How to ask your boss for a raise 0 70160

In most companies out there today, there are measures that have been put in place to ensure that employees get promotions and, subsequently, a pay increase. But in the rest of the world we aren’t so lucky. For you to get a pay increase you have to get it done the old-fashioned way; asking your boss for a raise. Upon initial thought, most might think it’s a bad idea. Asking for a pay increase does seem suicidal in the employment front, but it doesn’t have to be. Surely not all bosses are like that but regardless of their temperament they might think the idea ridiculous unless it is supported with a long list of requirements to cushion the request.

In this world we live in, there is no way that someone who doesn’t trust you or particularly like you will choose to favor you or give you what you want. It doesn’t just work that way. It’s simply the order of things and as such your boss needs to like you, trust you and your abilities, and think you deserve a raise before he/she will actually give it to you. Asking him or her after all these boxes have been checked is going to be a breeze, a mere formality. Here are a couple of tips that will help convince your boss to say yes when you ask him or her for a raise.

Put in the time

Your boss won’t just sign off on a salary increase if he or she feels like you are not devoted and consistent. Consistency is very important in the workplace. It shows devotion and dedication to a universal goal. When you come to work on time and clock out at the very last minute your boss will see things differently. He or she will begin to think you are a hard worker and you are a step closer to getting a yes when you ask for a raise.

Increase your productivity

Staying late is but one part of the entire equation. You need to not only put in the time, but the work as well. There needs to be a distinguishable difference in the quality of your work. This will convey that you are as dedicated as you are productive. You don’t have to outshine everyone on your team, you just need to make sure that the boss knows that you provide better results than other teammates. This will make you look industrious and dedicated.

Always help everyone you can

This is a very important step in the plan. When you help your fellow workers and employees out constantly it makes you seem like you care. And this acknowledgement will help your crusade. Make sure you don’t leave the very boss you are trying to impress out. You must make it a point to help your boss when he or she needs it. You could help him/her with the financial books or help with his/her kid. Anything to ensure that the boss understands your importance.

Be a problem solver

This is usually the trump card in this endeavor. This is an instance where you come to the aid of the company you work at. There is always bound to be some form of crises sooner or later when you work at an organization. It’s simply a norm at every institution. When these problems arise and they seem like they might be more complicated and challenging than most anticipated, it’s your chance to dig deep and try to solve the problem for everyone. It’s not a do-or-die situation, but getting a raise is all about scoring points with the boss (over time) and the best way to do that is defusing a bomb that threatens the entire workplace.

Getting a raise without getting a foot in with the boss is extremely difficult. Like any reasonable person, they need to make sure that you deserve the extra sum of money that you are requesting. They can’t simply give out raises without being confident in the recipient’s ability. This is where checking all the boxes comes full circle. If you are a great employee that helps when crises strike, you will definitely be on the boss’s list.

Checking all these boxes will ensure that your request is seen as important and placed above everyone else because you have proved that you are an important part of the team and you deserve a raise. After fulfilling some or all tasks on this list asking your boss for a raise could get you a sure yes. However, it’s important to note that fulfilling this long list is not an assurance that your request will go through. There could be extenuating circumstances that could prevent the boss on signing off on your requests. Circumstances like budget cuts or seniority, etc.

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5 Yoga moves to add to your daily stretching today 0 53353

Introduction

It’s no surprise that the practice of yoga has grown in popularity over the last couple of decades. It has several benefits like core strengthening and improved flexibility. However, yoga has several poses and positions that can get a little confusing when choosing what poses to do to achieve your goals. Whether you are just starting out, or are looking to raise the bar during your yoga, this is the post for you.

A brief history on the origin of yoga

Modern yoga as we know it is a combination of different poses and forms, evolved over centuries and modified by different practitioners. Take the first ever recorded instance of yoga, which dates as far back as the 2nd century which, although it was not clearly described as yoga, involved a sitting posture described to require a steady form and comfort. The form was assumed for meditation, not unlike what we have today. In about the 11th century, there was a description of a non-seated pose in which the practitioner balances on the hands. As the centuries passed, yoga became more evolved, and more adapted to modern cultures like ours.

Simple forms

Even though yoga has changed over the years, there are simple poses that have remained relatively constant through the ages, retaining their simplicity and form.

Here are 5 of those simple forms that can be incorporated into your daily routine

  1. Lotus Position: The lotus is one of the most fundamental positions in yoga, with a long history like we discussed. The lotus has a special position among all the stretches and positions not just because it is the oldest, but also because it is key to meditation, which is a big part of yoga.

To enter the sitting position:

  • Sit on the mat with your legs and your back straight
  • Fold your legs so that your feet now rest under your thigh as you relax and let your feet rest comfortably on the floor.
  1. Cow position: The cow position is also a relatively easy position to attain. It is especially good for stretching and relaxing the back muscles as it involves stretching the vertebrae (back bone) and the spinal muscles.

To perform the cow position,

  • Start by kneeling on all fours (hands directly beneath shoulders, and knees directly beneath the hips)
  • Breath in and turn your head upwards as if to look at the ceiling, forming an upward facing curve with your back (the hollow facing upwards)
  • Breath out and return to the neutral position
  • Repeat as necessary
  1. Child Position: The child pose is different from the cow position, only because it stretches the back in the opposite direction, as well as the neck, arms, and legs. It also tones and strengthens the core muscles, giving a mild general body stretch. The child pose is especially good in situations where you don’t have a lot of time during the session. It is a great pose for stretching a lot of areas at once.

To enter the child position:

  • Kneel on all fours like in the cow position
  • Lower your hips so your thighs touch your calves
  • Lean forward, and extend your arms so your elbow and hands touch the mat
  • Maintain the position for the desired length of time
  • Repeat
  1. Bridge pose: So named because of the way the body resembles a bridge when done correctly. The bridge position can be considered the opposite of the child’s pose because here, the back is active and extended, with the hips and knees flexed and bearing most of the body’s weight. The bridge is good for stretching the abdominal muscles and the thighs.

To enter the bridge position:

  • Lie flat on your back and bend your knees
  • With your bent knees, elevate your body so your buttocks and lower back lift off the mat
  • Bring your arms forward so they are positioned directly beneath your body
  • Be sure to keep your upper back and head on the mat during the pose
  • Hold for as long as necessary and repeat as desired
  • Repeat
  1. Locust Position: The locust position is an intermediate level position, because of the core strength it requires to execute. It is very similar to the “superman” in resistance training. While the superman is for strength building, the locust is for stretching and relaxation. It concentrates on the arms, legs and upper back.

To enter the locust position:

  • Lie on your chest with your arms and legs stretched out on the mat
  • Lift your legs from the hip off the mat, while simultaneously lifting your head, arms, and upper chest
  • Maintain the position for the desired length of time
  • Repeat

Incorporate these stretches and positions into your daily routine to increase strength, flexibility, and improve inner-peace. Let us know what you think!

New year resolutions that work 0 69467

For most people, new year resolutions are like second chances: A second chance at being a better you; a second chance at getting another year right; a second chance at your goals and dreams. The feeling you get from making brand new decisions in the new year is almost a high, making you feel empowered. But with a success rate of less than 20%, most new year resolutions don’t make it to February, which can leave us feeling insufficient and undisciplined. However, there are ways to make and achieve new year resolutions and that’s what this post is all about.

Most new year resolutions are made half-heartedly. We cross our fingers, close our eyes, and say the resolution in our minds with wishful optimism as we blow out birthday candles. As a result, the resolution disappears into thin air like candle smoke, listless and without energy. Resolutions never happen that way. But to be fair, the intention and energy that follows a new year resolution is dependent on why the resolution is being made in the first place. People make new year resolutions for more reasons than are immediately obvious. Sometimes we make resolutions because we actually want to make a change. But other times, it is not so simple. Other times, we make resolutions because it is simple. Sometimes, we make resolutions because it would be weird if we didn’t. And sometimes, our resolutions are simply an avenue for us to get out of doing things that we know we ought to do. And because resolutions rarely work, we can simply blame our failure on the resolution’s inconsistency.

Making and acting on new year resolutions involves more than just wishing they were true. It requires a certain stick-to-it-tiveness that most people are not prepared for when they make the resolutions. Fortunately, there are simple steps that can bring us that much closer to achieving our new year resolutions.

  1. Set resolutions that you actually want to achieve: The most  important thing when setting a new year resolution is to only set resolutions that you want to achieve. The chances of achieving new year resolutions that you do not really want are slim to none. And, as we know, things don’t just happen because we wish them to. Hitting your new year goals begins with wanting it.
  2. Set realistic and achievable resolutions: The very nature of resolutions are that they are things that see yourself doing. A resolution of a big-boned individual to be as ripped as Dwayne Johnson is simply unachievable. It is more realistic to set a particular amount of weight you want to lose.
  3. Dream BIG: Just because your resolutions should be realistic does not mean they cannot be ambitious. Set resolutions that challenge you and push you out of your comfort zone. If the idea is to grow and improve as an individual, why not become the most improved individual you can be. For our big-boned friend whose resolution might be to lose 50 lbs for instance, he could make it an ambitious 100 lbs.
  4. Make your resolutions into goals: Research shows that you are 40% more likely to achieve the goals that you write down, and until you make it into a clear written objective, a new year resolution is just wishful thinking. When you write down your new year resolution, you are committing yourself to following through, which increases your chances of achieving it. A goal-oriented resolution might be to lose 10 lbs every month.
  5. Break them down into small actionable steps: It can be daunting to look at the ambitious goals you have set for yourself in the new year. It can often be overwhelming because sometimes, you don’t even know where to begin. At this stage, it helps to break the resolutions into simple, easy-to-do daily action points. With the steps broken down into pieces, you can make daily progress without the strain of feeling like you have to do it all at once. An example may be to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, three times weekly.
  6. Celebrate your progress: Sometimes, we fall short of our goals and that’s alright. Remember to take a minute to review your progress and how far you’ve come and grown!

We all want to be better versions of ourselves and new year resolutions can help us do that and even though they can be quite difficult to follow through and execute, they are a huge part of the growth process. Making resolutions and sticking to them will help us grow as individuals and we all know that growth is arguably the most important part of being human. As you continue the year, make, tweak, and stick to your resolutions and watch yourself evolve into a happier, more fulfilled individual.

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