May 262015

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowExtraversion may be less common than we think
Our culture believes that extraverts are in the majority, because this group of people have more friends. And because extraverts look at the world through their beliefs, they think that they’re the norm. This bias can affect job performance, self-esteem and relationships in both extraverts and introverts.

3 Life Questions Shared By Just About Everyone In The World
Gabby Bernstein, speaker, self-help author, and spiritual teacher, shares her answers to the three most common questions she gets from her audiences. She shares some tips on what to do about them, including a simple way to meditate.

The Mindset of Success – from good management to great leadership
Jo Owen’s book explains how to put your mind to work and grasp opportunities. Your skillset is not what will make a difference to your level of success, it’s your “mindset.” Skills are abundant whereas the right mindset is a rare commodity that is greatly valued in organizations.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 192015

Flagstaff Aspen Rainbow10 Questions To Ask Yourself To Stay Positive When Facing Difficulties
In life, you can’t change events or their outcome. However, you can choose the emotion and meaning you attach to them. By retraining yourself to see the positive in even the most challenging times, you reclaim your power and can come through it stronger than before.

Multitasking Can Damage Your Brain and Career, Studies Say
New studies show that multitasking kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Interacting with multiple devices at once may be changing the way we think and even brain structure. Multitasking impacts a portion of the brain that affect emotional quotient skills responsible for success at work.

Neuroscience on Writer’s Block
More than any other creative pursuits, writers are more prone to being blocked. The article describes 7 reasons why creativity is harder for writers and goes on to give 7 solutions on how to overcome this thorny issue.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 152015

We’ve been told that multitasking will make us more productive, efficient and effective, when the truth is far different. It’s a major cause of stress, which means you react to situation without thinking them through. Learn one strategy to break this cycle, get more done, and have more resources to handle challenges.

Copyright 2015 Linda Ann Stewart
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May 122015

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowBusting the Big 3 Meditation Myths
Meditation has scores of research saying why it’s healthy and reduces stress. But many people have misconceptions about what it actually is and use them to avoid the practice. This article busts some of the excuses and gives some baby steps you can start with.

22 Things To Start Doing Now That Will Improve The Rest Of Your Life
On a social question-and-answer site, a student asked, “What can people start doing now that will help them a lot in five years?” These are some of the favorite answers that people contributed, along with a short commentary for most of them. They range from the material to the practical to the existential.

Are Your Beliefs Holding You Back?
Your beliefs can keep you from realizing your full potential, cause low self-esteem, and lead to anxiety and depression. They color the way you interact with every aspect of your life. Becoming aware of them allows you to choose what to do. This article gives some direction of what to do to change those negative beliefs and become happier, healthier, and more successful.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 062015

Flagstaff Aspen Rainbow5 affirmations that have the power to transform your life
The statements you tell yourself affect your feelings, beliefs and behaviors. Here are 5 positive statements, with a brief commentary, that can help you create a happier, healthier life. They are declarations of intention to keep you focused on what’s important.

Nine steps to work-place happiness
The biggest obstacle to happiness at work is your belief that you’re the prisoner of circumstance.
And your beliefs create your experience. Here are 9 steps that can help you keep your perspective, take control of your thoughts and have a happier, more harmonious life.

For Happiness, Keep a Gratitude Journal
Keeping a gratitude journal has been studied extensively at UC Davis Emmons Lab. They’ve found that those who keep them experience a host of benefits, from better health and well being to feeling more connected to others. This is one person’s journey with keeping one, and transitioning from a pessimist to a more optimistic person.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 012015

by Linda-Ann Stewart
Snowbowl in Flagstaff, AZ
I know that some people and religious systems believe that we grow through suffering. Buddhism says, “All of life is suffering.” Catholicism infers that pain is good for the soul. I’ve heard it said that anguish intensifies our appreciation of good when it occurs. It’s supposed to cause us to seek deeper meanings to life, to become better people and more compassionate of others.

But I’ve known a lot of suffering people who weren’t growing in any way. Some adult survivors of abuse have felt victimized all of their lives and never tried to heal their wounds. An acquaintance developed cancer and, even when she went into complete remission, used it as an excuse not to participate in life. I knew an accident victim who felt entitled to not have to take responsibility for herself. Many emotionally wounded people inflict pain on others as a way to get momentary release from it.

Many people who are abandoned, rejected, can’t pay the bills, have chronic health problems, or are emotionally hurting, descend into a cycle of anger, resentment or despair that’s difficult to climb out of. If we’re overwhelmed by events out of our control, it can cause us to use up our mental and emotional resources to deal with the immediate problem. We may feel that we can’t handle any more, snap at those dear to us, and can become self-involved and self-pitying.

Suffering isn’t the same as sadness. Grief is an appropriate response to the loss of something dear to us. But eventually, our mourning passes, reduces or diminishes. However, there are some people who wallow in sadness and don’t move beyond it.

So I don’t believe that suffering, in and of itself, causes people to grow. As with anything else, how it affects us depends on how we perceive it. We need to be willing to seek the meaning in it. Although we might not be able to control events, we do have complete control over the way we think about them. Sometimes pain pushes us to quit trying to control our environment and to give up control to the Universe. Instead of trying to make the outcome fit our picture, we release and let the Infinite manage our affairs.

Many times, our resisting letting go of something that has outlived its usefulness or not moving forward causes anguish. When we oppose growth, then we create a resistance with the Universe. The intent of the Universe is to expand. By not letting ourselves grow, we create pain and suffering. There is a saying in the fitness industry “no pain, no gain.” I disagree. If we’re having pain, then we’re probably resisting growth, or we could be trying to move forward too quickly. Just like the pain of an overworked muscle.

If we’re trying to push through something, it may be that other things are at work behind the scenes, and it’s not time for the goal to come through, as hard as it is to accept that. Don’t try to “white knuckle” it and force it to happen. That will only create more resistance and pressure. Visualize the desired outcome and ask for the next step to be revealed.

There are times when all we can do is endure a difficult period, wait for things to improve and find something good in the situation. I remember hearing someone say, “Every challenge brings a gift.” When we seek meaning and the benefit from the circumstances, we will find them. Usually, there’s some message for us that we can absorb and use as a building block.

Many years ago, I had a friend who decided to erase the old idea that we only learn from problems. She set her intention to learn her lessons with joy instead of suffering and it worked for her. Recently, I’ve been following her example and working on letting things flow easily and harmoniously. As a result, several small miracles have occurred.

The Universe didn’t create a world full of suffering. Anguish is our response to a situation that doesn’t fit our view of how things should be. Suffering, in itself, doesn’t cause us to grow. We need to find the meaning in it, seek the lesson, let go control, and ask for guidance. As a spiritual text says, “Seek and ye shall find.” When you change your perspective of the situation, then not only will you grow from it, but your experience of it lightens.


I release the old idea that suffering is good for the soul. I let go of my preconceived notions about how a difficult situation should be and seek the meaning of it to help me grow and evolve into a more compassionate, wiser person. Keeping my mind focused on my desired outcome, I’m open to guidance about the next step. I’m willing to let go control of the result, and let the Universe manifest its Goodness. I set my intention to now learn my lessons with ease, harmony and joy.

Copyright 2008, 2015 Linda Ann Stewart
All Rights Reserved

As a speaker, personal and professional development coach and hypnotherapist, Linda-Ann Stewart empowers business and professional women who are stuck, immobilized or overwhelmed to get focused, prioritize and break through their inner barriers so they generate more business. If you’d like some help to reach your goals, email her at with “Complimentary Consultation” in the subject line.

Apr 292015

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowThe Link Between Personal Development and Professional Success
Legendary entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development.” This article describes the most effective personal development practices used by top entrepreneurs. The 6 steps include visualization and affirmations.

Self-Development Is Not a Luxury, It’s Our Responsibility
We live in a culture that doesn’t value looking inwards. That approach leads to burn out, numbing out and depression. Self-development work is essential for us to be able to continue to be of service and creative.

How to Improve Your Health with Gratitude
Achieving wellness includes far more than what you eat or how active you are. It includes thoughts and habits too, such as gratitude. This article includes 5 gratitude habits that
will help you create a life filled with passion, interest, and grace.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Apr 232015

Listening In ReclinerQuestion: Is there a problem if I go to sleep while I’m hypnotized? In other words, if I go to sleep while I’m hypnotized, will I wake up?

Answer: Hypnosis is a natural state of awareness, and is simply a description of a process we use to communicate with the subconscious mind. When a person goes into a light stage of hypnosis, they’re in the same state that they’re in when they’re daydreaming, focused on a project, praying or watching television. Everybody goes through this stage of awareness as they’re going to sleep.

The activity of the mind has started to slow down, and their subconscious mind is more amenable to suggestion. A person in hypnosis may descend into a deeper level where they’re not aware of their outer circumstances, even though their subconscious is still responsive. This is a drowsy state, where sounds fade away.

Below this state is deep sleep. If a person “falls asleep” when they’re in a deep level of hypnosis, they’ll just awaken naturally when their body has been rested.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Apr 212015

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowMeditation and your brain
Meditation is not just a hobby thing anymore; it has become a set of therapies and courses. It makes you aware of the present moment and at the same time helps you to control your mind. Here are 7 ways it helps to enhance your life.

Why Mindset Trumps Strategy Every Time
What we believe is possible and desirable is critical to be successful. Any strategy not in alignment with your mindset in will fail every single time. Mindset determines your initiative, determination, investment, and behavior. Those factors must be in place before your strategies can be successful.

The Neuroscience of Storytelling
Interesting infographic on why storytelling is so powerful and how it affects the brain (and what areas). It shows how data and stories activate different areas of the brain. It also shows why you should tell stories during presentations.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart