Vision Board FAQ

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Vision Board questions. Get all your visionary board quesitons answered in this comprehensive post on visionary boards.

The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Vision Boards


You can call it many things: a vision board, a visual board, a visualization board, or a visionary board…. No matter what you call it, learning how to create a powerful brain based vision board is a huge tool in your self development toolkit. 


Whether you believe in the more spiritual sides of manifesting, or you prefer to know the cold hard brain facts – creating a vision board is one of the most powerful things you can do for your future self (if done correctly, of course!). 


The thing is, people often think vision boarding is simply putting a bunch of pictures onto paper, then they wonder or get down on themselves when their vision board doesn’t “manifest”. 


Vision boarding is a TOOL in your self development toolkit and self care self care kit that can create a massive impact on your life and create a life of more intention and happiness. 


In today’s blog post, I am going to tackle some of the most asked questions on vision boarding. 




What does a vision board do?

  •  Vision boards are a physical and visual representation of photos, magazine clippings,  words, affirmations, phrases and quotes that represent your life vision. 
  • Vision boards take all of your hopes and dreams for your future self and puts them on display in a cohesive and artistic way for you to stay intentional towards your goals.  
  • Vision Boards are a powerful way to get aligned with your life vision, stay intentional about your goals and a tool in your personal energetic toolkit to activate the law of attraction into your life. 

How do I make my own vision board? 

There is so much more to creating a vision board than most people know. Although you can take the path of simply cutting out photos of your “ideal life” and hoping it all comes true, you may be underwhelmed with the results.  But if you are reading this, you probably want to go a step further with your vision board. You have big dreams, big goals and want to create a vision board that actually works. 

Check out the Infographic below from my signature brain based vision board course that walks you through step by step how to make your own vision board.  Or click HERE to read 7 powerful steps to create your vision board. 




What should be included in a vision board?

A vision board should include your dreams and ideas of what your perfect life looks like in different areas of your life. So for example what would your dream life look like when you think of the following areas of life? 

  • Relationships - self/others
  • Mind/emotions
  • Physical health 
  • Career /business
  • Financials
  • Physical space
  • Spiritual
  • Social

When creating a vision board you should include powerful visuals, imagery and words that evoke an emotional response when looked at. Grounding your vision board in your core values and overall vision for your life, is a powerful tool to create the life you desire. 


Want to learn more? In my signature brain based vision board course I show you step by step how to create a vision board that works. A brain based vision board that goes so much deeper than sticking photos onto paper… but rather uncovers your dream life and creates the foundation for your self development journey. 



What is the difference between a dream board and a vision board? 

Essentially a dream board and a vision board are very similar… however some people consider a ‘dream board’ to be your long-term vision for your life and a vision board is more the ‘short term’ vision for your life. 


Personally, I have a LIFE VISION BOARD - that I create for my bigger 3-5 year goals and then I create a yearly vision board for my 1 year goals. Essentially both are going towards the same goals… my life vision board (or dream board) is the bigger mountain goal whereas my yearly vision board is what I want to do in the next year to get closer to the top of my mountain. 


I highly recommend creating BOTH a life vision board for your 3-5 or even 5-10 year goals and then create a yearly vision board each year.  Learn more about vision boards here! 



Are vision boards good for mental health?

Vision boards are a powerful TOOL in people's self-development toolkit. However if one has unrealistic expectations of how a vision board works and are misguided on how to use a vision board as part of their overall self development goals, then for some, it may cause some distress. A vision board is a tool…. A part of a bigger picture of how to reach your goals. 


There have been articles expressing concern for vision boards on people's mental health. So I really feel that both sides need to be taken into consideration. Unfortunately vision boards can sometimes be portrayed as a ‘magical manifestation tool’ to “poof'' get your dream life. And when people do not get that dream life, it can cause distress. 


However, when you learn how to view a vision board as a self-development tool that can help you keep your goals in view and when you do the work and create it from the foundations of who you are and what you really want, then I feel it can be very good for people’s mental health as it keeps their desires in focus and helps to remind them of whey they are doing what they are doing each day. 


Mental health is different for everyone and having a vision board may be really good for some people and not so good for others. Vision Boards are not meant to treat mental health conditions on their own.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, it’s important to stay in touch with a mental health professional who can help you explore all of your treatment options to find what works best for you.


What are the three types of vision boards?

There are many ways to create a vision board. However when thinking of the different types of vision boards, people often think of the following: 

  • Poster board or cork board vision boards - probably the most common way of creating a vision board. Check out my step by step vision board process.
  • Digital Vision Board - make one on Canva and save to your phone. 
  • Inspiration Wall - post pictures, words, images and things that resonate with you - kind of like a mood board - but for your dreams! 
  • Manifesting Journal - I actually recommend doing this in addition to the vision board, however, simply having a manifesting journal is also an amazing idea! 
  • Smaller Goal inspired vision board. Mini vision boards for a specific goal you want to achieve (ie - your dream career, your health, your wealth). Need some vision board ideas? Check out 11 vision board ideas to get your creative juices flowing! 
  • Pinterest Board. I LOVE Pinterest! It is the most inspiring and positive place on the internet. If you are not on Pinterest - you need to check it out. I am a total Pinterest Lover and post the majority of my content there. Create your own private dream board and pin away!! Added bonus, when and if you then ever want to make a physical board you have a ton of photos to get you started!) 

Do successful people use vision boards?

Yes, successful people use vision boards. In fact, some of the most successful people like Oprah, Jim Carey, Arnold SchwarzeneggerReese Witherspoon, professional athletes and many small business owners. 

In fact, elite athletes use a form of vision board through mental rehearsal and mental visualization to help them visualize their wins, doing certain moves and mastering techniques. The thing is most vision board articles tell you the basics of making a vision board, however they do not teach you the science behind why it works…. Which is something out brains need to know to help us really harness the power of this self development tool. 


Want to learn how to create a vision board based on science? Click the image below to learn more. 


Why do vision boards not work?

Vision boards do not work because people do not take the time to do the foundational work that is so much deeper than posting photos onto paper. 

When you learn how to create a vision board based on the foundation of WHO YOU ARE - aka - your core values and by really defining what you want for your life, then you will make a vision board that works. 



Is it too late to make a vision board?

It is never too late to make a vision board.

Let me say that again, it is never to late to make a vision board.

No matter your age or where you are in life, you can always make a vision board. No matter if it is December, January, August or October - No matter the month - it is not too late to make a vision board. The great thing about creating a vision board is that you can do it any time of the year, at any stage of your life. 

"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. "-CS Lewis.


What are you waiting for? Learn my step by step guide to create your brain based vision board that works. 

What is the major rule for creating a vision board?

The major rule in creating a vision board is that you have to create it unique to you. To create a vision board that works, you need to take the time to do the foundational work - like defining your core values - to start creating the life you desire. 

By learning how to create a vision board that works with how your brain and heart are wired, you will be able to create a vision board that works. 

Learn more about creating vision boards here. 



Is a vision board spiritual?

Vision boards can be spiritual. Honestly, it depends on how you look at it. 

For me personally vision boards are a tool I use to help me get towards my ideal life. I create a vision board that is based in science and I do the deeper self discovery to use my vision board as a visual reminder as I take aligned action each day towards my goals. 

I also see it as spiritual as it is a visual reminder of the choice I make each day to carve the path towards the life that truly makes me happy.


I think some people view vision boards as spiritual as it can connect us to our deeper desires and it is definitely a tool used in manifestation, the law of attraction and energetic levels. But the thing is, there is science behind all of that - whether you see it as more spiritual or logical. 


I think you have to decide what lens to view it from based on what your personal beliefs are and how you view the world. I truly believe there is no right or wrong way to viewing a vision board as spiritual, as logical or both! 

What 3 questions are suggested you ask yourself before creating a vision board?

There are many journaling prompts that you can use to create a powerful vision board. And really depending on if you are creating a vision board for the year of a vision board for your life vision - I would ask different questions. 

However for a brief overview of the 3 questions I would ask yourself before creating a YEARLY vision board would be: 

  1. Reflecting on the past year - what would I change, what would I keep the same, what do I want more of? What do I want less of? 
  2. Thinking of the different areas of my life (relationships, health, finances,) what do I want and need?  
  3. How do I want to be living my life? With my purpose, mindfulness, joy? 

Essentially there are a lot of questions one can ask themselves when creating a vision board. In my signature brain based vision board I will take you through powerful exercises and prompts to help you craft your perfect visionary board. 

How long does a vision board take?

Technically, making your vision board can take about 3 hours…. However, for you to see significant growth in your life you need to understand these basics: 1. Knowing your 3-4 core personal values and 2. Having a vision for your life vision. 

For me, making my vision board takes time.…. like 5-7 days. As I see it more of a process that I think about, reflect on and really get into.  I know this may seem like a long time, but I promise you, once you do this work, you will forever thank yourself and the months and years go by. 

Doing this fundamental work on understanding who you are at your core is a necessity in living a more intentional, aligned, present and happier life. 



Can you reuse a vision board?

I would not re-use a vision board per se. I do however have al longer term - life vision board (which I keep for 3- years) and then I have my yearly vision board - which I keep for about 12 months or so from the date of creating it. 


In my beginning stages of creating vision boards, I did re-use some imagery from one board to the other, however then I was disappointed when I wrecked my vision board and could no longer reflect on what worked and did not work on it. 


What I suggest is re-creating a vision board each year - building upon your one form last year. Or creating a 3- year life vision board (also called a dream board) that you can focus more on your long term goals. 


There you have it!


These are some of the top vision board questions according to Google.

Did I miss any?

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