Apr 122019
 

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5 Reflective Questions to Discover Who You Are and What You Want
Self-awareness is necessary for you to grow as an individual and reach your potential. Reflection, not introspection, is the road that takes you there, as it brings insight. Use these questions to stir up reflection and insight, so that you become more authentic.

How Do I Change for the Better? 11 Little Things to Start Doing Today
Most people would like their lives to improve in some way. But all they do is wish for it, without putting any thought or energy into making it happen. When you take charge of your thoughts and actions, your life changes in response and you become a better version of yourself.

15 Secrets To Create And Maintain A Positive Outlook
The one thing you have control over is your thoughts. You choose your attitude. With a more positive mindset, you take actions that are more beneficial for you, and your life reflects that change. So you have a lot of power over how your life unfolds. Here are some tips on how to improve your mindset and your life.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 012019
 

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How To Tell If Your Perfectionism Is Normal Or Unhealthy
Perfectionism puts an incredible pressure on you. But there are some differences between useful and unhealthy perfectionism. If unhealthy perfectionism is taking over your life and causing you distress, there are some steps you can take to let go of to start feeling better.

Self Esteem Vs. Self Confidence
Self-esteem and self-confidence are two different things. Self-confidence is relatively easy to build, while self-esteem is more complex. This article explains both and gives some simple tips on how to them.

How to Successfully Handle Aggressive and Controlling People
Most of have to deal with intimidating people at some point of our lives. They may be coworkers, bosses, or family members. With some consideration, you may be able to approach them differently so that you have a handle on the interaction. One thing I especially like in this article is its list of your fundamental rights.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Oct 122018
 

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Psychology has identified three mindsets shared by people who actually follow through on their goals
Your mindset will determine whether you’re successful or not. It determines whether you’ll keep going when the going gets tough and whether you believe in yourself and what you’re doing. And one piece of good news is that you can change your attitude. It’s not set in stone. This article shares 3 tips on how to shift your attitude so that it supports your goals.

7 Scientific Benefits of Reading Printed Books
I much prefer reading a print book because I like the look and feel of it. Recently, people have been going back to reading printed books, and there are scientific reasons why that’s a good thing. They’re better for your brain and your health. Find out the reasons why printed books are better for you than ebooks.

17 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself
The best person to be your friend is yourself. When you treat yourself as you would treat a good friend, your self-worth increases. In order to do that, you have to treat yourself with kindness. The only person you’re going to consistently have in your life is you. Wouldn’t you like to have a good relationship with that person?

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

3 Reasons to Acknowledge and Appreciate Yourself

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Sep 112018
 

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“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” William James, pioneer in psychology

Most of us tend to be hard on ourselves. We’re highly self-critical, paying more attention to what we haven’t done than what we have. Although we think this helps push us to be better, to achieve our goals, it actually does the opposite. Criticizing yourself is demoralizing and discouraging, and it undermines your motivation and productivity. It makes you feel unworthy and like you’re never good enough. Being self-critical can paralyze you rather than boost you to get more done. It also disconnects you from your inner self and the Universe, making it harder to access your intuition or activate the Law of Attraction.

We’re also taught not to blow our own horn or shamelessly shout our own praise to the world. That’s considered to be prideful and self-centered. So we tend to hide our accomplishments and brush aside compliments. At the same time, we secretly crave acknowledgement and appreciation. These are normal and appropriate desires. It’s only when we abandon ourselves to seek approval from others that these natural impulses can become toxic.

What It Means to Acknowledge Yourself

But how can you find the appreciation you crave, when seeking it from others is disempowering? And how can you drive yourself without making yourself feel insignificant for not doing enough? The way you find this satisfaction is by acknowledging yourself and your accomplishments. When you do, you’re not being conceited or vain, but being honest about your efforts. Acknowledging yourself has nothing to do with building up your ego to feel better than someone else. It has nothing to do with anyone but you and what’s right about you. This is the way the Universe has always seen you.

By acknowledging yourself, you are simply recognizing your authenticity and accomplishments. You give yourself credit for what you do and who you are. This connects you with your center and the Universe, which has always believed in you. You also have more clarity to direct the Law of Attraction. As you support yourself with this kindness and honesty, you validate yourself and accept that you have value.

The Reasons to Acknowledge Yourself

One of the things I do with clients is to have them acknowledge themselves and celebrate their accomplishments. Most of the time, they don’t realize how much they’ve done or how things have changed until we do this exercise. The following are tangible benefits of acknowledging yourself.

1. Raises your self-esteem. Your self-esteem derives from your sense of how much you respect yourself. When you begin to notice what’s good about you and what you have attained, your self-worth rises and you self-image improves. You believe more in yourself and your abilities, which mean you are willing to expand out of your comfort zone.

2. Increases your motivation. Don’t you want to do more when you feel like you’re making progress? For instance, you start to go through a pile of papers, filing things, and once you see how much you’ve whittled it down, you want to do more. The same is true when you pay attention to even the small wins in a day. It energizes and inspires you. You feel encouraged and to reach for more.

3. Improves your mood. Don’t you feel good when you check off tasks that you’ve completed? It activates the reward circuit in the brain and triggers the release of pleasure chemicals. The same is true when you celebrate your efforts. You feel better about yourself and life, and have more resources to deal with challenges.

Give yourself permission to celebrate who you are and your accomplishments. Consider your good qualities, your efforts, and your progress. By making this a daily practice, your life will be richer and happier. You’ll be meeting one of your deepest needs and empower yourself to fulfill more of your potential. The Universe would approve. What can you do today to acknowledge yourself?

Affirmation:

The Universe appreciates me just as I am. It believes in me and knows that I can achieve whatever I desire. I now give myself permission to acknowledge what’s good about me and the good that I do. I know that the Universe approves of and supports me in this activity.

Watch the accompanying video, How to Raise Your Self-Esteem by Acknowledging Yourself.

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, apply for her complimentary "Clarify Your Vision" consultation at http://www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/coaching.shtml

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Aug 102018
 

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Prioritization – More Important Than Any Productivity Technique
Productivity doesn’t mean to get more tasks done. That’s just a way of staying and looking busy and it’s neither efficient or effective. True productivity means to get the most important task done. The one that will drive you closer to your goal. To that end, you need to prioritize what is most important and do that task first.

How to Support Yourself When Your Emotions Don’t
Our emotions are valuable because they provide us with important information. But sometimes our emotions steer us down the wrong path, and we can make self-destructive decisions based on them. This article explores how to determine when our emotions aren’t being helpful and what we can do in that case.

Take a Mindful Moment: 5 Simple Practices for Daily Life
From frustrating to impatient, your experiences each day give you opportunities to practice mindfulness. And it doesn’t need to take much time to reclaim your calm and reason. It just needs a bit of consideration and practice. Explore these simple practices to breathe more peace into your day.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jul 122018
 

MeditateFeeling Stressed? Try These 3 Meditation Techniques
There’s no question that stress negatively impacts your personal and professional lives. But there are some simple ways to take a mental time-out that can rebuild your inner resources. Incorporate these meditation practices into your daily stressful situations. They’ll keep you focused and help you relax.

How to Build Self Esteem (A Guide to Realize Your Hidden Power)
Self-esteem is a driving force behind our confidence, how we see and feel about ourselves, and encompasses our sense of value, significance, and self-worth. Research has shown that over 80% of people struggle with varying levels of low self-esteem. This article’s 6 steps will show you the things you can do right now to improve your self esteem. This will allow you to realize your hidden potential and your self worth.

9 Telltale Signs You’re Dealing With an Inauthentic Person
There is no skill more important to success than being able to detect who is sincere and who isn’t.
Authentic people are self-aware and accept themselves. Inauthentic people are fake and suffer from crippling insecurity. Some of the characteristics of an inauthentic person might surprise you, because they can be so deceptive. But knowing and understanding who they are can save you a lot of heartache.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jul 062018
 

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Studies find confidence is closely associated with success. Fortunately, confidence is something that you can cultivate and improve. You can choose to expand your confidence by being willing to try and fail. Learn from it, rinse and repeat. This article shares 3 ways that you can build your confidence.

How Self-Reflection Gives You a Happier and More Successful Life
Self-reflection allows you to assess whether you might be going in the right direction for you, or if it’s time to make a different choice. When you take the time to learn from your mistakes, you have a greater chance of avoiding them in the future. Self-reflection also improves self-esteem and self-confidence. This article explores the importance of self-reflection and gives you a step-by-step guide about how to do it.

3 Essential Steps To Becoming More Authentic In Life And Work
Many people crave to be more authentic in their personal and professional lives. They want to stand up and be themselves, without fear of reprisal. But they hide who they are so they don’t alienate people. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips on how to be more authentic, allowing you to explore what it means to you.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Apr 132018
 

Sparks of Insight“No part of my mind is affected by others’ negativity. I remain connected with my True Self. I recognize that they have their own issues, and those problems have nothing to do with me. ”

So many times, you’re influenced by other people’s negative moods. It can be hard not to be, and it’s tempting to try to change them so that you feel better. But they have a right to feel bad, and they have to learn how to work their way through it for themselves. It’s their issue, not yours. Many times, trying to change their mind will just make the problem last longer or get worse. Detach from it (and them, if you need to), let them have their mood, and don’t let yourself get caught up in it.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Break Free from the Prison of Conformity

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Mar 072018
 

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prison-539636-smWhen Miriam was growing up into a teenager, she craved to fit in. She submitted to peer pressure to conform to the norms of the group. Just to have a date, she would go out with guys she didn’t like. Although she loved art, she took home economics in high school because it was expected. When she tried to stand out and show her creativity, she was accused of showing off and faced criticism and derision from her family.

Maturing into adulthood, Miriam brought those painful lessons into her personal and professional life and she complied what others wanted. But her desire for approval, and submitting to be average, didn’t give her the opportunity to thrive or explore her talents. She became more and more unhappy.

It can be less stressful to conform, because you don’t have to make decisions for yourself. You follow along with the herd. When you yield to others ideas, you allow them to set your agenda. You’re accepting their goals and vision as your own and abdicating your potential so that you avoid attention. For many people, this is fine. They’re content to set themselves on autopilot and sleepwalk through life. It frees them to spend their energy on family, hobbies and activities that they enjoy.

But if you’re pursuing a dream, or want to fulfill your potential, conformity breeds mediocrity. You do just enough to get by, and fall back onto what’s worked before, even if the situation is different. Although it’s important to utilize proven methods to make things easier, blindly relying on old ideas stifles innovation and progress.

And conforming to others ideas signals the Law of Attraction that you’re willing to settle for less than the best. So when you want to manifest something better, you already have a stronger instruction that undermines that desire. It will draw to you only what fits into your limited vision of what is acceptable.

Eventually, the discomfort of conforming became too strong for Miriam. She decided to be authentic, follow her own path and take art classes. It wasn’t easy. Although some of her friends encouraged her, loved ones tried to convince her to retreat back into what they wanted her to be. They were uncomfortable with this new person who didn’t accept their authority over her.

It takes courage to break free of conformity. You may face opposition from the environment, colleagues, friends or loved ones, as Miriam did. They know how to relate to the old you. The new person doesn’t fit their ideas of who you are or who they want you to be. They may object and try to pressure or manipulate you to return to what they expect you to be.

As you reject conformity, you may feel the Universe is against you, because difficulties may rise up. But the Universe is on your side and supports you. The problems are caused by your subconscious being concerned for your wellbeing. Old habits and ideas are working their way to the surface to be acknowledged and released. Persist, and the challenges will begin to melt away.

As you leave conformity behind, you reclaim your authenticity. You start to make your own decisions, are accountable for them and follow your own agenda. It’s more important for you to be true to yourself than to accommodate others and make them comfortable. This also means you establish and live by standards that are right for you. For instance, if you resent your brother using your garage for his storage, you give him a time limit to find another facility.

As a result of Miriam turning her back on conforming to what others expected of her, she became a successful artist. Not only did she work in watercolor, but the lessons she’d learned in home economics allowed her to become a fabric artist. In her new life, she was finally able to thrive.

Conforming doesn’t allow you to evolve into the person you want to be or are destined to be. It constricts and restricts you to the prison of other’s expectations. To fully thrive and pursue your dreams, you have to risk becoming more authentic. It means a big shift for you, but you are rewarded by becoming fully and completely your own person.

Affirmation:
I know the Universe wants the best for me. I now expand my ideas to accept the best that Life has to offer. I let go of any need to conform to anyone else’s ideas about me. The Universe has a perfect idea of who I am, and I begin to accept and expand into that greater idea. I allow myself to become the person the Universe destined me to be.

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, apply for her complimentary "Clarify Your Vision" consultation at http://www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/coaching.shtml

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Jan 262018
 

Step Through WoodsFrom Zilla to Chill-a: What To Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed (…By The Good Things)
We’re used to dealing with life when we have a myriad of difficulties. But when we have a plethora of good happening, we tend to get overwhelmed. It stirs up feelings of unworthiness and guilt, and we start to sabotage ourselves. Here’s some good advice from someone who found her way through. But her suggestions can also be used for when you’re just plain overwhelmed.

5 Suggestions for Setting Realistic Expectations for Yourself
Many people have unrealistic expectations for themselves and their lives. They expect idealistic outcomes in a specific way every time. And if they don’t get their perfect result, they feel like they’ve failed. Talk about pressure. Instead of undermining yourself at the start, use these ideas to establish reasonable expectations for yourself so you can be more flexible and happier.

Personal Boundaries 101 – Part 1
We all need personal boundaries so that people know what their limits are with us. Boundaries keep us safe and teach people how to treat us. Our well being is our responsibility and boundaries are a way to take care of it. This article has 3 great questions to help us define and describe what our boundaries are. When implemented, you’ll feel more comfortable and freer.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart