How To Create A Vision Board Without Pictures

Whenever you gaze at your vision board, you should feel inspired to keep working towards your goals. A vision board is also a manifestation tool. While most vision boards feature many pictures, pictures can stop you from seeing the bigger picture. For this reason, and depending on your preferences, it is sometimes better to create a vision board without pictures. But how do you create a vision board without any pictures? 

Instead of pictures, you can include other representations of your goals and dreams. You can add lists, affirmations, quotes, the names of important people in your life, words of gratitude, and notes to yourself. It could also be meaningful objects, a mirror, fragrance, and tactile pieces.

There has to be an emotional connection to your vision board. You can add many things to your vision board that will keep you motivated to continue to make choices to live the life that brings you the most peace and joy.


Nine Elements To Add To Your Vision Board That Are Not Pictures

Sometimes adding pictures to your vision board is ineffective. You may become fixated on the details of a picture and lose sight of the essence of what you want to achieve. For this reason, consider adding elements that are not pictures but spark motivation, inspiration, and encouragement.

1. Lists

I love the structured orderliness of a list. Reading through a list helps structure your thoughts and align your thinking. 

A bucket list will remind you of everything you wish to do. Writing a bucket list and placing it on your vision board will start the manifestation process. 


Reading over your daily to-do list is a great way to start the day. You will also feel a sense of achievement as you mentally tick off the things you have already done, no matter how big or small.

If you have a specific theme for your vision board, for example, ‘launching my business’, a list will help you keep track of the things you need to do and motivate you to keep going as you work down the list and tick things off.

2. Positive Affirmations

Affirmations remind you that you can achieve all your aspirations and create the life you want. They also remind you that you are worthy of love, happiness, and everything good. 

Repeat your affirmations to yourself to develop a positive mindset about reaching your goals and uplifting your spirit. Repeating affirmations to yourself will also help to make you feel empowered.

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These are some popular affirmations – ‘I create the life I want to live’, ‘I can do anything I set my mind to,’ and ‘I am fearless in the pursuit of what sets my soul on fire’.

Click here to get Affirmations about Money that you can download.

3. Motivational Quotes

Adding quotes to your vision board will help you feel inspired to keep pushing toward your goals. 

You can include a motivational quote or messages of encouragement that you may have received from family, friends, or colleagues; even lyrics from songs can be inspiring.

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These are some of my favorites:


  • “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl
  • “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
  • “At any given moment, you have the power to say: this is not how my story will end.” – Christine Mason Miller
  • “I never lose. Either I win or learn.” ― Nelson Mandela.

4. Names Of Your People 

Your loved ones, who are your rock, your support, and who cheer you on, are often the reason you continue to push on when you feel demotivated and despondent. 

Include their names in your vision board. When you have a bad day or feel like giving up, seeing their name/s will remind you that they are rooting for you.

Perhaps it is your children, parents, or even a mentor you want to achieve a goal for. Including their names in your vision board will motivate you to keep working.


5. Words Of Gratitude

Feelings of negativity make you feel tired; there is a heaviness that hangs over you. 

When you focus on your blessings, you feel happier and more positive. When you are feeling positive, you feel lighter and are more motivated to work towards your goals and dreams. 

Write out all the things that you already have and are grateful for. 

Download here 41 Gratitude Journal Prompts For Adults.

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6. Notes To Your Future Self

You may have heard the saying ‘live like you already have it’. Writing notes to your future self, as if you have already achieved your goals, will conjure up feelings of accomplishment, satisfaction, and joy, motivating you to work towards making them a reality.

7. Meaningful Objects

You can have fun and let your imagination and creativity run here. Think about the life you envision and what you would like to achieve, and then include bits and pieces that represent that. You could add parts of a map for places you would like to visit.

You could also incorporate splashes of color to represent different things you want to accomplish; for example, green means calm, but it also symbolizes money.

If you are studying towards a Diploma or Degree, a tassel, like the one in a graduation cap, can be added.

8. A Mirror

Put yourself in the center of your vision board.

Become a part of your vision board by adding a mirror to it. Seeing yourself amid all the positive affirmations, inspiring quotes, and names of your loved ones will trigger a feeling of being part of the dream coming true. 


9. A Fragrance That Makes You Feel Invigorated

Smells are so meaningful. They can be nostalgic and conjure up happy memories. 

Associating a smell with your goals and dreams is such a special idea. You can either spritz a perfume that is familiar to you onto your vision board. Or add an essential oil that you love, which will always remind you about what you want to accomplish, even after you have achieved it. 

Every time you smell this scent, it will remind you of the effort you put in to achieve your goals. This smell will continue to motivate you as you work towards achieving new goals and reaching more dreams through your life’s journey.

Can Vision Boards Just Be Words?

Your vision board needs to be impactful to you. When you look at it, you must feel inspired and motivated. Words, quotes, and affirmations without any pictures can be powerful. A vision board of just words will allow you to visualize precisely what you want your life to be like.

Some people need pictures and symbols to trigger a feeling. For others, words alone are more effective. Finding pictures that match what you want to accomplish may also be challenging. 

What Should A Vision Board Say?

The words on your vision board are entirely up to you. Is there a specific goal you want to reach? Do you want to change your lifestyle? Are you creating a vision board to remind you of your intentions? Do you want to incorporate new habits into your daily routine? Is there something that you are working towards or saving up for? 

The purpose of your vision board will determine what your vision board says. For example, if your vision board is to help you be intentional about treading more softly on this earth, you could include quotes about animals and the environment. If your vision board is to help you stay motivated to get into shape, impactful quotes and words will be effective.


It is not necessary to include pictures on your vision board. There are so many other options you can use to add to your vision board that will help you stay focused and inspired to keep pushing and continue making choices that will be good for the life you wish to live.

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