What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is a powerful visualization tool which refers to a board used to build a collage of words and pictures that represent all of your exciting goals and dreams for the future. It is considered as being one of the most powerful and empowering exercises that you can practice to help you achieve your goals.
The concept of visualization is not something new, in fact, people have been using the power of visualization for centuries in order to enhance different areas their lives.
What are the benefits of using a Vision Board?
The main objective for creating a vision board is to bring everything that you put on it to life. Therefore, you should pay special attention to your career, relationships, health and personal goals when creating your vision board. By remembering to look at your goals on your vision board on a daily basis and imagining them as if they have already come true is one of the best ways to activate The Law of Attraction.
How to create a vision board?
Anyone can easily create a vision board at home. You just need to get yourself a board, a pair of scissors and a glue stick. You can easily purchase a poster board or a cork board, scissors and glue stick from your nearest hardware or stationary store. It is also a good idea to purchase some stickers and colored markers in order to decorate your vision board. Additionally, you should find a couple of glossy magazines to cut out images of your exciting goals and dreams and really bring your vision board to life.
The steps to create your vision board
1. The first step of creating your vision board is to take some time to reflect on your personal goals and dreams that you have of the future. Once you have these exciting goals written down, you can then proceed to the next step, which is about creating your vision board.
2. If you have any big goals written down, it is a good idea to break them down into smaller short term goals. For example, you can define your career goals, hobbies, activities, relationship goals, educational goals and travel goals. Then you can then easily set the appropriate paths to follow in order to reach each goal.
3. To create a physical vision board, you should start collecting inspirational images for it. Use photographs, magazine cutouts and images from the Internet. Be creative, have fun and use whatever images that will inspire you.
4. After collecting the best images of your goals, you should also start collecting some powerful inspirational quotes and affirmations for your vision board. Plenty of wonderful affirmations and inspiring sayings can be found in books and on the internet, these powerful words can be used to really bring to life your vision board. Take the time to create a list of words that will describe how you want to feel in the future. You can either search for these words in magazines or books or write them yourself. Then add them to your vision board in a visually attractive way.
5. Now we come to the final step, which is about putting your vision board together. When you are pasting the images and words that you have selected onto your vision board, you need to be as creative as possible. You can experiment with a few different designs and go for the most appealing layout for you. It is a great idea to include a photo in the center of your vision board. This could be a really nice photo of yourself or that of your main goal for the future. Once you have everything in place, you can simply secure them with the glue stick. Be careful to leave enough space between each image and text to avoid any clutter.
What you should keep in mind when creating your vision board?
Creating a vision board should be done in a peaceful and calm environment. Turn off the television and turn on some nice relaxing music. Once you create the perfect environment, you can simply put all of the pieces together and create your own powerful vision board.
To get the full benefit from your vision board, it is important that you place it somewhere that you will see it every day. I recommend that you take a few minutes to look at your vision board at least once or twice a day. I like to review my vision board first in the morning so that my goals are clear in my mind before I start the day. I also like to review it every night before I go to sleep, this is great way of training my sub-conscious mind to come up with ideas and ways while I am sleeping on how I will achieve my goals. When I review my vision board at night, I usually wake up in the morning full of positivity – and I am usually more likely to notice and act on any opportunity that will bring me closer to achieve my goals.
By adding this powerful visualization practice to your daily routine, you will naturally become more motivated and inspired to achieve all of your exciting goals for the future. You will start to notice that you subconsciously do things that will move you closer to your ideal life. You might find yourself volunteering to take on extra responsibilities at work and taking more positive action in both your personal and professional life.
As some time goes by, and you begin to achieve some of your exciting goals and dreams, look at those images that represent your achievements, and feel gratitude for how well the Law of Attraction is working for you. Don’t remove any pictures or images that represent the goals that you have already achieved. The achievement of any goals on your vision board are powerful visual reminders of what you have already consciously and deliberately attracted into your life.They will also act as powerful reminders of what you are capable of.
Read this article about power of The Law of Attraction.
How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory
When you are trying to improve your overall well-being, it is just as important to focus on your mental fitness as well as your physical fitness. Most people have heard of aerobics. Aerobic exercise is a great way to boost your heart rate and burn a few extra calories while improving your heart health. But, have you ever heard of Neurobics? Neurobics is the science behind brain exercise.
Yes, you can exercise your mind and keep it just as fit as your body. But, it is not like your brain is going to do any jumping jacks or jogging any time soon, right? So, what can you do to keep it fit, and how does exercising your brain actually improve your memory?
Let’s dive a little deeper into how Neurobics actually works, and a few exercises you can try to boost your memory and overall brain health.
What Is Neurobics?
When you break Neurobics down, it stands for neurons + aerobics. Neurobic exercises increase the level of oxygen in your brain and “breathe life” into the neurons.
When those neurons are stronger and more stimulated, it improves your brain health – especially your memory. A good way to visualize how Neurobics actually helps is by picturing a piece of glass being blown into a decorative item. The glass maker has to stretch the piece when it is warm and malleable. But, once it is stretched out, it doesn’t spring back to where was before. It stays permanently in place.
Neurobics work the same way. By taking part in an activity or experience that taxes your brain, you are “stretching” the neurons. Once they are stretched, they don’t return to the shape that they were in before.
That is the point of Neurobics – to challenge your mind in different ways so that it gets stronger. If you are working out your body, doing the exact same exercise the same way each day, it would eventually cause your results to plateau. You have to switch things up to “confuse” your muscles and get them stronger. Working out your brain is just the same. With that in mind, let’s cover a few easy Neurobics exercises that you can start doing right away.
Change Your Habits
One of the easiest (and yet, most challenging) ways to get started with Neurobics is to step out of your daily comfort zone. Some habits can already be detrimental to your memory, and cutting them out of your life will make a difference.
When you stop old habits, you are actually using Neurobics to challenge your brain into different thinking patterns. Some ideas to consider include:
- Giving up (or at least cutting down) on television
- Quitting smoking/drinking alcohol
- Changing your eating habits
- Exercising more
When you stop doing some of the things that you have grown comfortable with, you require your brain to stretch, adapt and change. As a result, you will start thinking clearer, become more focused, and remember more things.
Do Something Different
Some Neurobic exercises are things that you can do in just a few minutes each day – the equivalent of doing 50 jumping jacks in a five-minute work break. Things like solving a crossword puzzle, writing in a journal or giving yourself a High Five in a mirror can all fire up the neurons in your brain. Even yoga and/or meditation can force you to push away the “cluttered” thoughts that are in your head and require you to focus on one particular thing.
The places you go and the experiences that you jump into can be considered as Neurobic activities. Anything that challenges your mind and causes you to think differently about something is a great way to stretch your brain.
These could include going to a museum, a zoo, a musical performance, or even different cultural festivals. Allowing yourself to be open to new ideas and experiences is one of the best ways to exercise your brain and improve your memory.
Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do.”
While one of the biggest benefits of Neurobics is improved memory, it is certainly not the only “perk” to this type of mental exercising. Neurobics can also help you to face your fears, live without regrets, and experience a fuller, more meaningful life.
They can give you the courage to take more chances and experience the rewards. They can turn you into a better leader. Most importantly, Neurobics can inspire you by changing the way you see the world around you.
If you are already passionate about your physical health, it could be time to start thinking about your mental fitness, too! Whether you want to improve your memory as you get older or just want to keep your mind as sharp as possible now, trying Neurobics is a great way to “stay in great mental shape”.
Use some of the exercises listed here to get started. You might be surprised by just how quickly your focus and memory will start to improve.
8 Great Ways To Reward Your Employees
Employee engagement is more than a current trend – it is something that more businesses across the globe are starting to value for plenty of good reasons. When employees feel happy and appreciated, they are more likely to be productive and loyal to your company.
While basic benefits packages are still important, it is now more important than ever to go above and beyond for the people working for you. Not only can great rewards help you to hire the best talent, but they will also make your business environment a positive one where people will actually enjoy coming to work and do their best.
The great part about rewarding your employees is that you can let your creativity shine. Think about practical, functional rewards that your employees will actually use and appreciate. Then, don’t be afraid to have some fun with your ideas.
Feeling stuck? Not sure where to get started? Let’s cover some great ways to reward your employees.
1. Make Your Gratitude Public
Sometimes, the simplest gestures can make the biggest difference. If you really want your employees to feel good, make sure everyone knows how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication.
So, thank them publicly. The next time you have a company meeting or public event, carve out some time to thank people individually. Giving them a few moments of attention in a public setting is a great way to show them how much that you appreciate them. After all, who doesn’t like to be complimented?
2. Give Time Off
A reward doesn’t have to be something tangible to be valuable. If your employees have been working hard, reward them with some extra time off. It could be a long weekend, a surprise vacation, or even just an afternoon off on a random Tuesday.
If you do decide to reward them with some free time, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate the work that they have been doing. That appreciation, along with getting a break from work, can help them to feel more motivated and productive when they return.
3. The Little Things Count
You don’t need to go overboard with flashy, expensive rewards. Sometimes, it’s the little things that mean the most. Plus, you will be able to give them more frequently.
Hand out things like gift cards to local coffee shops or movie theaters, or give them something practical like a travel mug or ergonomic desk chair. Small gestures can really mean a lot and your employees will remember and appreciate the gesture.
4. Build Community Through Food
Everyone has to eat, but not everyone likes spending money on their lunch or bringing a regular sandwich from home.
One of the easiest ways to reward your employees is to have lunch catered in as often as possible. Not only does it show them how much you appreciate their work, but when everyone eats lunch together, it will build a more positive work environment. Your business benefits all around.
You can take things one step further by making your catered lunches a scheduled event, whether you do it once a week, once a month, etc. It gives people something to look forward to and serves as a constant reminder of your appreciation.
5. Subscription Services
Subscription services have become more popular than ever in recent years. They really grew during the pandemic, when most people started spending more time at home.
Consider signing your employees up for a subscription service you think they would enjoy. Perhaps give them a list of magazines that they can choose from and give them a years subscription for a job well done.
6. Schedule Company-wide Activities
Host company parties, picnics, and other fun events as often as possible. Everyone deserves to have fun after working hard, and it is another great opportunity for your employees to get closer, a build a better bond. Company activities can also help to prevent burnout in the workplace.
Make sure to include certain events that can include employees’ family members so everyone can join in the fun and your workers don’t have to be away from their loved ones. Family picnics, movie nights, bowling tournaments, or even a catered dinner are all great ways to make sure everyone is involved.
7. Extra Responsibility
While more responsibilities might not seem like a “reward” at first, it is how you present it to an employee that makes a difference.
When you sit down to talk to an employee about increasing their responsibilities, make sure they know why. Talk about how much you trust them and their ability to make decisions on their own. Let them know their value as a part of the company, and you take their career goals as seriously as they do.
8. Give Them A High Five
Giving someone a high five should not be confined just to sports. You have probably seen the viral videos of a teacher giving their students a high five as they enter the classroom. You can feel the positivity, genuine excitement and the wonderful energy from these videos. Research has shown that the biggest difference in whether or not someone will enjoy their job and be more productive, is not the amount of vacation time or their salary package. It is when someone has a manager who cares, appreciates and trusts them and makes them feel that they matter. The next time someone hits a target, makes a sale or gives great customer service why not give them a well deserved high five and see how it makes them feel.
While your employees might not regularly expect rewards, that is half the fun of giving them. Boosting morale, no matter how big or small your business might be, will make a big difference in how productive your workers are. It will shape the environment of your entire company, and the best part? It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to reward people for a job well done. Get creative, get personal, and find unique ways to show your employees how much you appreciate them.