Feb 172017
 

Sparks of InsightWhenever you have a problem, you probably resist it, which is a natural response. But by doing so, you feed it attention and energy. “Energy flows where attention goes,” so you’re instructing the Law of Attraction to increase what you don’t want. But every problem has a solution hidden within it. You simply need to let go of your resistance and look at it differently. What would the solution result in? Greater health, prosperity, or harmony? Switch your attention to the solution. Not how it would come about, but the outcome. This stimulates your creative mind to find not only a solution but the gift hidden within your challenge.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 172017
 

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Science Shows, This Is The Only Skill You Need To Be Successful In Life
There is one skill that helps you to do better in every area of your life. It’s delayed gratification and it ensures that you have the patience and persistence to overcome your challenges. This article gives some specific tips on how to cultivate this precious ability and put it into action in your life.

How To Break A Bad Habit — For Good
Everyone has wanted to break a bad habit at some time. This article shows how habits are created and reinforced. Knowing the feedback loop helps to know where you can break it. Learn the specific steps to take to start breaking the habit and getting back on track to what you want.

How To Train Your Brain To Go Positive Instead Of Negative
Our brains are designed to help us to survive. To do that, we’re programmed to look out for obstacles and problems. Unfortunately, always being critical doesn’t lead to having a happy life. This article gives you a simple tip to begin to train your brain to build a positivity circuit.

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Feb 152017
 

Question MarkQuestion: How often should I use an affirmation to heal a chronic condition?

Answer: For any chronic condition, including physical healing, it’s recommended that a person spend ten to fifteen minutes, three times a day in dynamic meditation (using affirmations, imagery and/or visualization) or self-hypnosis (using suggestions, imagery and/or visualization). That’s to flood their subconscious with health or improvement messages. A person should use any statement or visualization that has meaning for them,  because it’s their feelings and beliefs about the situation that they’re working on.

According to Catherine Ponder, a minister and writer of books on prosperity and healing, an affirmation about a single issue needs to be stated aloud for at least fifteen minutes every day. She said that she’d never seen a situation improve with less than that. Once it’s changed, I believe that five minutes a day would probably be enough to keep it stable.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 142017
 

Self-sabotage is designed to keep you in your comfort zone. It ensures that you unconsciously undermine yourself to maintain the status quo. But you don’t have to be held hostage to it. You have the ability to overcome it. Learn what it takes to eliminate self-sabotage.



~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 142017
 

Sunset Crater, Flagstaff AZDo you have a dream or a vision that you’re not actively pursuing? Maybe you’re not taking action on it or you’re chronically preparing to start. If so, you’re not alone. Self-sabotage is an insidious, subversive and subtle act. It gets hidden amongst the busyness of your life. And it may even seem completely reasonable that you haven’t been able to make any progress toward your dream. But there are unseen forces at work within you that are holding you back.

Here are 7 ways that you undermine yourself and steps you can take to overcome these obstacles.

1. Lack of clarity. You only have a fuzzy idea of what you want. This isn’t very motivating and it won’t impel you to take action. When you don’t have a precise idea of your direction, you won’t take any steps. Specific ideas about your goals allow you to take specific steps towards achieving them, which leads to better results. It also gives the Law of Attraction an explicit pattern to follow.

2. No plan. You may want to go with the flow and resist the structure of a plan. But when you choose to let things unfold in this way, you’re going to be blown around by every circumstance that presents itself. There’s a saying, “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” In your busy life, if something doesn’t get prioritized, it doesn’t get done. Create an outline of a plan that serves you, so that the Law of Attraction can draw to you what you need. Your plan should include room for the unexpected.

3. Not working your plan. You’ve created a plan, put it in a drawer and gotten involved in your busy life. The immediate and the urgent have taken precedence. Or you may be dealing with the “shiny object syndrome.” Other enticing options have taken you off track and gotten you nowhere. This just creates confusion for the Universe, as it doesn’t know what you want. It’s ok to make course corrections periodically, but not every day. Assess your plan and get back to working it.

4. Not making your dream a priority. You have a plan, but you let other things get in the way. This may be day-to-day chores or plain old inertia. It’s simply easier to fall back into old habits than it is to clear space to work for your dream. Unless you decide that your dream is important, you’ll never achieve it. And the Universe won’t make it a priority, either. Focus on what you want, schedule taking action and following through.

5. Seeking approval. You’re trying to live up to other peoples’ expectations of you. And you put others’ agendas ahead of your own wants, needs and desires. For the most part, you don’t need their approval nor to meet their expectations. What you want is as important as what they do. Learn to say, “No,” when their expectations conflict with what you want. The Universe approves of you when you do.

6. Perfectionism. You won’t move forward until everything is perfect. This is an unrealistic and unreachable goal. Perfectionism comes from fear that you’ll make a mistake. Of course, you’re going to make mistakes. That’s how you learn and make course corrections. The Universe doesn’t expect your efforts to be flawless. Repeat to yourself, “Progress, not perfection.” As long as you have a vision and the beginnings of a plan, you can make some headway. You can build the rest as you go along.

7. Procrastination.
This behavior is the worst of the offenders. It probably sinks more dreams than anything else. Either you put off starting or you put off uncomfortable or unfamiliar tasks that are necessary to your vision. Out of fear or rebellion, you chronically avoid making a decision or taking an action until the last minute. The Law of Attraction follows your lead and delays any good coming your way. Take some action, no matter how small and build momentum. One small step at a time is all you need to do to make progress.

Self-sabotage is an attempt to keep you safely confined in your comfort zone, so you don’t have to stretch or be anxious. Your subconscious is trying to protect you from the disappointment or rejection that you experienced when you were younger. Unfortunately, this strategy doesn’t support your dream or who you are now.

When you recognize that you’re sabotaging yourself, and that it’s a function of some outdated attempt at self-preservation, you can make changes. It will be uncomfortable at first, as all change is. And you’ll be tempted to step back into old patterns. But you have the power, wisdom and understanding to take charge and shift your world. Open the door to your dreams and step through.

Affirmation:
I realize the self-sabotage is an outdated attempt to keep me safe in a world that no longer exists. I now recognize any ways in which I undermine myself. It’s powerful to bring them out into the light so that I can see they are no longer needed. I now let go of what no longer serves me, and now establish new thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that support my dreams.

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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Feb 102017
 

Sparks of Insight“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” – Soren Kierkegaard

The Law of Attraction acts on where you’re putting your attention. Your dominant thoughts are whatever you’re filling your mind with. Are you focusing on what you want or on what you’re afraid will happen? Because the Law of Attraction will fill the mold of the thoughts that occupy your mind. It takes as its direction from them. And if you think you’re focusing on what you want, but are angry or judgmental of others, then your dominant thought is what you disapprove of. So you’ll draw more of that to you. Stay focused on your life and what you want, and you will attract that to you.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 092017
 

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowChoosing positivity lets us get in touch with our emotions
When we’re controlled by negative emotions, then we react without thinking. This can be very destructive to our lives and relationships. But we have a choice what to think, which affects our feelings. This article describes the challenge we face and why it’s so important to choose well.

8 Habits of Considerate People
Being kind and considerate makes people more open to us and what we want. Neuroscience is beginning to show us that the impulse to beg considerate is stronger than a self-serving instinct. Learning how you can be considerate will not only further your career, but it is healthier for you.

If You Want To Lead Your Life More Effortlessly, You Should Embrace This New Mindset
Sometimes, when we don’t achieve a goal in the time frame we expected or how we wanted, we get discouraged. At those times, the mind tries to give us an easy out, but one that makes us feel helpless. Instead of accepting the lie the mind is telling us, it’s more empowering to shift it to another mindset. This mindset is more empowering and compassionate, and encourages us to try again in a different way.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 052017
 

Sparks of InsightAre you limiting your acceptance of good? If so, you’re restricting the flow of God/Universe in your life. You are a part of the Universe, as an individualized expression of It. And the Universe wants more good for Itself, since that’s the way it expresses Itself. Whatever good you desire is also a part of the Universe. So desiring more good, whether it’s prosperity, health, or peace in your life, means that you’re wanting to experience more of God/the Universe. Open your mind and heart to allowing more of the Universe, or good, coming into your life.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 012017
 

Grand Canyon Colorado RiverSay This, Not That: 7 Responses for Common Negative Thoughts
Our mental chatter defines us and our world, even though the chatter may be wrong. Once you realize you aren’t your thoughts, and that they come and go, it gives you freedom and control. You can reprogram your automatic thoughts with persistence, and here are some positive thoughts to install.

This Is Your Body On Stress
Your body was designed to protect you from physical threats. But when we live in a modern society, most of those threats are mental or emotional. But our bodies react to them the same as they did to our ancestor reacting to a saber toothed tiger attacking. This is a wonderful infographic explaining how the different areas of your brain and body react to stress.

All The Productivity Tips You Need In 9 Infographics
Some people are able to juggle their work and private lives without breaking a sweat. They aren’t superhuman, they’ve just learned some tips on how to get things done more efficiently. This is a great infographic showing you what to do, and not do, to make your days more productive and your life more harmonious.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jan 282017
 

Sparks of Insight“I become aware of the thoughts that I think that might not be in harmony with the Universe. I train myself to transform them into the kind of idea deposits that I consciously choose. I know that my thoughts manifest their equivalent in my life.”

Your thoughts become beliefs, you act on your beliefs and they get expressed in your life. To change them, becoming aware of the negative thoughts that cross your mind is your first step. It’s not always easy, because most people life on autopilot. Once you’re aware of your thoughts, you can make a conscious choice of what you want to think and believe. Whenever you have that negative thought, you then insert the one you’ve chosen. It takes persistence and dedication, but it can be done.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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