How to Create a Vision Board

Transform your dreams into reality, let’s create a vision board that works!

Ladies and Gents, have you ever heard the saying, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it”? Well, let me tell you, that saying is 100% true, and the secret to making your dreams a reality is none other than the humble vision board.

You might be thinking, “A vision board, really? That’s a bit too new-agey for me.” But let me tell you, my friend, vision boards are like the primer under your foundation; you don’t see it, but boy does it make a difference. Let’s dive deeper into the mysterious world of manifestation and create you a vision board that really works.

Here are the steps to help you create a vision board that really works:


Identify Your Goals

The first step to creating a vision board that works is to work out what it is that you REALLY want this year. So we’re talking 12 month goals here. Think of where you could be by the end of the year and, keeping it realistic, start by making a list of what you want.

TIP: Most people over-estimate what they can achieve in 12 months, and under-estimate what they can achieve in 10 years. 

So my advice would be to stick to THREE main goals, and then we’re going to go deep into visualising those three.


Create Your Board On Pinterest

If you haven’t heard of Pinterest yet, it’s a social media platform that shows you tonnes of beautiful images that you can ‘Pin’ as inspiration onto a variety of boards that you create on your profile. Check mine out here for some inspiration.

I’ve created boards for costume ideas, boards showcasing a vintage glamour aesthetic, I put my art up on boards for people to see, and I’ve created a heap of private boards (i.e. boards only I can see) for art inspiration, clothes I want to get and of course, that’s where we’re going to create our manifestation board.


Get Super Specific

This is the secret to making your vision board work. You have to be able to really SEE what your life will look like once you’ve achieved your goal. For example, if your goal is to develop your voice so you can start gigging by the end of the year, then not only do you need to include pictures of singers or music you can sing, but also pictures of the venues you want to perform in, duo singer/guitar acts at work (or whatever format you want to sing in), a calendar showing all the gig bookings you have lined up, etc…

The key is to be as specific as possible so you can literally taste the end result. This is also why having three main goals to focus on is a good idea for a 12 month plan. It means you can fill up your board with enough images to show you achieving your goal without becoming too cluttered and overwhelming.

TIP: Overwhelm due to clutter or having too many things to focus on is an Achilles-heel for creative types. If you try to do too much, you get flustered and end up doing nothing, so simplify by focusing on the top three most important tasks. – Nicola Milan

Add Words As Well As Pictures

One secret I have found that works is to add words to your vision board. These help boost the relevance or timeliness of the images and remind you of why you included them. For example ‘Perform’ is a great word to use next to a picture of a famous jazz club. Or ‘Buy’ is a good action word to use next to a picture of that hot-pink Cadillac you’re manifesting into your life this year (hehehe).

Keep Your Board Where You See It Often

The final step is to make sure you can reference your vision board often, to keep you on track. For many this means printing out the pictures, sticking them on a board and putting them up on a wall. My own style is a bit different. I find that if I see my board every day, I stop ‘seeing it’ (if that makes sense). It becomes too familiar and stops being a source of drive.

So that’s why I love Pinterest vision boards because I use the platform often enough to check in on my goals, but not so much that my manifestations will become ineffective. For my daily-kick-my-butt-into-action visual stimulation, I create a big A3 check list of things I need to do each month. Like little stepping stones. Then I tick is off each month as I go to see my progress.

So there are my tips for creating a Pinterest Vision Board that works. I hope you have fun creating yours and that all your goals and dreams for the year come true!

Nicola xx

Nicola Milan Vision Board

Riddle Me This…

Have you ever created a manifestation board? If you have, did any of it come true? Let us know in the comments below.



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