Vision Boards 101

SONY DSCGreat ideas, dreams, and goals all stem from a tiny thought that blossomed in the creative environment of your mind. They can often lead you to success and accolades in the future, but when they are locked inside your mind, that doesn’t do you any good. Instead, creating a vision board is a great activity to help you not only visualize what your goal is, but also the steps you must take to achieve that goal.

Whether they are career goals, academic goals, travel ideas, or just fun bucket list ideas, using a vision board to visualize each goal increases the likelihood that you will carryout your goals. Moreover, when you display your vision board in your office, room, or work space, it will motivate you to continue pursuing the idea that germinated from a tiny seed in your mind until you accomplish it. Below are a few tips on creating a vision board and some ideas of what to include following the instructions.

  • Be selective- Don’t feel obligated to clip all of the island-getaway pictures you see in travel magazines. You want your board to reflect organization and clarity, but when you start adding multiple photos of the same thing, it can get cluttered and chaotic.
  • Use more than one board- Along the same lines of keeping your vision board organized, feel free to create one vision board for each goal you have in mind. That way, you can easily compartmentalize what tasks need to be accomplished for each goal in order to achieve it in an efficient manner.
  • Have fun- The most important thing to keep in mind while you are creating this vision board is to have fun and be creative with it.


You can’t get more visual than pictures themselves, and magazines are a great resource when creating your vision board. Rather than let your magazines collect dust on the coffee table, put them to good use after you finish reading them and use them as a place to gather ideas and clip pictures. From people to places to things, you can find countless pictures to clip for your vision board. For example, if you are creating a vision board for all of your vacation fancies, find inspiration in travel and leisure magazines.


Behind each word lies so much power, and when you string them together in the right order to form a quote, they become that much more powerful. If words appeal to you more than pictures do, a quick search on the Internet can provide you with tens of thousands of quotes by award-winning authors, famous celebrities, or even the greatest thinkers of the past and present. It doesn’t even have to be a well-known quote though, it just needs to be one that will keep you focused and motivated on accomplishing your goals.

Michelle Chen is a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Nutritional Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics. She plans to enter the field of medicine.

Photo Credit: Belen Rediet

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