Goal Setting

Best Categories & Goal Types to Put on Your Vision Board + Examples of Each

What are your personal life goals? Focus in on those dreams and organize your next steps with these specific vision board categories.

vision board categories and types

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Never underestimate the power of a vision board.

Steve Harvey himself has said

You have to have a vision board! I don’t know nobody wealthy, who don’t have a vision board. Scripture says “write the vision and make it plain. So he who reads it will run to it, and even though it will tarry, wait for it. For surely it will come at an appointed time.

Steve Harvey

What you have to know is that making a vision board doesn’t have to be a grand affair.
You can make an inspiration board anytime you desire a change in any part of your life.

Most of us keep a revolving mental list of things that we would like to do differently anyways.

The question today is what is more effective? Working on all of those changes at the same time or targeting them one by one?

If you read my post on how to use vision boards as a visualization tool, you will remember that one of the ideas when making a vision board is to use all of your senses to visualize how it will feel when you achieve the goal that you have in mind. This is to help you make calculated moves that get you closer and closer to those goals.

Unfortunately, in life, it is so easy to get distracted.

This is why even though some people prefer to make general vision boards that represent all aspects of their life, others find more success creating one vision board for a specific niche of their lives.

Making categorized goal boards is a good way to:

  • avoid getting sidetracked
  • avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed
  • stay intentional about transforming your mindset
  • avoid wasted motions
  • make decisions that move you closer to your ultimate objective

You should consider making a dedicated inspiration board for a specific category of your life if you are already pretty clear about what you want to achieve.

For example, if the goal is to lose a certain amount of weight, plan a wedding, start a certain business or complete a set of classes, a vision board with quotes and imagery that are all about that specific goal is much more motivating and personally empowering than one that is all jumbled with other, less important, goals.

If this sounds like a good plan to you, the first step is to choose the topic for your vision board.

How to Choose the Topic for Your Vision Board

Deciding on vision board topics is a very personal choice.

To determine the appropriate categories for your vision board, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What is my New Year’s resolution for this year?
  2. Where do I see myself in 1 year? What about in 5 years?
  3. What areas do I want to improve in?
  4. In what ways do I want to contribute to my community and/or the society at large?
  5. What are some new things that I want to try?
  6. What have I recently learned that I am good at?
  7. What do I want to get rid of in my life?
  8. What is my biggest obstacle in life? What is holding me back?

Can My Vision Board Include More Than One Category or Goal Type?

Of course! What you include in your vision board is up to you entirely.

A vision board should be created for the areas of your life that you wish to improve, so if that includes 2 or 3 specific areas, then so be it.

read next : 45 Printable Vision Board Quotes to Elevate Your Goals

Now, what I will say is that one benefit of separating your dream board categories is that it allows you to be more clear about your intentions and goals.

For example, if you want to focus on improving your physical fitness and your relationships, a board dedicated completely to fitness would be more motivating to see in the mornings than a board that has fitness images as well as relationship images.

At a passing glance, your eyes and mind are less likely to register the intent behind a mix of vision board ideas.

7 Vision Board Categories (with Examples)
You Can Use as a Template

Vision boarding is most successful when your intentions are crystal clear. This is why you should consider making a categorized board instead of a generic one.

If you have many different vision board category ideas, you should consider crating mini vision boards for each one in the pages of your notebook or journal.

You can even create digital vision boards for each category and store them in your phone or as your computer screensaver or background so that you can view them constantly.

To get you started, I’ve created this list of popular categories and some examples of what goes in them:

1. Love & Relationships

This type of vision board can include any relationships that you look forward to developing in the future.
Do you want to make new friends? Are you single or in a relationship that you don’t like? Do you want to focus on improving your marriage or changing the status of a long term relationship?

These are all excellent reasons to make a love focused dream board. My love affirmations for attracting relationships will even help you do so.

Inspiration for Vision Boards in the Love Category

In the vision board examples below, you will notice a good bit of variety. While some have created love boards to attract new relationships into their life, others are already in relationships and have chosen to create joint vision boards as a couple. I especially like how the one person incorporated stories of successful marriages in order to better visualize what it means to be in a healthy partnership.
Check them out here:

2. Home & Family

Home life vision boards should incorporate your family’s future plans, your upcoming adventures and your family values. They can also reflect your desire to get closer to your child, your parents or the entire family unit.

In this category of vision boards, collaboration is key. Include ideas from your whole family by inviting your partner and/or kids to participate.

Inspiration for Vision Boards in the Home Life Category

Just like every family is different, every home life vision board will be different. You will see that in the following examples. Check out how these different people have chosen to display their family goals.

3. Health, Wellness & Self-Care

When it comes to wellness-related vision board ideas, the big question that you need to ask yourself is “how do I want to feel?”

This will help you to know what sort of health goals that you want to make. Do you want to feel stronger? Then include images and pictures of the muscle groups that you want to develop. Do you want to feel more confident and secure in yourself? Then your vision board should include self love affirmations.
Don’t be afraid to incorporate all areas of wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual and mental.

Inspiration for Vision Boards in the Wellness Category

The following wellness boards do an amazing job of showing you how to blend many different types of health goals. For example, the first board is obviously made by someone that is focused on physical fitness and clean eating, but by including a picture of fresh flowers, they show that self care and mental wellness are also important priorities for them.

4. Dream Job & Career Goals

I believe that careers and jobs are one of the most popular vision board topics. With many of us spending most of our day at work or working towards a career, we want to love what we do and do what we love.

So if you want to advance professionally, a career focused vision board is a good one to consider.

Inspiration for Vision Boards in the Career Category

When it comes to career focused vision boards, it isn’t uncommon to have a more text-heavy board. You’ll see that a lot of the example career boards below feature words and statements that are designed to motivate and empower.
Luckily, I’ve created free job and career affirmations that you can print out and use on your own professional vision board.

5. Personal Finances

Are stability, security and overflow your priority in this season? Then a vision board focused on your financial goals is something that you need to make. Certain types of vision boards affect your quality of life more than others and this category would be one of those.
To help you create this type of board, make sure to print and use these affirmations for abundance.

Inspiration for Vision Boards in the Money Category

When you take a look at these financial vision board examples, you will notice that they include a mix of money-related principles, ways to make money as well as smart ways to spend/invest that money. It shows how important it is to incorporate both specific and detailed goals, as well as overarching values.

6. Personal Growth 

The personal growth category covers many areas like spiritual growth, self discovery, emotional growth, skill development and so much more. As long as it has to do with becoming a better version of yourself, then it has to do with personal growth. So, do some soul searching and decide in what ways that you would like to see yourself improve.

Inspiration for Vision Boards in the Self-Growth Category

The vision board ideas below will help you understand how to create an empowering board using a mix of images and text.

7. Travel Goals

One of the funnest types of dream boards to make is in the travel category. You can think about it like a more intentional form of the travel bucket list. Cut out pictures of the places that you’d like to visit from Pinterest or from Google and even include the sights that you would like to see and the foods you wish to eat. With this type of board, you want to be as specific as possible.

Inspiration for Vision Boards in the Travel Category

The examples below show how to make your vacation dreams come true using a dream board. There’s even a post here about how to use Instagram as a travel vision board!

There is no need to stop with the seven categories above. There are so many additional types of vision boards that you can make.

It is completely up to you to determine what you want to visualize in your life.

Just remember that an important part of visualization is focus and to get that focus, you want to be as specific as possible.

There are so many everyday examples of how we use categorized boards to get what we want in life. So many that you might not have even realized.

Have you seen stylists make a collage of different outfits for their clients to try on? That is essentially a vision board made in the category of fashion.

What about people that put together a folder of their desired wedding colors, the style of dresses they want to buy, the type of food they want to serve, the people they wish to invite, etc. That is an event-specific inspiration board.

How about that Pinterest board that you created for renovating or redecorating your bathroom? That is a pretty much a digital vision board in the category of home decor. Even a folder of paint swatches is a micro-form of this type of vision boarding.

Creating categories is an important tool that can be shared and discussed at your next vision board party. In fact, sometimes organizing your goals into categories helps you figure out what to put on your vision board. So, it’s not a bad idea to start the party with this step.

While a vision board won’t do the hard work of achieving your goals for you, making your goals crystal clear has the benefit of clarifying what actions that you can take and what decisions that you can make to get you closer to your end-goal. By translating your hopes and dreams into actions, what you want in life can be within your reach.

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