How To Create A Vision Board That Really Works (2023)

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Making a vision board, also known as dream board, goal board or wish board is a fun way to manifest your dreams faster. It also helps to make your goals come true and to create the life you want.

I will show you exactly how to create a vision board that works and reveal my secret – that nobody else talks about – about creating powerful vision boards.

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What we cover and what you will learn:

  • What is a Vision Board
  • What Does A Vision Board Look Like
  • Do Vision Boards Work?
  • The difference between a Vision Board or Dream Board
  • How To Start a Vision Board
  • Materials you need for your board
  • The Secret of Creating Vision Boards That Really Work
  • Free Vision Board Template

What Is A Vision Board?

A vision board is a visualization tool that helps you to focus on your dreams and goals by using pictures, quotes, inspiring words and symbols that have a meaning for you.

It is at the same time a manifestation board.

The purpose of a vision board is to make your dreams and goals come true by putting pictures of things on it you want to have or achieve in your life. 

Because you look at it on a regular basis, your mind focuses on the things and feelings you put on the vision board, and therefore makes it your reality.

Since the book The Secret was published, people all over the world started creating and using vision boards. 

Some with more, some with less success.

What Does A Vision Board Look Like?

A vision board or dream board can look however you want it to look like. It includes pictures, inspiring words, quotes, symbols that have a meaning to you and things you want to manifest (attract) into your life and business.

You can create a travel vision board, a life vision board, a work vision board, a money vision board, a positivity board, a motivation vision board, a love vision board, a health vision board, relationship vision board, a new year vision board, a sales goal board, you can use on your vision board affirmations.

Whatever is important to you can go on your personal vision board. 

Most dream boards are a combination of all of the above.

A lot of them come in the form of a poster board, but there are other ways like creating a vision book.

You can put pictures on the board, quotes, inspiring words, affirmations, people you want to meet, your dream house, symbols for goals you want to achieve. 

What I like to do is putting various topics, which are important for me, on my vision board. You will learn more about it later, especially how I place the things.

Vision Board Or Dream Board?

The term vision board or dream board actually means the same. Some use their board to make their visions come true (e.g. business vision) or their dream (dream house, dream car, dream partner and relationship,..).

Whatever term you use and whatever you call your board doesn’t matter.

The intention behind it and what you put on your board is what is important.

How To Create A Vision Board That Really Works

Do Vision Boards Work?

Do dream boards work? They definitely do, but there are some tricks and things you need to know in order to make them work.

How To Make A Vision Board Work

  • Create a vision board that speaks to your heart

The vision board you make must create some strong emotions in you. Looking at it should make you happy, excited, joyous, grateful and appreciative. Include areas of your life that are important to you right now.


One of the most important things to create a vision board that works is to believe in it. If you doubt that your dreams and desires come true, they won’t. It’s as simple as that. 

You have to believe it. Believe that it’s a done deal. Even if your dreams are so big that you have no idea how they ever going to become a reality.


If you are a beginner at manifestation and at creating vision boards, looking at your board daily might not be the best idea. 

Let me explain why:

If you look at your dream board having this feeling that you still don’t have it, asking yourself when will it show up or thinking that you want it so badly (but it’s not here yet), you stop yourself from receiving it.


Thinking about something you want (and don’t have yet) keeps you in a vibration of ‘I don’t have it’. The Universe always gives you what you concentrate on. If you think about I want it, you’re saying at the same time that you don’t have it. And you will never have it.

You have to act like and feel like it’s already yours.

If you can’t act like or feel like it’s yours already, the best thing is to create the vision board, feel like it’s already yours, like it’s a done deal, and then hide it somewhere and forget about it for a while.

Most people will tell you to put the dream board somewhere you can always see it. But if you don’t fully believe in it or have a little doubt about it, it’s better to forget about it.

If you are a powerful manifestor already, having your vision board in plain sight can be a good idea, because every time you look at it you know that it’s already yours, and the manifestation of it is on your way. 


It’s not your work to think about and figure out how it will happen. Your job is to figure out what you want = what your dreams and desires are. If you obsess about how it could happen and how it might come to you, you limit the delivery. It might come in a better way you could ever imagine.


Another amazing trick is to stick something to your vision board you already achieved or manifested.

Especially if you have doubts about if a vision board is working, this is a great trick for your mind to let it know that all the other things are possible too.

Now that you know what to focus on and what not do if you want to create a powerful vision board, it’s time to get creative.


In case you don’t want everyone to see what you want to attract into your life (family, friends, visitors, your partner), hide it. 

Especially if you have big, crazy dreams others will tell you that they can’t come true.

You don’t want others to influence in a way that lets you doubt your dreams and wishes and stops you from manifesting.

That’s why I don’t share my vision boards with others. 

If you don’t have a problem with it, you can hang it on your wall or put it anywhere you want to.

How To Start A Vision Board / What To Put On A Vision Board

Before you create your board you have to find out what you want. If you are not sure what it is that you really want, I have an exercise that shows you and helps you to finding out what you want.

If you already know what you desire, it’s time to create your DIY vision board.

Before we dive into it I want to share with you that I have a free vision board worksheet and template you can use which also shows you what things to put on a vision board so that it actually works.

Vision Board SUPPLY LIST / Materials You Will Need

  1. To create your dream vision board you will need any kind of board, a canvas, a cork board or you can create a vision board poster. You can also use a journal. This is the basis of your law of attraction vision board. Personally, I like a portable vision board (in my journal) I can carry around, especially because I’m traveling frequently. 
  2. You will need magazines to cut out pictures, words and quotes you like or you search for images you want to include online and print them out.
  3. You also need a scissor and a glue.
  4. A fun vision board idea is to make it prettier by using washi tape or vision board stickers

After you know what you want to include to the board and have all the materials at hand, it’s time to create a special environment.

Create A Sacred Space

Creating a sacred space doesn’t have to be as woo woo as it sounds. Just be sure you have some time for this special project. Don’t rush it and try not to be disturbed. 

Grab your favorite drink, make yourself space and time and have fun finding the pictures, words and quotes you want to include.

Take the magazine cutouts, and everything else you want to include and put them on your board.

You can even have your own vision board party where together with your family, friends or kids you create your vision boards.

How To Make A Vision Board That Really Works: My Secret Sauce

My secret ingredient for creating the best vision board – that no one else teaches – is using the power of Feng Shui.

More than a decade ago I discovered Feng Shui and was so fascinated by it that I took courses and an education in Feng Shui for homes and businesses.

The principles of Feng Shui are also applicable to creating a powerful vision board. 

Download the Feng Shui inspired free vision board template here. It shows you exactly where to place the different pictures, words, affirmations and quotes on the vision board and explains the different vision board categories.

Now that you know everything you need to know, including my secret for creating a vision board that works, I hope you enjoy the process and create a vision board full of your wildest dreams + you’ll be able to say ‘MY VISION BOARD WORKED’.

Wishing you all the best,

Christina Leutner

You can download the printable vision board template here.


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