A Vision Board Is Not An Eye Chart

January 12, 2010
 
Most people sit down every New Year and write down a list of their resolutions.
  •  Lose Weight
  • Make More Money
  • Spend more time with…family, spouse, kids
  • Yadda, Yadda, Yadda

The list is posted somewhere visible (or left in a drawer) and is promptly forgotten about 10 days after the New Year. Determining a path, setting goals and reaching them was always a 50/50 chance based on motivation, planning and execution. Following a “list” isn’t very easy or motivating- visualizing a dream is much easier and a heck of a lot more fun!         

ENTER THE VISION BOARD!          

Example of a Vision Board from Rebekah Simpson Life Coach

Example of a Vision Board from Rebekah Simpson Life Coach

  

Made famous during the Secret and discussed on many blogs, it is a planning tool that is based on turning a “dream into a vision and then into reality”.  A vision board was once a poster board where you paste a collage of images that are cut out from various magazines.  The concept behind the images is subconscious visualization. You surround yourself with meaningful images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation. Then your subconscious takes a cue from the images and attracts changes in your life to match those images and desires. In other terms, it is known as the Law of Attraction.          

The SelfGrowth.com website has the best explanation of the Law of Attraction:          

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION          

 What exactly is the law of attraction? The law of attraction states that we attract into our lives anything that we give attention to, regardless whether it be positive or negative.[2] From a psychological view, the law of attraction can be best explained by the information filtering system of the brain known as the reticular activating system (RAS). Vision boards serve the role of programming the RAS to tune into external stimuli that can help us move closer towards our intentions.          

At the base of the human brain stem, in between the medulla oblongata and the mesencephalon, there is a small finger-sized control center called the reticular activating system (RAS) that sorts and evaluates incoming data.[3] Your RAS is responsible for filtering all the incoming information that your brain receives and it also acts as receiver for information that is tagged as important.          

A simple way to conceptualize the RAS is to think of it like a radio. You are surrounded by radio waves from various stations and your portable radio can pick up those channels, but only one at a time. You have to tune your radio to a specific frequency of your favorite radio station in order to receive it properly. Your RAS is not much different in this regard. Imagine you are in a meeting room talking to several people and out in the distant corner of the room you hear your name. All your focus gets diverted in the direction that you heard your name because that bit of information is tagged by the RAS as important to you. Your RAS is responsible for having the ability to sleep through the noise of traffic outside your room, but waking up suddenly at the smallest cry from your infant child. Another example of the RAS at work is when you go and buy a brand new car and then suddenly you notice many more people around your city have that exact same car.          

According to Hans Morvec, the principal research scientist at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, the human brain can handle up to 100 trillion bits of information at any given time.[4] With all that information coming in, how does your RAS know what to filter? Your RAS is naturally programmed to prioritize information that is necessary for survival, like listening for a the particular sound of an oncoming vehicle when walking close to a street. The RAS can’t distinguish between a real event and a contrived reality, however, and we can exploit this weakness to program it to seek out stimuli in our environment that resonate with our goals. The process of creating a vision board is one of the best ways to program the RAS. It programs the RAS to pay attention to certain things in your environment that are in frequency with your goal or vision, in much the same way as you are able to pick up your name being mentioned in a conversation on the other side of a room while talking to others. This selective attention filter makes you aware of daily things that can help you achieve your goal and it’s your job to take action on those opportunities when they present themselves.          

One way to get this attention filter focused is to “tune it into” what you want to happen in your life. The best tool for this is the Vision Board. Even if you don’t believe in the Law Of Attraction, visually representing your goals and owning them emotionally is the first step to achieving success. A vision board can help you in so many ways…          

COMPONENTS OF A VISION BOARD          

SelfGrowth.com states that your vision board should have the following components to get the best results:          

Visual. Your subconscious mind works in pictures and images, so make your vision board as visual as possible with as many pictures as you can. You can supplement your pictures with words and phrases to increase the emotional response you get from it.          

 Emotional. Each picture on your vision board should evoke a positive emotional response from you. The mere sight of your vision board should make you happy and fuel your passion to achieve it every time you look at it.          

Strategically-placed. Your vision board should be strategically placed in a location that gives you maximum exposure to it. You need to constantly bath your subconscious mind with it’s energy in order to manifest your desires quicker than you hope.          

Personal. Negative feelings, self-doubt, and criticism can damage the delicate energy that your vision board emits. If you fear criticism or justification of your vision board from others, then place it in a private location so it can only be seen by yourself.
Source: SelfGrowth.com          

HOW TO MAKE A VISION BOARD          

There are a lot off great blogs that tell you exactly how to make a vision board the old fashioned way:          

SelfGrowth.com          

ChristineKane.com          

Oprah’s Fans Discuss What is On Their Vision Boards          

John Assaraf Vision Board Examples and Free Online Tools          

Another way to make your own vision board which can help you micro-focus on what you want is to use online images. If you are really specific on your vision board, the more likely you are to achieve exactly what it is that you are looking for.          

When you search for images, you have to be really specific. If you go to Google Images (http://images.google.com) and you type in house- you get 541,000,000 results, with all kinds of homes from all over the world. However, if you type in New England beach house- you 1/8 the responses and much better pictures that represent your search.            

Try these image sites to get the best photos for your Vision Board:          

Google Images or  Dreamstime  or try Flickr or other online photo sharing sites to get ideas.          

For less than $1, you can get some exceptional photos from iStockphoto.com and BigStockPhoto.com. Go with the smallest size, as you don’t need anything too big for your board.          

When you download your images, put them in folders: vacation home, job, family, car, etc. Then you can pick and choose the best images in an orgainzed fashion.          

There are several ways you can make your board using online images:  
  • Print the images and glue them on a poster (as the links above explain)
  • Use a word processing program (like Microsoft Word, Powerpoint)
  • Use a photo creator, like Adobe Photo elements
  • Start your own free blog and post your images there!

VISION BOARD CREATION SITE  There is also an online product that we love- and use for our own planning VisionBoardSite.com.          

 The Vision Board Site offers the only online complete tool to create, track & share your Vision Board!          

You Receive: • Private Online Workspace • A Step-by-Step Guide • A Library of Impacting Images • Empowering Affirmations, • Supercharged Music • Progress Tracking Tools • 5 “mini-show” vision boards, & much more!! Just Point & Click, it’s so easy…no software to download!
 

VisionBoardsite.com uses ground breaking brain research, vital keys & concrete action plans PROVEN to WORK! Vision Boards are recommended by life coaches, trainers & scientists as the most effective techniques to turn your goals & dreams into reality!
 
Visit the motivational Vision Zone: popular blogs, current events, vision library & more! Look for Live Casts featuring well-known speakers!         

SHARE YOUR BOARD CONTEST          

If you have a great board that you wish to share with others, send it to StoreSupport@MyNutritionStore.com and we’ll post it on this blog!          

The best vision board sent in will get $50 of MyNutritionStore.com Products absolutely free! (You must agree to share your first name, last inital and vision board on MyNutritionStore.com and the MNSHealthTips blog).

Getting Listed on Google and Yahoo Local Listings

December 9, 2009

Millions of people search for local results on Google, Yahoo and Bing every day. A free listing on all the search engines makes it easy for customers to find you.

Each search engine has a special Local Business Center to create your free listing. When potential customers search Maps for local information, they’ll find your business: your address, hours of operation, even photos of your storefront or products. It’s easy, free, and you don’t need a website of your own. We have made a simple PDF file with directions for Google and Yahoo: Help customers find you on Google Maps 

Check out this video regarding Google Local Business Center:

We recommend that you use a google account, so you can access all their business tools. If you don’t have one, you can get one for free. Sign up at the Google Local Business Center

Some people discount the power of Yahoo and other search engines like Bing. We recommend that you get listed on as many search engines as possible for the greatest visibility. Typically, 1/2 to 2/3 traffic may come from Google, but where is the other 1/2 coming from? Other search engines. Again, we recommend that you use a yahoo account, so you can access all their business tools. If you don’t have one, you can get one for free. Get listed on Yahoo now.

We also found this article on SmallBizTrends, here is an excerpt:

To list your local business in Bing, head to the Bing Local Listing Center. From there, you’ll be able to check to see if you already have a local listing set up. If you do, you can modify it. If not, now’s the perfect time to create one.

Once you start creating/modifying your account. Bing will ask you to log in using your Windows ID. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to create one. From there, you’ll be asked to enter in your contact and business information, as well as a laundry list of supplemental information like additional phone numbers, Web pages, email address, hours of operation, payment methods, photos, etc. There’s also a long section for additional information like your company tagline, business description, brands carried (if applicable), specialties, affiliations, languages spoken, parking options, etc. It’s always in your best interest to create as complete a profile as you can.

From there, you can select up to six prioritized categories to place your business in based on associated keywords. You’ll also be able to supply information about features, cuisine type, prices, atmosphere, etc. Make sure you fill these out the best you can so that you can take advantage of Bing’s great local search refinement options. If you list it as an option, you won’t show up for it when a user looks for it!

Twitter Marketing- Shredding Tweet

November 21, 2009

If you’re not using Twitter yet, you are missing out on a vast universe of marketing potential. Just in case you don’t have the inside scoop on Twitter, it is an online service that enables you to broadcast 140 character short messages to your friends or “followers.” It also lets you specify which Twitter users you want to follow so you can read their messages in one place. Twitter is designed to work on a PC,  mobile phone and on various social media interfaces.

Don’t forget to check out the Social Media Twitter guide in your back office, under Build Your Business.

How to Get Started

Go to Twitter.com and click “Sign Up Now.” For best results, use your real name or business name when signing up; otherwise your friends won’t be able to find you easily. It’s also helpful to upload a picture. If you select the “Protect my updates” box, people won’t be able to read your Twitters unless you authorize them. You’ll have more success getting followers if you leave this box unchecked. Just be sure not to Twitter, “My Front Door Lock is broken, please send help to 123 Elm Street”

Check out this tutorial on Setting up a Twitter Account and finding people to follow:

Now that you have a Twitter account, tell your friends your username or send them the link to your Twitter page. Each user has their own page, in the form twitter.com/username.

Hook up your mobile phone and IM account

The Twitter network works for you even if you’re not at your computer or browsing the Web. Once you are registered, you can connect your mobile phone and instant messenger account.

Go to Settings > Phone and IM. Connecting your phone and IM programs to your Twitter account is a straightforward process. Note that messages you view on a phone or an IM program also are readable on your personal Twitter Web page. You can make Twitter send you a message every time a user who you are following has posted a Twitter message. This can be fun, but it will drive you crazy if you are following a lot of people.

If you don’t want to be barraged by a stream of random messages but still want friends to be able to reach you, select “Direct Message.” Then when other users send a message to you and you alone, you’ll be alerted on your phone or IM account. Otherwise, you won’t get an alert.

From a mobile phone, send an SMS message to 40404. Your phone’s caller ID is attached to your Twitter account, so the system will know it’s from you.

Following and Finding Friends

To add a friend, first be sure you are logged into your account. Then go to their Twitter page and press the “Add” link in the “Actions” box. To find a user page, use the search box on your own Twitter page. Once you click “Add,” you’ll start to see his or her Tweets on your page if his or her account is set for public access. If the account is private, the system will send a “friend” request that must be approved before you start to see updates.

You also can see who your friends are following by hovering your mouse pointer over the pictures in the sidebar on your friends’ pages. Those pictures are of their friends–the users they are following. If you click on one of those pictures, you’ll go to that user’s page, where you can add him or her, too. You can see all the Tweets from any person’s friends by clicking the “With Friends” tab above his or her message window. Or you can turn that off and see only his or her Tweets by clicking the obliquely named “Previous” tab.

On the phone or IM: send the command follow username to register your phone or IM account to receive public Tweets from a user. You also can invite people based on a phone number: SMS add phone number to 40404, and you’ll start following the user at that number; if the person at that number isn’t a Twitter user, he or she will get an invitation to join. Managing your friends is much easier by using a full Web browser, but you can do everything on a mobile phone if you wish.

Turning off Twitter

Twitter messages may drive you insane. If you want to turn them off, here’s how: send the command Off, Sleep, or Stop to Twitter. To turn it back on, send On, Wake, or Start. If you’re sick of Twitter on the PC, just avoid the Web site! In a Web browser, in your settings page, you also can define a period of time during which Twitter will not bother you by phone or IM. This is useful if you ever want to sleep.

Advanced Features

You can apply your own design to your Twitter home page: it’s fairly straightforward. Our advice is to avoid using the “tile” option for your background image.

Twitter also can be used via third-party programs that run on your desktop or in your widget/gadget engine. For example, we use TweetDeck – http://www.tweetdeck.com.  This is a piece of software that you run on your desktop. You can post tweets from it, respond to replies from others and set up various searches and get updates in real-time when someone tweets on a subject of phrase you are following.

You can also hookup your Facebook account to your twitter account by logging into Facebook and looking for the “send updates to my Twitter account link”. Depending on which page you are on in Facebook, this link is either on the top or left side.

Useful Links;

Twitter for Newbies

What You Should Tweet About

Twitter Mobile Phone FAQ

Sources:
CNet
Twitter

Face To Face Selling- Getting To Yes

November 13, 2009

What is the goal? Promoting Health And Wellness!

Many of you have questions on how to get started with selling, or haven’t been successful selling to this point. Each week we will provide you with tips, tricks and training for marketing your store- both in person and on the Internet.

Getting Started – Selling Supplements Face to Face

1. Understand What You Are Selling- become familiarized with your products.

  • Sign up for the FREE  eEarning training program. Each module is based on a health related topic, which discusses the supplements that are best for that health concern. 
  • Each Module as 3 sales tips that you can use with your customer.
  • You get 5 FREE products when you graduate.

2. Develop your approach to building value to your clients and customers by describing what the products are and how they will benefit them.

  • Watch the training videos we post on this blog, they are basic sales videos that will help you understand from industry professionals on how to sell!
  • Use the marketing materials available in your back office; customize them to your own preferences. 
  • As you work through the training, develop your own system of presenting products to your clients and customer.  Practices explaining how supplements can complement the services you are providing or how supplements will benefit their health. 
  • Selling is all about explaining the benefits. Get your clients and customers to understand how the products will benefit them, based on their personal needs (personalize your approach to each customer, based on what they need, not what you think they need). Not sure how to find out what most benefit’s the customer? Ask them…
  • Can you tell me what your health / fitness goals are?
  • What supplements are you taking now? Why? (then fill in the gaps, explain the benefits of MNS products)
  •  Use the 3 sales tips from each product (see eEarning) to explain the benefits of the product. Use the customer’s words as you explain.

The customer says- I need to lose weight, and you are telling me to eat 5 mini- meals a day! I don’t have time!
You say- Eating 5 mini-meals a day can be challenging, especially if you don’t have time to prepare them. A time-saving trick I recommend is the 80 Calorie Whey Natural Vanilla Shakes. You can put the powder in a shaker and leave it in your desk or workout bag. Then just add 8 oz of cold water/milk when you are ready for your mini-meal. You get plenty of protein in your shake and it is super simple!

3. Get over the “sales” stigma

  • Everyone is afraid of coming across as a cheesy sales person. No one likes to admit they are selling something- for fear that people will think they are “sneaky” or “trying to make money off them”.
  • Your clients look to you as their “trusted advisor” in health, fitness and wellness. They seek your guidance in reaching their goals- and also what supplements will help them achieve their goals more quickly.
  • RIGHT NOW your clients are most likely already taking supplements. Over 60% of all Americans are currently taking a vitamin or supplement.  Over 70% have taken at least one supplement in the past year.
  • At the very minimum you should be asking all your customer’s what supplements they are taking, and advise them based on their fitness goals. Use this time to discuss the benefits of MNS supplements. It is important to make sure they are properly informed about supplementation, instead of relying on the often mis-guided information the media provides.
  • Remember if they don’t hear a recommendation from you, they will still probably buy a supplement at the supermarket or retail outlet.
  • It is okay to sell supplements; your clients are looking for recommendations! If you don’t recommend something, they may buy some sugary, low value protein shake.

4.  Get the customer accustomed to saying yes in your conversation and assume you have already made the sale.  Watch a Getting To Yes Video (it is a little low quality, but it explains the concept well).

  • Start by asking “Yes” questions when you talk to them- this is good to get feedback for your services AND it helps you get to YES!
    Are you ready to work out today?
    Are you enjoying your sessions with me?
    Are you seeing results?
    Isn’t the weather great today?
    Ask any question- just get them used to saying YES!
  • Ask them their personal goals about health or weight loss
  • Pay Attention- you need to personalize your benefits speech based on what they are telling you.
  • Ask them if they have ever taken any supplements.
  • Using their personal goals statements and explain how the MNS products will benefit them.
    You said you wanted to lose weight and you have a hard time in the afternoons because you get hungry. Did you know that Omega-3 Fatty Acids help regulate blood sugar and reduce sugar spikes/crashes? Then talk to them about Omega Science and explain 3 benefits for them based on their personal goals.
  • Once you have discussed the personalized benefits of MNS products, ask them directly-
    Would you like to get started with product XYZ today?
    You can choose either a nutri-kit or individual product, which one would you like me to order for you?
  • People love a deal. Tell them they save money by ordering Nutri-kits or products in bulk. With our new Xtreme Weight Loss Monthly Membership Program, they get monthly shipments, free products, etools and coupons to use to try other products.

Clients and customers can sense if you aren’t confident in any recommendations. If you say, “I think this exercise will work for you”, they will sense your lack of confidence and question you.

You are confident in your fitness recommendations because you believe they will benefit your client. You have to develop that same self-confident muscle in recommending supplements. Remember, you are doing this for their health and wellness goals. Take charge and ask for the sale!