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Road to SuccessProductivity 101: A Primer to The Pomodoro Technique
This is a technique to improve your productivity, creativity, concentration and reduce distractions. It’s one I recommend to my coaching clients. This particular version of it uses a specific timer to time your task. This article’s instructions are clear and fun.

What To Do When You Feel Like You Haven’t Accomplished Enough
It’s easy to feel like you haven’t done enough when you compare yourself to someone else. You know you’ve made a lot of progress in your life, but still feel like you’re lacking. This article gives you some specific tips on how to overcome that feeling and recognize your success.

This Weird Tip Can Help You Clear Your Mind
Everyone gets bogged down when they’re working on a project or focus for too long. It’s hard to continue to be creative and innovative when you feel that way. One of the things I do is walk away from it for a few minutes. But this article gives a quicker way for you to get refocused and back on track.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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 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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Jan 202017

Sparks of InsightYou move in the direction of where you put your attention. And the Law of Attraction uses your focus to create your good. “Energy flows where attention goes.” Have you been putting your attention on what you want or the direction you want your life to go? Or have you been focusing on what you fear or what’s behind you? To determine where you’ve been focusing, all you need to do is look at your life. Life leaves clues about this. It gives you valuable feedback that you can use to shift your attention to create what it is you want.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Nov 232016

GC-S.KaibabTr-OohAah-sm-0888How To Remember 90% Of Everything You Learn
Whether you’re learning Spanish, a new instrument, or a new sport, you could benefit from accelerated learning. But the problem is, there’s only so much time in the day. The key to accelerated learning is not just putting in more hours, but maximizing the effectiveness of the time spent learning. It explains the best ways to learn so you remember.

Being Positive Is Not For the Faint Hearted
Does the news leave you feeling depressed or drained? Researchers find that the news can increase anxiety and depression, shape your sense of identity and affect your beliefs about humanity. But rather than avoiding the news, seek stories that uplift you. This video and tip sheet will help you find ways to use the news to enhance your life.

New Finding: Different Types of Exercise Affect Different Parts of Your Brain
There are numerous reasons to exercise, from becoming more fit to being healthier. But exercise can also improve your brain. Exercise can improve your memory and attention. This article examines the different types of exercises and how they affect different areas of the brain, giving you even more benefits.

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Nov 042016

Sparks of Insight“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset

Are you paying attention to your goals and vision, or are you focused on fear and obstacles? There’s a saying, “Energy flows where attention goes.” It’s a psychological truth. Where you put your attention drives the actions you take. So you either avoid risk because you focus on fear, or you expand your comfort zone because your attention is on the possibilities. The Law of Attraction doesn’t care which you focus on. It will simply give you what is in your field of vision. So pay attention what you pay attention to.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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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

Are We Losing Our Ability to Concentrate?

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Jan 072015

According to Daniel Goleman’s book, Concentrating on Chess GameFocus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, due to our obsession with multitasking, the internet, social media and cell phones, we’re losing our ability to concentrate. When we constantly check our email, read tweets, or play an online game, we get a jolt of adrenaline. It feels good every time we do and it lights up our brain’s reward circuits. We can’t stay focused on one thing too long or we get itchy for another rush. But it also undermines the ability to focus for any length of time.

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence also says that the good news is that within a short time of slowing down and not jumping from one thing to another, we regain the ability to pay attention. Our focus and concentration improves within a couple of weeks. When we run from one activity to another, we train ourselves to do more of it. We’re training ourselves to be ADD. But the same is true when we let go of the obsessive need for stimulation. As we break the addiction, we train our minds to focus for longer periods of time.

To accomplish more, reduce stress, and be calmer, we need to reduce the number of times we check our email or cell phone. Within a couple of weeks, notice the difference. We’ll get more done, be healthier, feel better and be able to focus on a chess game or reading a book.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Nov 042014

Question: Why hasn’t my situation changed after my repeating affirmations for five weeks?Sunset Crater, Flagstaff AZ

Answer: From my own experience, when you’re making significant changes, it may take the subconscious some time to do so. At one point in my life, I remember it took about four months of daily affirmations before I saw results, but the results were staggering. You have to continue affirmations even after you start to lose faith, because the follow through also impresses the subconscious.

Also, you need to let the subconscious mind do its work. If your conscious mind keeps asking “when, how?” it draws energy from the subconscious. I know it’s hard not to wonder (believe me, I know), but that’s one of the most important parts of it, and I think, the hardest.

Realize that even  though you aren’t seeing results, the affirmations are working. They’re just making changes in the hidden recesses of your mind, and waiting until you let go of the “when, how?” When you’re able to release the concern about it, knowing that they’re working and will show results, then the subconscious can put all its energy into making the changes.

Any doubt or fear will give the subconscious mixed messages. They tell the subconscious you don’t really want your affirmation, because your focus is on the doubt or fear. Remember, the subconscious manifests what you’re focusing on – whether it’s positive or negative – it doesn’t care. It can only go where you direct it.

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