How to build a Grid-based vision board?
Below you will find step-by-step instructions to help you build your own Grid Vision Board. If you have not read Part 1 of the Grid Vision Board blog series, you can access it here.
The goal of a vision board is to depict your desired future and create it.
Your vision in 5 Steps!
- what you want to have,
- how you want to feel,
- who you want to be
for each domain:
(1) your personal life – how do I want my life to look and feel?
(2) self-care – how do I want to look and feel?
(3) your work/business – how and where do I want to work and what is it that I want to be doing and with whom?
(4) your career – what do I want to be known as or for?
Consider what experiences, feelings, and possessions matter a great deal to you.
Use magazines, photographs, and pictures from the internet to help you. Print them and make cut-outs of the essential elements. If your life specific words or slogans, quotes or people and personalities include them as well. Essentially in this step, you are collecting four piles of visual content that speaks to your mind, heart, body, and spirit because there is an energetic connection between these images and you.
This process can take up to 2-3 hours if it is being done in one sitting. Alternatively, you can give yourself a time window of 1-2 weeks and simply pull together all images and cut-outs that attract your attention.
Follow your intuition to tell you whether what you collected is enough. If so, start to assemble each domain by sifting through your collection and arranging it in a way that has meaning for you. Eliminate any duplicates and aim for simplicity and order unless you enjoy chaos.
You can do all 4 areas in one sitting or devote a separate session to each one.
When you have completed all four domains, you will, in essence, have four canvases. Notice how each area makes you feel. Aim for each picture to inspire you and give you positive emotions. Each picture of the Grid vision board may be aspirational or it may look like what you already have. Either way is fine.
Now it’s time to ensure that all four pictures support one other. Stand back and if you have not done so already, bring all four visions together into one large canvas. Step back and take in your complete Grid vision board as if it was a true work of art and someone else made it.
- What do you see?
- Are the four Grid domains compatible with each other?
- What sort of person emerges from this vision board?
After you answer these questions, make any changes you need to get the vision board the way you want it.
Remember, this is your creation. It should be a masterpiece you are incredibly proud of.
Have fun with this process!
It’s a great adventure to discover how you’d construct your life if you were starting from scratch.
I recommend you write a date on your vision board and cherish yourself and what you’ve created.
In creating this piece of art, you have stepped into being an artist of your life. If you take this attitude with you into each day, chances are you will indeed be living your best, most authentic self.
Ways to make your vision board support your actions
The reason why vision boards work so well is that they tap into the power of our visual system. A great deal of the brain’s real estate is devoted to processing visional information.
Have you ever wondered why platforms such as Instagram or Pinterest attract millions of viewers and browsing them builds our imaginations? Or why advertisers spend so much time and money choosing images to tempt us with specific products and services? Images elicit emotions. They make us react.
The same is true of your Grid vision board.
Keep the final product as visible as possible.
Each day you look at it your mind will be connecting with what you want and helping you act in line with your desire.
Some of the vision boards I have built with my clients can be the size of a small bedroom and we have had to use ladders and flying gadgets to photograph them. If this is the case, printing your vision board as a poster or picture will achieve the same result. The key is a regular visual reference to help keep focus.
Sometimes its great to have some help…
For more help to either build or help you manifest your best life feel free to get in touch.
Having a coach helps us
- understand and appreciate ourselves in the process of life far better,
- keeps us accountable
- helps us feel witnessed.
A coach will be invested in your success while at the same they will have suffiient distance to help you stay objective and self-compassionate. This helps you balance the needs of your heart and mind.
As with all adventures and travel, having a helpful guide is massively enriching.
Continue to the next step and learn to use your Grid Vision Board to support progress
Now that you have your Grid Vision Board to hand, learn how to use it to support your progress in Part 3 of this article series.