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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
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Set Yourself Up for Success

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Jul 042019
 

by Linda-Ann Stewart

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Susan committed to eating a healthier diet and wanted to make sure she’d follow through on her goal. The first thing she did was go through her pantry and threw away chips and anything with sugar. At the grocery store, she bought fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins. She assembled healthy snacks ahead of time, so she’d grab them instead of looking for something inappropriate.

She used hypnotherapy to imagine staying on her plan, resisting temptation and enjoying her new treats. Through this mental rehearsal, she established a new habit and lifestyle, and easily avoided impulse snacking. Because she took control of her environment and developed strategies ahead of time, she created the conditions for success.

This same process can be used for any habit or situation you want to improve, personally or professionally. There’s an old saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” If you leave the details to fate, hoping that you’ll take the right action in the moment, you probably won’t. Either someone else will decide for you, unexpected situations will get in the way, or inertia will keep you in place. And you’ll just fall back on what’s familiar and automatic.

The Problem with Willpower

Willpower will only take you so far. You need to have strong motivation to be able to get yourself moving in a new direction. Usually, your willpower flags if you get tired, stressed, bored or the results don’t live up to your expectations. Think of the last diet you were on. You probably stayed on it for a while and then began to slack off a little at a time. The slide began with Fettuccine Alfredo at the restaurant with your spouse, then birthday cake at your best friend’s party, and finally you gave up when you went on vacation.

Set Up the Conditions to Succeed

Instead of relying on willpower, set up the conditions ahead of time that will get and keep you on track. Do you want to lose weight, start to exercise or make follow up calls for your business? How can you design the situation to ensure you’ll fulfill your intention? For instance, to permanently lose weight, reframing the concept may help. Rather than thinking of being a diet, consider it a lifestyle change. Decide that you don’t eat certain foods or only a moderate amount of them, not only now, but from now on.

To begin an exercise program, get a buddy or schedule reminders in your phone. Set out your clothes or shoes so you almost trip over them. Start small, with a few minutes a day, and then increase the time as you get into the habit. Design the circumstances so that you know you’ll do it with very little effort.

How can you make sure you make those follow up calls? The night before you could decide on the list of people to call and put it on your computer. And you could reward yourself with something healthy, such as a break with your favorite book, when they’re done. Another solution would be to have an accountability partner that you’d call or email when you’ve completed your task.

Figure out how you can set up the situation so that you’ll behave the way you want. Formulate guard rails to keep yourself from drifting off course. Make as many decisions as you can ahead of time, so when a challenging situation arises, you’re prepared with a solution. The main item you need to develop is commitment to your vision, as Susan did. If you want it badly enough, you can create the conditions so that you’re successful.

AFFIRMATION:

The Universe wants the best for me and supports my quest to improve my life. I’m guided and inspired as to how to create the right conditions for me to thrive. Everything I need is already available from the Infinite. I simply need to look for and recognize it. I willingly accept my greater good.

Watch the accompanying video Planning for the Unexpected.

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

Self-hypnosis and distractions

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Jul 022019
 

Question about affirmationsQuestion: How is the best way to do self-hypnosis when I’m concerned about distractions, both internal and external?

Answer: It’s best to do self-hypnosis in a quiet room, with the phone, television, etc. turned off. If you have distracting thoughts, simply recognize that and bring your attention back to the goal of your session. Self-hypnosis is a normal state of mind that you’re in several times during the day, as when you’re daydreaming. It’s simply focusing the mind, and it takes training. As you continue to practice, you’ll get better at being able to focus on the goal of your self-hypnosis. As with anything else, practice makes perfect.

~ 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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How to Forgive and Live a Happy Life Again (A Step-By-Step Guide)
Forgiveness doesn’t give the offender a pass for what they’ve done. The process isn’t for their benefit, it’s for yours. When you carry around that pain and anger, the only person it’s hurting is you. But it’s hard to let it go. Here’s a map on how to do that and free yourself from the past.

7 Ways To Start To Value Yourself
Making yourself a priority is not selfish. Doing so makes sure that you have the energy to then help others. When you make yourself important to yourself, your life and relationships improve. Caring for yourself ripples into all other areas of your life.

How Mindfulness Can Reshape Negative Thought Patterns
Most of the thoughts you have are from the past, ones you’ve had before. Many of them are negative messages you received or developed when you were younger. They repeat, trying to convince you that they’re valid and important, when they’re not. Mindfulness can short-circuit those thoughts and allow you to make a different choice.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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How to Have a Positive Attitude: 6 Tips You Should Use
Being more positive is associated with better health and greater success. But how do you make the change from being a pessimist to being more optimistic? This article is written by a pessimist who does want to make that change, and he approaches the subject differently than most do. His tips are grittier than others I’ve read and make a lot of sense. The good news is, with a bit of work, you can make the change.

How Small, Positive Habits Helped Me Improve My Daily Happiness
Habits contribute to making you the person you are and to the success you experience in life. But many of your habits don’t contribute to your well being. If you can change some of them, in a small way, you can change the course of your life. This article gives you a map to follow to make those changes in a simple way.

Recognizing the Distinction Between Blame and Responsibility
This is an article that is long overdue in coming. I know many people who have a hard time understanding that they aren’t the same thing. Not only do you learn the difference between blame and responsibility, you learn how to choose the one that allows you to find solutions. This approach will help you think more clearly and have a greater sense of well being.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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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

5 Steps to Create a Greater Self-Image

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Jun 062019
 

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Do you identify yourself as a procrastinator, leader or optimist? How you view yourself is a component of your self-image and it affects your decisions and actions. Without being aware of it, you’ll be congruent with how you characterize yourself. For instance, if you consider yourself to be a procrastinator, then your actions will support that belief. It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

But your self-image isn’t set in stone. It can be changed. When it changes, then your actions and decisions change to agree with your new one. To achieve your goals and vision, personally or professionally, your self-image will have to shift. It will have to be in alignment with the person you need to be to accomplish your vision.

For instance, a procrastinator will not be tapped to be a manager, because they won’t have the necessary quality of being proactive. But if you start viewing yourself as proactive, and choosing those actions, you’ll be management material. You’re not lying to yourself in this new view; you’re choosing to behave in a new way.

Improve Your Self-Image

One way to expand your self-image is to imagine your ideal self. This is your vision of who you are in the future, the person you want to be. This is the same concept as having a vision for other parts of your life or your business. With your ideal self, you have a vision of the future you, so you can create strategies to achieve this goal.

This is the person you must be working towards before you can bring your greater vision for your life into being. You may have these ideal characteristics in some measure, but won’t have fully expressed them at this time. They’re qualities you’re aspiring to embody and are still striving to bring into reality. And your choice of traits may change over time.

Here are five steps to help you create the new, ideal you.

1. Select three to five words you want to use to describe yourself. They need to be reasonable and possible for you. These words are different from your values, but may have values inherent in them or made up of them. They’re concepts that reflect the way the Universe views you. And the ideas probably suggest traits of your most authentic self.

For instance, you could want to be:

  • Compassionate, imaginative, and motivated
  • Confident, proactive, and determined
  • Resourceful, trustworthy, and self-disciplined
  • Spiritual, present, and empathetic

2. Ascertain the qualities you need to develop for your words to be true. These will include attitudes, beliefs, habits, and skills that are cultivated and amplified as you work on your overall vision for yourself. What do you need to develop to fully bring these attributes into reality?

For instance, to be self-disciplined, you need to follow through on the decisions and promises you’ve made, even when they’re inconvenient. To be proactive, you take action to bring about specific results, addressing issues before they become a problem. In developing compassion, you choose to consciously seek the good in everyone and be nonjudgmental.

3. Write your words somewhere so you see them daily. This could be on your phone, tablet, computer or taped on the wall by your desk. They’ll remind you what you’re aspiring towards and that their qualities are important to you.

4. When you read these words, feel what they mean to you. This impresses the subconscious and it will take that as direction to become like them. Say to yourself, “This is who I’m choosing to be.” Identify with them because you tend to become what you identify with. Your subconscious wants you to be congruent with your belief about your identity.

5. Commit to acting on your new characteristics.
For instance, to be more determined, persist when the going gets rough. If you want to be more optimistic, and you’ve had several setbacks, choose to believe the best possible outcome. Be consistent with the behaviors, qualities and traits that reflect your ideal you. Over time, they will feel more natural and it will become automatic.

What you’re doing is creating a vision of the best version of yourself. You’re molding your future you into the person you want to be. As you do, you’re becoming the person who accomplishes your goals and vision.

Affirmation:
The Universe approves of me, as I am, and also has an ideal concept of who I can be. It views me as my best self and knows that I can grow into that ideal. It supports me fully in my endeavor to be a better person. I make the choices that reflect my future, ideal self and act on them.

Watch the accompanying video, 3 Exercises to Improve Your Self-Image.

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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Follow These 5 Steps to Radically Transform Your Negative Mindset
Having a negative mindset is a common problem and can hinder your ability to be productive and successful. Your mindset determines how you respond to situations, challenges and opportunities. Made up of your thoughts, 98% are simply repetitions, your mindset can be altered. Use these 5 steps to break out of your habitual negative mindset and reprogram your life for success.

Psychological Secrets to Hack Your Way to Better Life Habits
Habits run your life. Your behaviors rule how much you accomplish and how effective you are. They either help or hinder you as you endeavor to reach your goals. Habits consist of a simple, but extremely powerful, three-step loop. Break that loop, and you can install a new habit that supports you and your goals. This article includes 4 tips on how to ensure the new habit sticks.

Unleash Your Potential
Fear prevents you from taking the next step along your journey or to seize opportunities. However, when you face your fears, you’re able to embrace your courage and potential. This article includes 3 ways you can empower yourself to overcome what’s holding you back and tap into your natural potential.

~ 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

Sparks of Insight

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May 062019
 

Sparks of InsightThe Universe wants the best for you. Since the Universe is expressing as Itself through you, why would It want less for Itself? It can only desire the most joy, harmony and abundance for Itself. Imagine the greatest possible events that could happen in your life. Even better than that is what the Universe wants for you. Don’t fall into the old concept that the Universe is restricting your good, for It couldn’t do that. That would be against Its nature. So begin to visualize the best, highest and greatest things for yourself, and know that they are possible and that you deserve them.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart