Creating Your Lifestyle Design Vision Board: My Personal Example

by Brenton Russell on

Recently I wrote a post about how using vision boards to represent your lifestyle design can be a very powerful, creative and fun way to define your desired life.

Constructing a vision board with visual cues that resonate with you not only assists in working out exactly what your desired lifestyle looks like but also gives you a visual tool to constantly remind and focus yourself on the lifestyle that you are working towards.

As promised, here is my latest personal lifestyle design vision board:

My Vision Board Explained

The centre of my board is the symbol from Seth Godin’s book ‘Linchpin’.  I am currently reading this book and it is striking a real chord with me.  I have placed this in the centre as I want to remind myself to strive to be a linchpin in everything I do.

The surrounding pictures glued to the sheet in the centre of my board are the core areas in my life that I want to remain continually focussed on.  In no particular order this includes:

  • health.
  • surfing.
  • developing my creativity.
  • my wife and children.
  • my website ‘Uncork your Mind’
  • leadership.
  • connecting with others.
  • outdoor adventures.
  • healthy eating.
  • continual reading and self development.
  • maintaining a positive outlook.

Included on this centre sheet are some handwritten quotes that I want to constantly remind myself of.  Some of these were taken from my recent post of 39 Life Changing Quotes.  These include:

  • ‘We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing.  Action always generates inspiration.  Inspiration seldom generates action.’  Frank Tibolt.
  • ‘Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.’  Annette Funnicello.
  • ‘Always do what you are afraid to do.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  • ‘It doesn’t matter if you are always right.  It matters that you are always moving.’  Seth Godin (from the book ‘Linchpin’).
  • ‘See results, not failures.’
  • ‘The question isn’t who is going to let me.  It’s who is going to stop me.’  Ayn Rand (thanks Ryan for bringing this quote to my attention!).
  • ‘Become a being of sharing and generosity.’

Around the outside I have placed pictures, quotes and inspiration cards of thoughts and focus areas for the immediate future.  I have pinned these on to allow me to add and subtract to my vision board as my focus changes and develops.  As a vision board is a living thing, I have intentionally left space to add things in the future.

Create Your Own Lifestyle Vision Board

My method of creating a lifestyle design vision board  is just one way to create a visual representation of your desired lifestyle.  Construct your own vision board using my method or any others which appeal to you and start creating your desired lifestyle!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ryan Renfrew @lifestyle design December 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm

looking good man,

I like the whole visual aspect of representing your dreams. Is the board somthing you will update regularly or do you keep it the same?


Brenton Russell December 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Hi Ryan,

I definitely think that a Vision Board is something to update as the mood strikes and your focus/emphasis changes. I have intentionally left some space around my board to add new things in. Since I posted the photo I have added ‘The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success’ 😉 – just waited on the last law now!


Steve@Lifestyle Design December 15, 2010 at 5:33 am


I like your vision board. I may have to make one up. I just finished my office in my new apartment. (the only room “done” now) I feel so much happier with my whiteboards, references and such. I think something like a vision board would be a great addition to my “command center”


Brenton Russell December 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I am such a whiteboard fan myself! I have just moved house myself and am yet to put up my whiteboard.

I find that my Vision Board not only helps me when I am around it but also during the day when I am out of my office the memory of the visual cues help me to make the right decisions about where I am headed at the point when I could be distracted or procrastinate.


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