The power of a manifestation board is that they focus our intention constantly without us even trying.
Manifestation is probably the most powerful tool we have to shift our reality for the better. It’s a game-changer and I tend to get very excited when I get a chance to talk about it.
The problem is most people fail to see results while manifesting. There are a number of reasons for this (and that’s one of the reasons we made the step-by-step workbook) but often one of the biggest problems is we fail to stay focused on our intention.
Affirmations are at their most potent when they’re constantly in front of us. Even if we’re not consciously aware that we’re thinking about them. They guide our behaviors and thoughts by slightly nudging us at every decision we make.
A vision board is probably one of the most passive ways to keep our intentions working for us even when we’re not trying. They can be used by themselves or in combination with another technique.
Plus, they can be fun to put together!
What Is a Manifestation Board?
A manifestation board is a vision board with a heavy focus on your intention. It isn’t just a list of things you’d like, it’s a board that keeps your mind (both conscious and subconscious) focused on what you really want. What you’re actively working toward.
It’s like a warning sign to the universe: Step aside. This is where I’m heading.
They’re often a mixture of words, a collection of images or items that help you visualize exactly where you want to be. It could be photos you find online or ones you’ve taken yourself, it might include a list of positive affirmations (or manifestation scripts) and it could even go beyond a simple corkboard to become an entire wall or be a digital vision board (which we’ll talk about later).
There are no hard-set rules in how your manifestation board should look. As long as it makes you think of your intention and keeps your goal in front of you.
It can be a combination of things that would make up your dream life or it could be heavily focused on one thing (that’s how I set mine up).
You might have seen some incredible-looking physical board designs on Instagram (I’ll share some in the examples below) but you don’t have to be an arts and crafts master. I’ve been told my vision boards look like it was made by a toddler but that hasn’t stopped them bringing me my dream life.
Do Manifestation Boards Work?
Short answer? Yes.
Manifestation is one of the most powerful tools we have and one of my favorite topics to talk about. Mostly because I know firsthand how much of an impact it can have.
There are loads of famous and successful people who talk about how they’ve used a vision board to get them where they are. If we’re adding some active manifestation techniques to this as well we’re giving ourselves a powerful advantage.
But most people fail at manifestation. While popularity has grown over the last couple of years, it’s still not that common and that’s mostly because people give it a half-hearted try and don’t immediately win the lottery or attract their soulmate overnight.
Part of the problem is we forget. That’s okay, we’re human. It happens.
But manifestation doesn’t work like that. It’s not about uttering the right affirmation and just sitting back waiting for it to happen. It can change our life but only if we let it change our actions.
This is where a manifestation board is most powerful.
When we see (whether we’re consciously aware of it or not) it can instantly remind us of our goal. It brings our intentions straight to mind again and (the best part) we only have to set it up once.
I often call manifestation the perfect tool for changing our lives for the better. Manifestation boards might be the perfect tool belt for making this tool as easy to use as possible.
How Do You Make a Manifestation Board?
There are two main parts to making a manifestation vision board.
- The physical process of putting it together.
- The mindful process of putting it together.
It’s important to remember we’re not just putting together a decoration or a list of things you’d like. We’re trying to reprogram your reality and that takes a little bit more than some glue. The perfect vision board is the one you can picture in your mind’s eye without even looking at it.
Note: The same rules apply here if you’re doing it on a poster board or a digital version. Just stick to digital pictures if your board is digital and don’t try and glue anything to your screen. Please.
Step 1: Setting Your Intention and Preparing Your Board
The first step is the most important. Nail this and it doesn’t matter how the finished product comes out and there are a couple of steps I’d follow here:
Be true to yourself. Don’t pick things you think people would expect of you or things you think you should want. You need an emotional attachment to your intention. Something that would really bring change to your world.
For best results (and I really do suggest reading this) I have a full guide on how to set an intention for manifestation. As possibly the most important step, we don’t want to get this wrong.
This is where your manifestation board differs from a dream board, an inspiration board or a mood board. It should be heavily focused on the one thing you want. This is one goal you want to actually make happen.
Tip: If this is your first board I would suggest keeping your goal small. Something you’re already close to and maybe the universe just needs a little nudge in the right direction. You can always aim for bigger goals later on, but starting small will help you see results early and this will keep your mind focused for the bigger goals.
Step 2: Collect Your Triggers
Next we need things that remind you of your goals. Often these are online images of people enjoying the very thing you’re aiming for.
What Should Be Included in a Manifestation Board?
- If your intention is to travel, it might be pictures of the places you want to go.
- If your intention is to manifest love, it might be of the specific person, of happy relationships or of things you want to do together.
- If your intention is to change your professional life, it might be material goals like a big office or a new car.
Your triggers need to be clear. They don’t need to be clear to other people but if you don’t look at your board for a while you shouldn’t need a moment to remember what each part is. You should instantly know what each part is at a glance.
You can use anything you want as a trigger for your board.
- Ticket stubs.
Step 3: The Setup
This is important. Don’t try and replicate someone else’s board. The examples I’ll include below should give you a nudge in the right direction but your board needs to be personal.
I’m not a fan of buying a vision board kit of premade images. I would suggest avoiding this kind of thing and printing out images yourself or getting some magazine clippings if you don’t have access to a printer.
It’s not about looking aesthetically pleasing.
It’s not about getting the perfect Instagram shot.
A real board for manifestation is personal to you. That doesn’t mean you can’t share it with other people but the focus needs to be on you.
There are no rules in setting up your manifestation board. It can be minimalist and clean with a few words and a single photo or a completely chaotic board teeming at the edges. You could use popular motivational quotes or a single affirmation you have a connection to.
Most boards are a collage of images but this is the real power of visualization. It doesn’t matter what is physically on that board as long as it triggers your mindset. As long as you can see yourself achieving the goal of the board.
Collect your triggers, make sure your mind is clearly set on your intention and place things together. You might change your mind at this stage and decide to leave some pieces out. Don’t feel like you have to use everything and don’t compare your board to Instagram images.
As long as you know exactly what your board is focused on when you look at it, it’ll work. You don’t need to fill every blank space. You don’t need to do anything. Take your time with this and trust your intuition.
Step 4: Actually Using Your Manifestation Board
This is where things start to get really interesting.
The simple act of building your board is an active process of manifestation but the real power is using your board constantly.
Ideally, I would also be using something like the 55×5 method however if you don’t have that kind of time or energy the board is still a strong start.
If you’ve correctly followed step 1 and your board brings your manifestation goals to mind when you’re done. Actually using your board is just about having it in your presence. Even if you’re not consciously aware that you’re using it, seeing it out of the corner of your eye keeps your subconscious focused on your intention.
This keeps us focused on our goals. More importantly, it changes our behavior and keeps us taking the right actions to make our intention a reality.
Where Do You Hang a Vision Board?
There are no hard-set rules on where your vision board should be. Members of Get Spiritual sometimes place theirs in a dedicated meditation room or sacred space and this helps focus them when they’re intentionally working on themselves.
If that’s what you choose to do, that’s more than fine.
One of the reasons I really like physical vision boards for this is that they can constantly bring your attention back to your intentions and keeps your ideal life at the forefront of your mind.
So (personally) I like to hang a manifestation board somewhere I’m likely to see it at least once a day. I don’t keep it in a specific room or even a specific place, I like to have it somewhere I’ll see it without meaning to.
It could be above my mirror in the morning or (especially if my current intention is work-related) I like it above my desk. That way when my mind wanders (and it will) my manifestation goal is right in front of me and triggering my subconscious to get back to work.
Manifestation Board Examples
Remember: these are examples and nothing more. Your board should be unique to you.
If you’re unsure about something or maybe you’ve been trying manifestation boards and not seeing any results then feel free to get in touch and I’ll do my best to help.
I’ll try to cover any frequent questions here:
How Do You Make a Secret Vision Board?
The Secret is the most popular Law of Attraction book around and does make reference to a vision board. A manifestation board following the steps above is exactly the same thing.
We just don’t call it a secret vision board because it’s really a manifestation board. It doesn’t really matter what you call it at the end of the day as long as your intention is there.
How Do I Activate my Vision Board?
This step is entirely optional. Personally, the simple act of mindfully assembling and placing a manifestation board is enough to start the process for me.
But if you find a specific ritual that helps focus your subconscious there are a couple of examples (or you can even find your own).
Where Can I Make a Vision Board Online?
I’m a big fan of physical vision boards but if you want to create a digital one there are more than a few websites and apps that can help.
The one thing I would remind you is that a manifestation board is most effective when it’s frequently in front of you. If you have to go out of your way and remember to look at it then it’s not being as effective as it could be.
If you do choose to make a digital vision board online then I’d maybe set it as your homepage for a month or set reminders on your phone to look at it or tweak it slightly.
You don’t need to buy anything. A free image editor will do the same trick but there are a few places you could use:
Again, a digital manifestation board wouldn’t be my first choice unless you really don’t have the space to make a physical one. If you’re going to do it, I would disable other notifications at the time so you can mindfully put your board together and set reminders to use it over time.