Apr 292016

The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain
by John Sarno

This author was brought to my attention when, within a few months, three people told me of  their experiences with his book, Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection. After reading that book, each one of them had their decade’s long chronic back pain go away.

Intrigued, I got The Mind/Body Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain, which has a broader scope. It doesn’t deal with just back issues, but all sorts of chronic pain and illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, gastrointestinal issues and much more.

Dr. Sarno specializes in rehabilitation medicine. Over the years, he recognized a correlation between repressed emotions and the pain of chronic illnesses. Deal with the emotion and you get healthier. This book explores the psychology, mechanics, and manifestations.

He doesn’t just leave you with his theory and explanation. The last section of the book gives a treatment plan of what you can do to start getting better. When you’ve been dragged down by pain and illness for years, it’s hard to get enough energy to try something new. This book gives you back some of the power that your illness has taken. You have nothing to lose by reading it.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Apr 282016

Sunset Crater plant A Stanford scientist says a simple psychological shift can make you more successful
If you’re kind to yourself, you have a chance to grow and learn from challenging experiences. There’s a growing body of research suggesting that your relationship with yourself is just as important as your relationships with others when it comes to getting ahead professionally. Learn 3 components and 4 strategies that will help you improve your relationship with yourself.

The Problem Is Not The Problem
The problem is the way we look at problems, not the challenge itself. Rather than resisting the problem, our best reaction is to become aware of how we are thinking, and then change our mind about it. When you do this, you can then find the opportunity hiding in the challenge.

Saying these 2 words can help you be more successful
If you’re working towards a goal or change a habit, it can be hard not to fall back into the old rut. However, how you frame your words can be helpful. It shifts the way you view the temptation. Learn what those 2 powerful words are.

Apr 202016

Your thoughts create your beliefs, which determine your decisions and motivate your actions. So the life you have has been built from your thoughts and beliefs. But you can change your beliefs by changing your thoughts. Once you do, you change your life. It takes some time and effort, but it can be done. Learn a vital step you can do that will change your world.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Apr 192016

Kendrick Mountain from SnowbowlResearchers say the ‘success syndrome’ could explain why your best employees are quitting
Researchers assert that a steady increase in collaborative work is undermining organizations’ performance. Essentially, the more valuable you are to the company, the more demands get placed on you. This article interviews one of the researchers about how this process typically unfolds and what can be done to prevent it.

Science Says People Who Enjoy Being Alone Are More Likely To Be Successful
Although success is something we all hope to achieve, it can be a real struggle. You might think the extroverts of the world have the best shot at achieving their life goals, but science disagrees. A tendency to enjoy your alone time over socializing can actually help you achieve ultimate success. Learn why.

Tap your holiday stress-busting super power: Breathing
This strategy isn’t just for holiday stress, it’s also for the everyday stress you experience. Training yourself to breathe properly can reverse the negative physiological responses that stress creates. It reduces physical tension, promotes mindfulness, and helps you rest, which gives you more resources to handle the day-to-day grind.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Apr 152016

One of the greatest discoveries in all of human history is the idea that you become what you think about most of the time. If you want to change the results you’re getting in the outer world, you have to reprogram your internal system so it takes you to a different destination. In this video, legendary trainer Brian Tracy gives you a couple of ideas on how to do this.

To learn more about how to set goals, download Brian Tracy’s 14-Step Guide to Goal Setting.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Apr 142016

Sunset Crater plant Not long ago, I was urged to lead a bi-weekly group. I knew I was already stretched thin and wouldn’t be able to do it justice. Several times, on several occasions I declined. Then one day, my defenses were down and I was persuaded to lead it “for a short time.” As soon as I agreed, I regretted it.

Over the next couple of weeks, I tried to fit the new responsibility into my schedule. But the realization that I’d made the wrong decision was reinforced over and over. Finally, I called the current leader and said I couldn’t do it.

“It’s my fault. I went against what I knew in my heart,” I said.

Within a day or so, they found a new leader, and she’s doing a fabulous job.

This situation reminded of two valuable lessons I’ve learned over the years.
1. When I say “No” and know that it’s the right answer, stick to it. I don’t have to explain or justify my reasons why.
2. I’m not indispensable. If I don’t step up, someone else will. And if they don’t, maybe the group (or whatever) shouldn’t continue.

When have you gone against what you knew was right for you? How did you feel? Learn from that, and hold to your truth the next time. It’ll save you time, energy, improve your well being and self-respect.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Apr 132016

Road to SuccessHow to Cultivate Your Creativity
Openness to new experiences is the strongest and most consistent personality trait that predicts creative achievement in the arts and sciences. Higher dopamine levels drive our motivation to explore and boost creativity but are also associated with an increased risk of mental illness. New experiences can shift our perspective and inspire creative leaps.

Attention on the Brain
Focusing deliberately on only one thing can be difficult, as there are always other competing for your attention at any given moment. Researchers have investigated the science of attention, and are shedding light on the mechanisms that shape this ability. They explored both the power of suggestion and the mechanics of mindfulness.

The Stoic: 9 Principles to Help You Keep Calm in Chaos
Act on your principles, not your moods. The ancient philosophy of Stoicism can help you smash creative blocks and do your best work. The goal of Stoicism is to attain inner peace by overcoming adversity, practicing self-control, and being conscious of your impulses.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Apr 062016

The Aladdin Factor
by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

Learning to ask for what we want is a lesson that most of us need to address. This book helps to identify most of the difficulties we have in asking. Using an allegory concerning Aladdin and his lamp, the authors’ guide you past the obstacles to asking.

They cover areas such as low self-esteem, discovering what to ask for, getting beyond the fear, and even how to ask. There are chapters on where or who to ask for what you want, such as at home, work, or the Universe.

Inspirational stories and testimonials of people climbing out on a limb and asking for what they want fill this book. There are examples of people successfully asking for things I never would have even tried.

This is a book well worth re-reading every year to remind me of the lessons it contains. It stretches the mind to ask for and realize you can accept more of the good of the Universe.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Apr 062016

Prescott, AZ - Watson Lake and Granite DellsThe simple way to boost health you may have overlooked
Happiness and small acts of gratitude are helping communities create innovative public health solutions, according to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD. He noted that happiness comes from a sense of “long-term emotional well-being that comes from fulfillment, purpose, connectedness and love.” Happy people are healthier people. Learn how people can actually “create happiness” through various exercises and lifestyle choices.

How Safe is Hypnosis?
Recent news has people talking about the practice and its safety and effectiveness. Unfortunately, this has perpetuated some of the myths about hypnosis. Hypnosis is really self-hypnosis, whether a person is led into it or leads themselves. It’s a safe process that we use every day and it’s helpful in many situations.

How to Train Your Brain for High Performance
Everybody sees the world through the lenses of three sets of beliefs. Using questions to harness your three mindsets can channel all three levels so you can perform at a higher level. Check out the worksheet of questions so you can be more effective in your personal and professional lives.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Mar 312016

Sunset at Hopi Point at Grand CanyonThis psychological phenomenon explains why you can spend all day at work without getting anything done
Your addiction to action could be sabotaging your productivity. Instead of organizing your workday around priorities, you jump small tasks that will make you fell productive but don’t matter much. Here are some suggestions to get you productive again.

Why Changing Your Thoughts Can Change Your Life
Without strong self-awareness, our thoughts can run astray and bring out the worst in us, and even limit our possibilities. Your thoughts can send you into overdrive because of your mind’s natural tendency to create stories so you feel more in control. Learn some specific ways to master your mind and your thoughts, which impact your destiny.

Success Coach Says This Formula Can Create Better Outcomes
In Jack Canfield’s new book, Success Principles, he states a principle which will improve your results. As Canfield explains, you overlook how much your own response to the event plays a role in the outcome. Learn about his formula and how it can help you get more out of life.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart