sometimes when I need to focus or need inspiration, I relax, stare at my board and at times, a word just jumps right out at me - which I find useful for directing my thoughts, improving positivity and can be very inspiring at times.

If you want to clarify your own vision of wants, needs, desires, why not consider the following, bearing in mind that sometimes sharing your dreams with others can be a great spur to achieving them?

  • What do you want? 
  • Where do you wish to focus your thoughts? 
  • Is there a dream trip you desire to make a reality? 

If you have made a vision board this year, or are tempted to, how about sharing it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?

If you’ve not made a Vision Board yet, but want to, here are some friendly tips and a list of what you’ll need:


  • A large (A3 is ideal) sheet of thin card
  • Scissors, pens, glue, and stickers
  • Pictures from magazines, or your own photos
  • Coloured pens
  • Time – take your time, about 2 to 3 hours should be sufficient


  • Have some background music on
  • Set out your space, making sure you have everything you need on your table or the floor – wherever you choose to create your board
  • Invite friends over- sometimes it’s good to make a little event out of this and show each other your finished boards.
  • People have many different techniques, such as cutting out pictures and doing trial layouts before they’re happy.  Some people put their main vision right in the centre and surround that with positive words and other pictures to fuel the vision.

According to the Huffington Post

‘Whether you believe or not, we know that visualization works. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance, and Psychology Today reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined lifting weights.’

If you create your own vision board, I hope you have a fun experience at the very least and I hope one or more of your dreams become a happy reality.  Enjoy!

Bridget Carter