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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

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Dec 102015
 

Sun RaysThe 3 Pillars of Excellence
Top achievers, entrepreneurs, and successful people all possess the ability to tap into their inner greatness. This article addresses three common traits that these people have. They are concepts and habits that you can cultivate to help you on your road to success.

People Who Sleep Later Tend To Be More Creative and Smarter
While the early bird may get the worm, research shows there are also benefits to being a night owl and sleeping in late. Some people can’t resist staying up late into the night and insist these those late night hours are the most productive. This article quotes several studies that back up their claims.

The Power of Gratitude: 10 Little-Known Yet Powerful Effects of Gratitude
We all know that an attitude of gratitude is powerful. Its benefits run from improving your mood to improving your health. This article describes several more lesser known benefits from this powerful emotion.

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Nov 102015
 

Sunset Crater, Flagstaff AZGratitude as Science: 4 Paths Lead to Love and Happiness
Even when you don’t feel like it, by going through the motions of gratitude, you can start to feel more grateful. There are four gratitude boosters that you can use each day to uplift you and generate joy. And there are 3 other paths to developing gratitude, and they can rewrite your brain.

New Research Says Overthinking Worriers Are Probably Creative Geniuses
A new study suggests that worriers or people who take a long time deciding are incredibly developed, creative people. Their imaginations are nature’s way to protect the species by solving problems they’re anxious about.

The adaptive mind: Children raised in difficult circumstances show enhanced mental flexibility in adulthood
Although a traumatic childhood can set a person up to struggle in their adult life, it may also also allow them to deal with uncertain circumstances better. That upbringing can make it more difficult to make decisions that are beneficial in the long term, but they tend to handle turmoil better.

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Jul 082015
 

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowThe Number 1 Bad Habit You Need to Stop If You Want to Lose Weight
If you want to lose weight, stop the negative self-talk. Your thoughts matter when it comes to your weight. Learn about a study that shows just how powerful your thoughts are in this matter.

Simple ‘4-7-8′ breathing trick can induce sleep in 60 seconds
Dr Andrew Weil says it works because it allows the lungs to become fully charged with air, allowing more oxygen into the body. This extra oxygen can have a relaxing effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness.

In a Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks Are as Relevant as Ever
Moleskin notebooks have grown in popularity along with technology. And they’re not alone. Paper planners are also making a comeback. A study has even found that students who write their notes retain much more than those who type them.

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May 192015
 

Flagstaff Aspen Rainbow10 Questions To Ask Yourself To Stay Positive When Facing Difficulties
In life, you can’t change events or their outcome. However, you can choose the emotion and meaning you attach to them. By retraining yourself to see the positive in even the most challenging times, you reclaim your power and can come through it stronger than before.

Multitasking Can Damage Your Brain and Career, Studies Say
New studies show that multitasking kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Interacting with multiple devices at once may be changing the way we think and even brain structure. Multitasking impacts a portion of the brain that affect emotional quotient skills responsible for success at work.

Neuroscience on Writer’s Block
More than any other creative pursuits, writers are more prone to being blocked. The article describes 7 reasons why creativity is harder for writers and goes on to give 7 solutions on how to overcome this thorny issue.

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Napoleon Hill “Think and Grow Rich” #11 – Creative Vision

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Nov 142013
 

In this rare video, Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich,” talks about your imagination which builds your plans and purpose. He describes the two forms of imagination, synthetic and creative, and gives examples of each. When you use your imagination, you’re able to formulate new concepts and products which can serve others and bring you ample compensation.



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Make Self-Care A Habit

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Jun 172013
 

Your life is run by habits. One of the habits that is essential, but that is ignored too often, is the one of self-care. It recharges your batteries and helps you deal with the challenges you face. Learn how important self-care is and how you can include it in your life.




~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Stop Multitasking To Reduce Stress, Part 2

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Mar 022012
 

by Linda-Ann Stewart

However, when you’re able to focus on one thing at a time, it allows access to more mental and emotional resources. For example, driving the car without talking on the phone or texting is safer and less stressful than dealing with those distractions. Working on a project without interruptions means you’re able to bring all of your creativity to it.

Being fully engaged in a conversation means you’ll hear what the other person is saying and be able to respond appropriately. If you have to reply to an upsetting email, having the time and space to rationally choose what to say is better than reflexively shooting out a nasty response.

When you learn to be more mindful and more present in your life, you’re able to engage much more of the brain’s creativity, abilities, perspective, problem solving, and flexibility. You open up channels to the Universe and allow more of Its guidance and wisdom into your life.

Take some time to turn off all the technology in your life and shut out the distractions. Focus the light of your attention on one task. Immerse yourself in it.

If it’s washing the dishes, don’t watch TV at the same time or focus on hating the chore. Just do it without giving it much emotional energy or distraction. Consider it time for your mind to recharge without having to think ahead. Just be. The same technique can be used for a project at work, or a task at home.

Instead of tying up so much of your resources in your day-to-day scramble, learn to be more focused and mindful. This allows you to release more of the talents and creativity that are innate within you.

Affirmation

I commit myself to be in the present. The past is over, the future is yet to be. When I have a task, I focus on it and it alone. This gives me more mental, emotional and spiritual resources. It allows me to hear Divine Guidance more clearly and use it to make better choices. So I choose to shut out distractions and be right here, right now.

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Stop Multitasking To Reduce Stress, Part 1

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Mar 012012
 

by Linda-Ann Stewart

Most people are overwhelmed by the amount of distractions in their lives. When you’re trying to work, you’re interrupted by phone calls, texts, or a problem suddenly needing an immediate solution or decision. All of this diverts your attention and keeps you from focusing on one thing at a time.

You’re trying to multi-task to be more efficient and you’re accomplishing exactly the opposite. Your attention is split between all of the distractions, and nothing gets your best effort. So everything suffers from a lack of your full capabilities.

Unfortunately, your fast-paced lifestyle promotes stress and anxiety. This engages the Fight or Flight mechanism that causes you to be in survival mode. Everything that happens is then considered to be a threat. You can’t keep things in their proper perspective.

For instance, let’s say you’re expecting a busy day at work. In the morning, you take the trash bag out of the trashcan and the bag breaks. Now you have to clean it up before you can leave. On the freeway, you’re caught in an unexpected traffic jam and get to work late.

You’d planned to have plenty of time to print out a report for a meeting. But because of the morning’s delays, you’re hurrying to get it done. The printer jams and you’re ready to throw it through the window. Due to the accumulated frustrations, an insignificant problem (the printer) has been blown up out of proportion. It takes on monumental importance, when it actually may simply take a couple of minutes to fix.

When your mental reserves are completely used up and you’re in survival mode, stress monopolizes resources in the brain. It’s like a huge program that consumes all the available memory in a computer. There’s nothing left over to make rational decisions.

Being stressed and in overwhelm means that you can’t think straight, be creative, resourceful, or plan effectively. You’re reacting from your past experience and conditioning and can’t choose a different response.

Copyright 2012 Linda Ann Stewart
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