Jun 022017
 

Sparks of Insight“Self-trust is the first secret of success.” – Emerson

If you don’t trust yourself, then why would anyone else? Self-trust is actually a confidence and faith in oneself. When you have trust in your decisions, direction, and character, then others will also have confidence in you.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Jun 012017
 

Grand Canyon Sunset - East of Yaki Point7 Ways To Truly Master Your Own Mind
Your thoughts determine the life you have. To have a better life, you need to master your thoughts. You need to be aware of whether you’re planting noxious weeds or beautiful flowers. This article gives you several easy, practical ways to become a better steward of your thoughts.

90% Of Startups Fail: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 10%
This article’s goal isn’t to discourage you, but to make you aware of what to do to be successful. If you pay attention to the reasons most fail, and take actions to avoid them, you’ll have a much better chance to succeed. Learn the 4 characteristics to emulate, and find a way to do so.

You’re Not Going to Believe What I’m about to Tell You
This is a cute comic that illustrates why facts won’t change a person’s opinion. Instead, facts will cause a person to hang on harder to their misconception. The comic is very clever and clear, describing a psychological behavior called the backfire effect. Enjoy this comic to find a way to counteract this effect and learn how to consider something different.

May 292017
 

What You Think of Me is None of My Business
by Terri Cole-Whittaker

This title would be a fantastic mantra for most of us. We spend too much time trying to please other people. In doing so, we twist ourselves out of shape, compromise our deepest beliefs, abandon and stifle our uniqueness.

This book is all about our relationship to ourselves and others and how to be true to our real selves. Ms. Cole-Whittaker systematically goes through the different areas that we restrict ourselves to gain approval, such as abundance, guilt, health, relationships, competition and dismantles our excuses for doing so.

In her chapter on “Everyone Can Win,” she addresses the dissatisfaction of employees, and gives guidance to them and their bosses about how to improve their fulfillment.

Each chapter ends with some self-awareness questions and strategies, and includes three affirmations to implement the changes. This book will change the way you think about every area of your life. And as we know, when you change the way you think, your life changes in response.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 272017
 

Grand Canyon Rim TrailHow to Turn Off Negative Thoughts in Your Mind
The things you say to yourself affect your view of yourself and your world. Negative beliefs condition you to feel like you’re not enough or capable. When you become aware of those feelings, you can trace them to thoughts that are probably not true. This article gives some tips on how to switch off negative thoughts.

Why Women Need To Grow Their Self-Worth
Both men and women experience the “Imposter Syndrome.” But because of their early experiences and societal pressures, women deal with it more often. This article examines the issue behind women’s self-doubt and gives some suggestions on how to overcome them.

How to Focus & Prioritize Your Life by Copying the Mindset of Elite Entrepreneurs
The secret behind success and productivity isn’t magical, it’s focus. When you focus on one task at a time, you get a lot more done than trying to juggle several. This article gives some valuable tips and suggestions to keep you on track.

May 262017
 

Sparks of InsightWhen you get under stress, the subconscious mind uses its resources to deal with the more immediate problems. Many times, it will abandon any new changes so it can handle the priority. It will also go back to more familiar coping strategies, to free its energy for the immediate issue. That’s why, under stress, a person will fall off their diet, return to smoking or an old thought pattern. Knowing this, you can prepare a plan to use to stay on track when you’re under stress. Stress comes and goes, but your life goes on.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 192017
 

Sparks of Insight“I’m always expressing the Infinite Life within me through my thoughts and decisions. Creativity means that Universal energy is flowing through me. I now allow my creativity to express in positive and healthy ways.”

You’re always creative, from your thoughts creating your life, to deciding what to eat for dinner. This self-expression means that the Universe is flowing through you. Frustration, depression, and fear dam it up. If creativity isn’t flowing outwardly, then it’s getting stuffed inwardly and can adversely affect you. People who express their creativity, without criticism, are healthier and happier.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 192017
 

Sunset Crater, Flagstaff AZHow to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions
Unfortunately, when we’re feeling down, it colors our opinions about ourselves and our lives. And then those thoughts inspire our decisions and actions, which generally are detrimental to our lives. Learning our negative triggers, and having strategies in place, can stop that downward spiral. This article gives some tips and techniques to use to break that negative cycle.

Complaining Is Bad For Your Health, According To Science
Not only is it unpleasant to be around a complainer, it can become a habit with negative consequences. Constant negativity can take a toll on your physical health as well as your mental health. Here are some reasons that will make you think twice about going down that path.

Your Brain Actually Shrinks While You Sleep To Help You Learn
While you sleep, your brain rests and prepare for the next day. You aren’t preoccupied with external stimuli, and your brain can normalize itself so you can learn new things. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, this article could easily give you some motivation to do so.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 162017
 

Have you been pursuing a dream, vision or goal, and suddenly hit a brick wall? All of a sudden, your progress has stopped or plateaued. Has that ever happened to you? I think it would be unusual if it hadn’t. Progress rarely is constant or happens in a straight line. Read the accompanying article, 2 Steps Forward, 1 Back… Master the Dance of Change.



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Have you been pursuing a dream, vision or goal, and suddenly hit a brick wall? All of a sudden, your progress has stopped or plateaued. Has that ever happened to you? I think it would be unusual if it hadn’t.

Progress rarely in a straight line. It’s like a child learning how to play with building blocks. They put one on top of the other, and but they rarely line up perfectly on top of each other. Instead, they set a few up, and then one or two fall down. It gives you an opportunity to find a better alignment and stability for the ones farther up. Sometimes, every time you set those same blocks, they fall down. It means that there needs to be some adjustment made to progress.

Have you ever been on a diet? If so, you’ll notice this when you’re on a diet, and you plateau on your weight. It’s frustrating, but this is just your body get adjusted to your new normal. Be patient and persistent. Soon, the scale will show lower numbers again.

Progress is like a steep set of stairs. When you climb a few, you have to stop to catch your breath, rest, and let your legs recover. You haven’t reached the top, but having to rest is no excuse to give up and descend back to the bottom. Instead, after you rest, you climb a few more.

They’re an old saying, “Practice makes perfect.” I think it’s incorrect. I think it’s more, “Practice makes progress, not perfection.” When your progress has plateaued, persist in your practice. Catch your breath, then keep going. You’re getting stronger, adjusting to your new normal, and getting prepared for your next leap forward.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 122017
 

Sparks of InsightWhen you’re using an affirmation of “I am now…” if your conscious mind objects to it with “This isn’t true,” or “Who do you think you are,” change the affirmation to one of “I’m choosing.” By doing this, you’re taking it from having the object in the present to having the freedom to choose something different. The conscious mind generally won’t complain about that, and it’s much more empowering.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 112017
 

Rainbow at Snowbowl14 Ways Positive People Separate Themselves From Negative Energy
Negative people can be found everywhere, complaining, hurting others, and putting others down. It’s hard to stay positive when you’re surrounded with this type of energy. But there are ways to deal with the negativity of others and stay positive.

There’s a scientific explanation for why you’re a morning person or night owl — but it’s possible to reset your internal clock
Some people are larks (morning people) and some are night owls. This is due to a natural internal clock that affects when they’re alert or sleepy. Also, most people’s internal clocks tend to be longer than our normal 24-hour day. If you want to reset your inner clock, try the suggestions in this article.

Got 99 Problems? Use This Surprising Trick To Make Good Decisions
Decisions are difficult, because we’re pulled in several different directions and there are a lot of factors to consider. Knowing which direction to go can be the difference between success and failure in your work and life. Instead of trying to be detached and analyze the problem, this article suggests you use your emotions to help you choose a course of action.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart