The Power of a Vision Board

The very first vision board I created had one image of a stack of money bags in a large pyramid. I believe it was an image from a money article on creating wealth. But for me, that stack of money bags represented the debt I was going to eliminate (a 3-5 year plan that, with vision and grit, was accomplished).


Visual prompts and images are powerful brain-training techniques I have found that pull us into a “preferred vision” rather than a “looking back” to the past.


I share with my executive leadership coaching clients: “keep it simple and fun as you create your vision”. It’s a mix between:

  • Intentional choices
  • Values you live
  • Dreams and goals
  • Aspirations to realize


  1. Put something in the center of your vision board that represents your center– your core purpose.
  2. Include your “word of the year”.
  3. Put life verses or life quotes that inspire your best life.
  4. Pictures and images around dreams, goals, aspirations, and what matters most to you!
  5. Some categories to possibly include: faith/purpose, family, lifestyle, health, accomplishments, dreams, and intentional living.

It might seem trivial but I believe vision– what we see in our future, can pull us forward.

Here’s to your vision!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.