Jul 042019
 

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Don’t Like Meditation? Try This Instead
Many studies show that Mindfulness Meditation can improve concentration, creativity and give you a new perspective on finding solutions. But people shy away from meditation, either because they don’t have the time or they’re intimidated by the idea. You don’t have to find a quiet space and empty your mind to have the benefits of meditation. This simple exercise can allow you to get the benefits and fit into your day.

6 Myths and 6 Truths About Perfectionism
Unfortunately, many cultures encourage a toxic view that perfectionism is beneficial. It doesn’t help you to be or do better. You’ll never be able to reach that impossibly high standard. And failing that creates a sense of shame. Stop chasing after perfectionism and understand the uncomfortable truths about it.

119 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier
We all strive to be happy, but sometimes we fall short of that goal. It doesn’t mean it’s unreachable. It just means you need to implement some new strategies. This article has investigated research on the subject and brought together tested ways you can incorporate into your life. It covers 9 different areas of your life that you can address.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

As a vision strategist, speaker, coach, and hypnotherapist, Linda-Ann Stewart helps women entrepreneurs and businesswomen who feel stuck to get a clear vision, focus on strategies, and gain control so they’re able to
accelerate to the next level of their business. Sign up for her FREE guide, Take Control of Your Day.

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Jun 072019
 

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How to Regain Your Energy Throughout Your Day
An M.D has identified seven types of rest you need to stay healthy and productive. When she helped her patients with them, it improved their overall health. She asserts that sleep isn’t the same as rest, and replenishing these seven areas will restore your balance. In this article, each type has a specific tips on how to reestablish your energy.

Forget time management: focus on energy management
We all have a limited number of hours we can work before we get worn out. Research shows that today’s creative or information driven worker are only productive for about three hours a day. It just takes too much focus and thought. There’s more to productivity than putting in hours. Here’s how to work smarter, not longer.

7 Mental Hacks to Be More Confident in Yourself
Confidence is the cornerstone of leadership. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can others believe in you? Here are seven ways FBI agents learn to boost their confidence.Each tip has a way for you to apply it in your life. I especially love the one about thinking more positively.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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May 102019
 

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How to Make Mindfulness Part of Your Daily Routine
Instead of running on autopilot, you can train your brain to be more self-aware. This is a key skill for leadership by impacting your career and improving your performance. Learning mindfulness allows you to rewire your brain for the self-awareness that can lead to greater success.

6 Habits That Will Help You Build Mental Strength
Life happens. You’ll experience substantial stress from major events at times in your life. Being able to deal with it and recover quickly requires mental strength and resilience. Improving your mental fitness means you can be more resourceful and handle stress more calmly. As you establish these 6 habits, you improve your mental ability to handle opportunities and challenges.

How listening to music ‘significantly impairs’ creativity
This was a surprise to me. Although I knew I couldn’t be creative with music with any vocals, this research contradicts the popular view that music enhances creativity. Psychologists investigated the impact of background music on performance. Apparently, background music, with or without lyrics, significantly impaired people’s ability to complete verbal tasks.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Apr 262019
 

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3 Ways to Make a ‘Breath Break’ Part of Your Daily Routine
The practice of focusing on your breathing to be calmer and reduce stress has lots of research to back it up. But you get wrapped up in your daily race and forget to begin the day with this valuable strategy. What about fitting in during your day, whenever you get stressed or overwhelmed? It only takes a minute or two to do and will bring you valuable benefits.

Start the Day Strong With This 2-Minute Mindfulness Exercise
Do you start your day by hitting the floor running, and then berate yourself for not setting things up the night before? A bad mood is not a great way to start the day. But you can rewire your brain to more greatly appreciate your strengths and improve your overall mood. Using this simple technique can increase your happiness, self-confidence and self-esteem. It’s worth it to practice this a couple of minutes a day.

Why Physicists Say Your Brain Might Be More Powerful Than Every Computer Combined
Human brains may be quantum computers, which would mean you’re way smarter than any AI. AI fail at many tasks that human brains perform instantly. So, even though computers are taking over many mundane jobs, they’ll never be able to replace the human brain. Read how you can improve your brain in the areas that computers cannot compete with.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Nov 092018
 

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10 Simple Steps to a Happier You
Everyone wants to be happier. But unfortunately, many people pick the wrong road to happiness. They indulge in unhealthy pursuits that just create more loneliness and disharmony in their lives. But there are some easy ways to cultivate happiness in your life, and this article describes several of them.

You Can’t See the Forest for the Trees!
Sometimes you can’t see the real issues while you are in the midst of them. You lack perspective to view the whole picture and this can cause you to make decisions or take actions that aren’t constructive. Being able to recognize what can lead you into the forest can help to get you out of it.

Science says: Intelligent people sleep late, leave a mess everywhere, and swear a lot
It’s hard when you just don’t conform to society’s standards of what’s appropriate. But it’s delightful when science comes along and confirms that some of your faults actually are a sign of being intelligent. If you do any of these (or all), enjoy these studies showing that they’re a result of high intelligence.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Nov 022018
 

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How a Brain Dump Can Unlock Your Creativity
Science is finding what creatives have always known. You can be more creative when you don’t have a lot on your mind. Fortunately, with practice, you can learn to clear your mind so you can be more creative. For instance, meditation and mindfulness help to retrain your brain to be more focused on the task at hand. This article gives four other ways to clear your mind so you can be more innovative.

How to Take Action Every Day: 5 Powerful Habits
To change your life, you have to be consistent with your new habit. Unfortunately, after a few days, most people fall back into the old rut. Just think of any New Year’s Resolution. This article gives some common sense tips that work to help you stick to your decision to make a particular change in your life.

Office workers report increased job control after using meditation app
Stress is a major contributor to mental and physical ailments. It’s well documented that meditation can reduce stress, but many people don’t know how to practice this technique. Researchers decided to study if a meditation app could help people learn meditation and reduce the effects of stress. Not only did it improve the health and well being of office workers, it gave them a better sense of control at work.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Sep 072018
 

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Never Mistake Activity for Achievement
Just because you’re taking action doesn’t mean you’re accomplishing much. Take multi-tasking. You’re always in motion, but don’t actually get much done. Learn 4 tips on how to accomplish more from a famous basketball coach’s model.

The Psychology Behind Messy Rooms: Why The Most Creative People Flourish In Clutter
I have to admit, I’m not the neatest person. I like to have my projects out in the open so they stay top of mind. Now research seems to be bearing out the idea that too much tidiness and organization can stifle creativity. This is a very entertaining article exploring the idea that messiness may help innovation.

8 Keys to Handling Adult Bullies
I don’t know about you, but I’ve encountered bullies in my adult life. I’m sure you have, too. And sometimes, it can be confusing as to how to deal with them. However, it is possible to get them to respect you. This article gives you some great direction on how to handle these challenging people and stay safe.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jul 202018
 

rainbow-double-pT5rEGracHow a Brain Dump Can Unlock Your Creativity
Anyone who is creative knows that the more you have weighing on your mind, the less creative you are. Now there’s research backing this up. But researchers have also found some remedies for clearing the clutter out of your mind so you have more space to create. Meditation and mindfulness are a couple of those ways. This article gives a few other tips on how to clear your mind.

When To Say Yes To The Messy Desk
Tidiness and organization has been the fast track to success, if you believe conventional wisdom. But recent research shows that having a clean desk or room influences people to conform more to the norms. And a cluttered desk or room inspires people to be more innovative. This article describes other benefits to both types of environments.

8 Ways to Test Your Stress Mindset
How you view stress can influence how it affects you. Although chronic stress can be unhealthy, if you shift your attitude about it, you can reduce some of the damage. When you’re able to consider pressure as beneficial, then it can help you in your health and life. This article shows 8 ways to test your stress mindset.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Break Free of Perfectionism

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Mar 132018
 

Perfectionism prevents you from moving forward in your life. It’s an enemy of innovation and creativity, because they start off being disorganized. Progress is messy. And when you try to be perfect, you block your ability to complete anything. Learn how to overcome this undermining tendency so that you can achieve your vision.



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Are you a perfectionist? Trying to get everything perfect before you move on? Is it successful? I’ll bet probably not. That’s because perfectionism is an unreachable goal. It doesn’t serve you or allow you to thrive. It holds you prisoner to its demands. And it lies when it lures you with the idea that it helps you to excel. It doesn’t. It can actually derail your ability to excel Perfectionism and excelling are two different things. Perfection is a dead end. Excellence can always be improved.

I’m Linda-Ann Stewart, a vision strategist. For almost 30 years, I’ve been a hypnotherapist. Clients came to see me to create change in their lives. Early on, I discovered that they had to also have a vision of where they wanted to end up with that change to be truly successful. Now, as a vision strategist, I help women entrepreneurs get a clear vision, get focused on its strategies and get back in control so they’re able to accelerate to the next level of their business.

Voltaire said,”Perfection is the enemy of the good.” It’s also the enemy of innovation and creativity. Because those are messy and disorganized. They’re designed to create order out of chaos, but first chaos has to reign. I understand if you’re just shuddering as I mention that. I’ll bet it goes counter to everything you’ve believed.

As an example, an artist friend of mine was blocked. She specialized in oils, and wanted her paintings to be perfect. So she’d work and rework parts of her paintings and had gotten to a point where she wouldn’t complete one. To break through this block, and loosen up, she decided to take a watercolor class from a friend.

She was shocked to her bones when the teacher started the class by saying, “Give yourself permission to paint the worst picture you ever have.” My friend was almost immobilized by this instruction. “I can’t do that,” she said. “I have to try my best.” After a lot of encouragement, she was finally able to let go and experiment and play. And it made her realize that her attachment to perfection was what was blocking her. And she began completing paintings again.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well?” Many people read that to mean “perfectly.” I prefer the quote by G. K. Chesterton, “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.” If you’re a perfectionist, I’ll bet you just winced. It’s completely opposite of everything you were taught or have done. But I promise, the sky won’t fall if you do something badly. The earth will continue to spin. No one will think less of you. You’re the one who puts that pressure on yourself. No one else cares that much. You’re the one blocking your progress and your vision, like my artist friend was.

When you first start working on something or starting a new enterprise, don’t expect yourself to be perfect. You’re going to do poorly at first. A child doesn’t walk the first time they try, do they? You’re not going to be an expert when you first start something new. Yes, I know that rocks you down to your feet. But you have to practice before you can reasonably expect to master your project. You’ll just have to keep working at it. The idea is progress, not perfection.

But sometimes perfectionists procrastinate or rework what they’ve already done just to avoid completing a project. It keeps them from facing judgement, rejection or criticism. But most of that negativity comes from themselves. Like I said, most of the people who know you aren’t going to care.

Perfection is the enemy of good, progress and achieving your vision. Your path to your vision or completion isn’t going to go in a straight line. It’s going to be messy. Accept it. I know that’s hard. There are going to be setbacks and leaps forward. You’re going to learn along the way and make different decisions. That’s the way progress works. It’s messy.

You can still have high standards. Just have reasonable ones. Don’t sacrifice progress or completion to impossible ideals. If you start procrastinating, then you know that standard is too demanding. Scale back and just start. Take a step. Then another. Keep taking steps until it’s done. Just get it done. Even if it’s badly. You’ll eventually get used to it. And you’ll be more likely to excel, be happier and more successful.

If you’d like tips on how to make your day flow more smoothly, download my free guide, Take Control of Your Day.

Thank you for watching. I know this was hard for you, but I hope you’ve gotten some encouragement to loosen some of your perfectionistic tendencies. Take care.

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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Mar 012018
 

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You know the old saying, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”? This is a fascinating article about how leaders lose mental capacities, most notably for reading other people, that were essential to their rise. As they become powerful, those abilities are no longer necessary. This isn’t just theory, it’s been observed and measured.

Creative Mess, Creative Clutter
Many years ago, I read that clutter gives rise to creativity, because creativity is actually creating something out of chaos. Now there’s some evidence to back that up. This article cites a study that ideas that emerge in a cluttered room are more innovative than those in a tidy one.

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think
This article cites various studies that are showing that silence may actually grow our brains by adding new cells. Quiet also allows you to process information more fully. Silence reduces stress and improves cognition, among other things.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart