Sep 222016
 

Sparks of InsightWe’ve been taught that the way to find solutions is to focus on the problem. The conscious mind picks at it, takes it apart, looks at it from all sides and eventually a solution will magically appear. But the conscious mind isn’t the creative part of you. Your subconscious mind is. Have you ever tried to remember someone’s name? The harder you tried, the worse it got. Only when you let it go, did the answer come to you in 10 or 20 minutes. You have to let your subconscious process and work on the issue. When you do, you’ll have an inspiration that will bring light to the situation.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Sep 222016
 

Grand Canyon-Lipan PointSo Apparently There Are 4 Kinds of Introversion
Introversion has been getting a lot of attention of late. Before that, if it was thought of at all, it was considered to be a personality defect. But it’s now in the public’s consciousness. And psychologists are realizing that their definition of introversion isn’t the same as the public’s. This researcher has identified 4 kinds, and describes them.

Doctors Tell Us How Hiking Can Change Our Brains
Getting out in nature is good for the mind, body and soul. It improves mood, boosts brainpower, creativity, improves children with ADHD, and more. This article examines several ways that hiking is good for your mental and physical health.

Reprogram subconscious mind with hypnosis
Hypnosis is a wonderful way to make changes in your life. This article explains how it does that, by reprogramming the subconscious mind. But it also describes the difference between hypnosis and meditation and the benefits of each.

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Sep 142016
 

Staying in your comfort zone becomes a habit. It’s safe there but living in that place will eventually erode your confidence and spirit. Create the habit of stretching out of your comfort zone. Learn some small ways to expand your comfort zone and build your confidence.


~ Linda-Ann Stewart

As a speaker, hypnotherapist, and vision coach, Linda-Ann Stewart helps business and professional women who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to create their vision, prioritize, and focus so they increase their productivity, prosperity and peace of mind. If you'd like some help to reach your goals, email her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com with "Complimentary Consultation" in the subject line.
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Sep 132016
 

Grand Canyon Sunset - East of Yaki PointPsychologists Reveal One Of The Best Ways To Boost Your Mood
Research has found that altruism or being kind can improve your mood better than doing things for yourself. There are other benefits to these acts, as well. Read the article for a deeper understanding of how focusing beyond yourself is better for you mentally and physically.

10 Surprising Facts About Rejection
Research finds that rejection affects more than just your feelings. It also impacts your reason, intelligence, brain and more. This article has some interesting facts about how rejection and how it can be eased.

Frequent Complaining Can Badly Affect Your Brain, Here’s Why
Are you stuck in a cycle of negativity? If so, you’ve trained your brain to keep you there. But there is a way you can get out of it. This article goes into how and why you get stuck, and what to do to change it.

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Sep 092016
 

Sparks of Insight“I honor myself. I recognize when someone tries to manipulate me, and take appropriate actions to take care of my well being. My welfare is as important as anyone else’s.”

You were made by the same Creator as everyone else, therefore you are as important as anyone else on the earth. Your needs, opinions, and desires are also as important. If others try to influence you by demeaning you, they aren’t interested in whether it harms your well being. They’re interested in their own agenda. You have the right to say, “No,” and to refuse to comply. By taking care of yourself, you signal to yourself and others that you are worthy of the best Life can offer.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

As a speaker, hypnotherapist, and vision coach, Linda-Ann Stewart helps business and professional women who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to create their vision, prioritize, and focus so they increase their productivity, prosperity and peace of mind. If you'd like some help to reach your goals, email her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com with "Complimentary Consultation" in the subject line.
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Sep 072016
 

Sparks of InsightScience Explains How Writing Down Tiny Achievements Every Day Changes Our Brains
Recent research shows that when you feel like you make progress, then you’re more likely to be creative, productive and increase your confidence. And it’s not just progress on goals, but small events that happen every day. Discover how to become more aware of your progress and how it affects you.

What to Do When You Are Your Own Worst Critic
There is something in your human nature that makes you very self-critical of yourself. It’s one of the greatest challenges you need to overcome to be successful. This article shares three techniques to quiet your inner critic down.

Self-Criticism or Self-Compassion?
Researchers say that the inner critic doesn’t really help you and can be destructive. Neuroscientists suggest that it affects the brain in negative ways. Learn three ways to be more positive about yourself so you can increase your motivation and resilience.

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Aug 262016
 

Sparks of InsightEveryone has the same access to Universal Spirit and Energy as you do. You don’t have to sacrifice yourself, your needs or welfare to help them. They don’t need to take what is yours, whether it’s time or resources, to achieve their goal. Nor do you need anything of anyone else’s. So if someone comes to you and wants your help, and says you’re their only hope, remember that there are millions of people in the world available to help. If you don’t help them, they’ll find someone else. And if helping them penalizes you, it’s not going to help either of you. One of life’s lessons is to learn to honor yourself first.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

As a speaker, hypnotherapist, and vision coach, Linda-Ann Stewart helps business and professional women who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to create their vision, prioritize, and focus so they increase their productivity, prosperity and peace of mind. If you'd like some help to reach your goals, email her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com with "Complimentary Consultation" in the subject line.

 

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Aug 252016
 

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
by Martin Seligman, Ph.D.

Wow! This is another book that I recommend to my clients, participants in my classes, and practically anyone who’s ever experienced depression, pessimism, or difficulty in achieving their dreams. Based on over twenty years worth of research, Dr. Seligman shows how optimism combats depression, improves health, enhances success, and much more. Not a rah-rah book for being positive, it covers the questions about his research and how he came to his conclusions.

There are exercises to test whether you’re optimistic or not, and how depressed you might be. A thought always precedes an emotion, and Dr. Seligman found that pervasive negative thoughts always preceded a person’s depression. He describes how some people “learn” to be helpless, and then don’t try, even when they are assured of success. If you’re a parent, teacher, or have a child in your life, the author explains how children become pessimistic and how it affects their lives. He even addresses the conditions when realistic thinking, not optimism, is best in the situation.

Best of all, this book gives instructions on how to change your thinking from pessimistic to optimistic. You simply have to learn how to change the way you explain the situations of your life to yourself. In other words, change your internal dialogue.

It’s an engrossing and entertaining read, considering that it covers much of his research. But it also gives case histories of people who have changed their lives. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Aug 242016
 

Sunset at Hopi Point at Grand CanyonStopping ‘Should’ Shaming — Ending the Self-Imposed Guilt Game
Unless you are already aware of the damage it causes, you probably say “should” at least a few times a day. When you say this word, it indicates that you aren’t doing what you would benefit from, or you’re not committed to a decision. This brings on guilt and self-reproach, which don’t help the situation. Here are 3 steps to take to stop “shoulding” on yourself and feeling better.

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think
Research is finding that silence can actually help your brain in many different ways. It can grow more brain cells and improve your memory and learning. Silence helps your brain to process and integrate information. Of course, it also relieves stress and tension. Read this article to find other ways that silence helps your brain.

10 Must Watch Ted Talks on Positive Emotions
Barbara Fredrickson, the developer of Broaden and Build Theory, introduced the idea that the more positive emotions we experience sends us into an upward spiral where happiness and well being dwell. Her research into the dynamics and benefits of positive emotions focuses primarily on the 10 most common positive emotions. This article focuses on TED talks which offer some insight into these different positive emotions.

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Aug 192016
 

Sparks of Insight“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry Ford

Your beliefs and attitudes will bring you their equivalent in your world. When they remain the same, you’ll attract what you’ve experienced in the past. You can’t make a change when you’re thinking and acting in the same way you always have. The only way to have improved circumstances is to make different decisions and follow through on them. That way, you break the stalemate and open the doors for something greater to enter.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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