Aug 252017
 

phone-569669This month, our phone service went down before noon the day before I held my teleclass, Vision Secrets to Accelerate Your Success on August 10th. Both landline and cell services were unavailable throughout the region.

Workers on a local road construction had cut a major fiber optic cable. Fortunately, I still had internet service, since it didn’t run on that cable. For that I was very grateful, because many in the area weren’t as fortunate.

This is not the best thing that could happen the day before holding a teleclass. I choose to use a teleconference line for my classes, rather than a webinar service, because our internet service in rural Arizona can be unreliable. It was ironic that the generally reliable service I’d chosen to use was down for the count.

After a few moments of panic, I remembered that I had a ‘Plan B.’ My teleconference service has a webcall, or VoIP, option. So if the phone company didn’t get the cable fixed, I could use that. Not a great solution, but at least I could hold the call.

Fortunately, they were able to fix the cable about 12 hours after it was cut. So I was able to hold the call as I’d first planned. The teleclass went smoothly and harmoniously, and I breathed a big sigh of relief.

Life doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes there are bumps, and you don’t know why. When this happens, you can get upset, get angry, and waste your energy. Or you can work to figure out what your options are and how you can continue to move forward. How can you make that shift quicker in your life?

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Aug 242017
 

Sunset at Hopi Point at Grand Canyon3 Quick Tricks to Networking for People Who Hate Networking
Networking is a necessary evil for those who are in public relations, own a small business or others. It can be uncomfortable, frustrating and many times fruitless. This video gives some great tips on how to connect more easily and benefit from these events.

How to Program Your Mind to Kick the Bad Habit
Bad habits not only hold us back, but cause us to lose self-respect. But it’s hard to deal with the pain and discomfort of changing the habit, so we keep doing it. Breaking a bad habit can be done, but you have to prepare and plan for it. This article gives 3 great tips on how to start that process and be successful at it.

Why too much choice is stressing us out
Choice is supposed to be beneficial, so we have freedom and autonomy. But realistically, when we have too many choices, it becomes too hard to decide. And many times, we choose not to choose. And when we do, we’re less satisfied. This affects us in our grocery and clothes shopping, as well as when we use dating sites.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Aug 182017
 

Sparks of InsightThe past can’t be changed. But it doesn’t need to affect you any longer. Past experiences created beliefs that developed into attitudes. Attitudes formed into feelings and emotions which prompted certain choices based on them. Those responses then created your experience. You can change the original beliefs to be more self-supporting ones. You have the choice. Your future is shaped by the thoughts that you choose to entertain today.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Aug 182017
 

GC-Sunset-4-16-0742-smScience Knows the 2-Step Process for Breaking the Bad Habits Holding You Back
Habits can be hard to break. And they can be nearly impossible if you just use willpower. But there are better ways. Understand what prompts your habits and deal with them at the core. This article gives a practical strategy to break unwelcome habits and start yourself on a new road.

How to Stop Spinning Your Wheels
We all spin our wheels at some time or other. Either we get stuck in a feedback loop of being upset, or we repeat actions that don’t get us the results we want. This article focuses on the spinning we do when we’re upset, but the suggestions can also work to get us better outcomes in general.

How to to Stop Receiving Offensive Criticism
Everyone has experienced criticism (sometimes unsolicited) that goes over the line into rudeness and beyond. This article is more about how to ask for an opinion in a way that doesn’t open you up for criticism that goes too far. Learn how to ask questions to get helpful feedback and how to handle once you get it.

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Aug 032017
 

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

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Jul 212017
 

Sparks of InsightDo you reject or abandon yourself at times? When someone verbally attacks you, do you defend yourself? Do you allow someone to take the credit for what you’ve done? Do you mentally castigate yourself for minor infractions? If you’re doing this to yourself, why would you expect others to treat you better than you do? Other people take their cues of how to treat you from you. If you aren’t standing up for yourself, against your inner judge, then other people will take advantage of you, too. What can you do to stand by and accept yourself more?

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jul 142017
 

Sparks of Insight“I accept the responsibility for my thinking. Whatever implanted the negative ideas I’ve held is past. I let it go. I now begin a new day, a new life by consciously choosing positive ideas.”

The subconscious acts on the strongest information and conclusions it’s been given. You can update those beliefs, realizing that whatever situation created them no longer needs to affect you. By your making that new decision, the subconscious can then support your new, positive direction.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jul 142017
 

Grand Canyon Sunset - East of Yaki Point15 Small Things You Can Do Every Day To Become Highly Successful
Success doesn’t come when you do one big thing. It comes from the habits and routines you do every day. When you’re intentional about how you spend your time and where you expend your energy, you’ll find your way to success. Learn some of the most valuable things you can do to improve your chances.

How Fake Friends Cause Anxiety And Sabotage Your Success
Do you remember the old platitude, “Birds of a feather flock together”? It’s true. You tend to associate with people who are like you, but you also become like the people you associate with. Being friends with supportive people not only improves your attitude, increases your chances of success. This article gives some clear suggestions on the type of person to avoid if you want to have a happier and more successful life.

5 Habits That Psychologists Link With Happiness
Psychologists have developed some exercises that can increase your happiness. But habits like these are hard to develop. Rituals can sometimes be easier to manage because they’re intentional. They can then develop into habits. Create a ritual of these exercises to improve your mood.

Don’t Push the River

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Jul 132017
 

by Linda-Ann Stewart

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One day, my father and a neighbor left for work at exactly the same time. They entered the freeway with the neighbor’s car directly behind my father’s. My father went with the flow of traffic, not changing lanes in a vain attempt to seek a faster route. The neighbor, however, wove in, out and through the traffic, trying to get ahead.

When my father finally left the freeway about 10 miles later, the neighbor was only one car ahead him. All that effort, stress, and extra gas had resulted in the gain of only two car lengths. Trying to maneuver to get ahead, she’d made very little progress, was frustrated in her attempts and irritated her nerves. She allowed her impatience to make a bad commute into a worse one.

Many times, when you try to compel a situation to move faster than it was designed to, you sabotage your efforts. It can even cause the circumstance to resist and push back. For instance, you can’t convince someone to love, accept or approve of you. The more you try to persuade them, the more you drive them away.

The same is true of not being able to force someone to hire you. You have to let them make the decision to do so. A salesperson that pressures a potential customer to buy their product will alienate that customer. When you try to shove your will onto a situation, you get the opposite of what you want.

By trying to control conditions, you’re tying up your inner resources. You’re stressed by your efforts and it interferes with your innovation, creativity, the ability to listen and to make plans. It also blocks your subconscious from seeking and finding other solutions.

When I was growing up, my mother used to repeat the proverb, “Don’t push the river, it flows by itself.” She explained that, no matter what you did, you couldn’t force the river to flow any faster. I realized she meant to not try to force events to unfold, because all you’ll is to waste energy. For example, have you ever tried to will yourself to fall asleep? The more you try, the more awake you become. You have to let go and allow it to happen.

But, at the same time, you also can’t just hope the river will take you where you want to go. You have to provide the right conditions to maximize your results. For example, to get to sleep more easily, you have to create a calm environment. There’s a fine line between going with the flow and swimming with the current.

If you just drift, the water could crash you onto rocks, or divert you into another tributary. However, if you swim with the current, you’re cooperating with the river and using its energy to propel you downstream. You’re also in better control of where you go. If it tries to tangle you in brush at the bank, you’re able to move away from the trees and back into the flow.

When it seems that no matter what you do, you get swept into eddies at the edge of the river or slammed onto rocks, assess your direction. Somehow, you’re not working with the current and the results are telegraphing that something is amiss. You need to address some aspect of your vision, mindset or plan.

Check your vision. Is it clear enough? Does it reflect what you really want? If it’s your business, do you have a product or service the public wants and needs? Have you communicated it in a way they realize its value? If you have a clear vision, then keep it in front of you every day.

Check your mindset. Do you believe your dream is attainable? Are you inspired to work towards your vision? Do you feel like you deserve what you’re seeking? If your mindset supports your vision, stay focused on where you want to go.

Check your plan. Do you have a step by step plan? Is it right for you? Is it taking you in the direction of your vision? Are you working it every day? If your plan is on track, make sure you’re taking consistent actions to keep you moving forward.

If you’re constantly frustrated with your progress, take a step back and consider. Are you trying to push the river to make it go faster? If so, you’re just wasting energy. Other elements may need to develop before you can get into the center of the channel. Be patient and persistent. When these three key items are aligned, you’ll be in the flow and swimming with the current.

Affirmation:
The Universe isn’t holding my good back from me. It wants me to have all the good I can accept. I now allow things to unfold in Divine Time for my Highest Good. I let go of trying to force events and let the Universe guide the situation. I take the actions I know to take, and align myself with the flow.

Watch this month’s Mindset Coaching Tip video, Stay the Course, which accompanies this article.

As a vision strategist, hypnotherapist, and speaker, Linda-Ann Stewart helps women entrepreneurs and small business owners who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to to get clear, focused and on the fast track to the next level of their business. 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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Jun 302017
 

“A maSparks of Insightn can not be comfortable without his own approval.” – Mark Twain

So many clients tell me that they don’t feel good enough. When you don’t feel like you measure up to some ephemeral standard, you can’t feel good about yourself. Self-doubt, self-criticism, and self-sabotage undermine any feeling of well-being. Whenever you notice you’re putting yourself down, find something in yourself to praise, even if it’s the way your fingernails grow. Choose something within yourself to approve of, for the Universe approves of you.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart