So many stimuli compete for your attention each day that by the end of it, your brain feels like scrambled eggs. You can prevent that from happening by being more conscious of how you divide your attention over specific tasks. Here are three ways to keep your focus flowing.
Negative thoughts only affect you if you give them power. But all too often they catch your attention and disturb your effectiveness. But you have the ability to turn that around and reduce their damage. You have control over your mind, and this article gives you some direction on how to take charge.
The imposter syndrome typically happens to high achieving individuals who have a hard time adjusting to their success. It refers to the fear of being found out that their success is due to luck and not their abilities. This article explores this syndrome so you can understand it more fully and suggests ways to combat it.
Is there a goal you want that you haven’t put any effort towards yet? To achieve your goal, you have to motivate yourself to start taking action. But that’s easier said than done. You have to find what will make it important enough to you to get moving. And then you have to discover how to stay committed. Here’s a strategy that will solve those problems and get you on course to achieving the goal you’ve been dreaming of.
you for joining me. I’m Linda-Ann Stewart, a vision strategist. I’d like to
share a technique I’ve used for thirty years to help clients get themselves
motivated to make massive changes in their lives. It’s called the Stick and the
it’s figuring out what will prompt you to get moving, and what will keep luring
you forward. It’s like a cart driver using a stick to gently urge a reluctant
donkey to start forward, and dangling a carrot on the end of a stick in front
of the donkey to keep them moving. No, I’m not calling you a donkey. But
doesn’t it sometimes feel like you’re stuck and won’t move forward? This
strategy will solve that.
suggest a technique many businesses use. To motivate yourself to do something
you’re dreading, do a cost-benefits analysis. Sounds boring, doesn’t it? But
it’s worked for my clients.
I ask them why they want whatever their goal is. What happens if they don’t get it and what happens if they do? Essentially, you’re figuring out what the costs are to not getting started (the stick), and then what the benefits would be to taking action (the carrot).
the costs, or disadvantages, ask yourself, “What are consequences of
staying on this same path?” “How will I feel if I don’t make this
change?” And, “Where will I be in a year or two years if I don’t
commit to changing?” Those would be the costs of inaction for you. Most of
the time, the answers to these questions will gently whip you into taking
action, even if it’s small and slow.
for the carrot, to lure you forward towards your rewards. To consider the
benefits, turn the questions around. Ask yourself, “What are the
advantages of making the change?” “How will I feel once I’ve achieved
this change?” “Where will I be in a year if I do commit to making a
change?” This helps you to create the vision of what you want. Done right,
it will stir up anticipation, excitement and commitment.
you use both of these, you’ll spur yourself forward and keep going. The stick
simply reminds you of what will happen if you don’t take action, and the carrot
is there to remind you of what’s in store for you when you do.
If you’d like to achieve a 90-day goal more easily, download my free comprehensive Strategic Vision blueprint. You’ll receive the blueprint, as well as tips and directions to support you in you in accomplishing your goal.
Thank you for watching. I hope you motivate yourself to achieve that goal you’ve been dreaming of. I know you can do it.
Question: How can I learn to concentrate better, so that my mind doesn’t wander?
Answer: Do you have a lot of pressure on you? Have you had a lot of stress? These would cause your mind to wander as a way of escaping and having a mental vacation. Have you been doing any meditation, exercise, or any sort of stress reduction techniques? That would be my first recommendation to you.
Secondly, sometimes, the mind gets tired of focusing, and needs some time away from it. Concentrating on one thing for a long period is exhausting, so if you’ve been doing that, start breaking the periods up.
This sounds odd, but simply doing meditation or self-hypnosis each day will give your mind a rest, while at the same time, they help to train your mind to concentrate better.
Goals aren’t enough to move you forward. They run you in circles, keeping you busy, but not really accomplishing anything. You also need to have a reason for them, a destination you’re aspiring to with them. Use the three steps in this article to make this the year you make a difference in your life.
When you set a goal, you’ll probably also need to change a
habit to achieve it. But it’s hard to break a habit and create a new one. And
if life gets in the way, it’s all too easy to backslide. To develop a habit
that lasts, set yourself up for success using the tips in this article.
Are you a half-empty or half-full type of person? The difference between them is how you think during stressful times. If you are a pessimist (half-empty), then you believe that you don’t have any control over what’s happening. If you’re an optimist (half-full), you focus on what you can do to make it better. If you want, you can start training yourself to be optimistic using the resources in this article.
Do you know what your ideal life would be like? I don’t mean
that you’ve won the lottery and are living the life of a multi-millionaire.
That would be nice, I know. But I mean a life that is realistic and that you
can create for yourself through your thoughts and actions.
You’ve already created the life you have now, through your
thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. These have either been programmed in the past
or were of your deliberate choosing. The Law of
Attraction took that programming and brought you the life you now have. To
create your ideal life, take charge and mold your life into what you want it to
As you consider your ideal life, you develop clarity about
what it would consist of. Contemplate a life that delivers all you need to be
happy, healthy and fulfilled. Although it needs to be realistic, don’t aim too
low. Really dream about a life that would bring you joy. Once you’ve begun the
process, it’s time to get specific.
Six steps to create
your ideal life:
Create the vision.
Your vision gives your subconscious and the Law of
Attraction a destination. It’s where you want to end up. As you develop
your vision, consider how your life could flow smoothly. Imagine that all you
need is provided. Reflect on what you want in the way of harmony, health,
travel and relationships. What kind of schedule do you want to keep? This is
the time to really dream.
Focus on one area.
If you try to work on too many goals at the same time, you spread your energy
too thin. Your subconscious and the Law of Attraction will
get overwhelmed. You’ll be able to advance a little bit on some of them, but it
will be so small that you’ll get discouraged. Instead, pick an area that you
really want to change, and focus on that first. You’ll reach it much sooner and
then be able to move on to your next goal.
Develop the steps.
What do you need to do to create your ideal life? Break your steps down into
mini-steps, making them easy to accomplish. How much of it can you achieve in 90
days? Make that your goal. When you have a vision, it may seem too distant and unattainable.
Breaking your vision into 90 day goals makes it much more approachable and doable.
Then attend to your immediate goal every day, accomplishing one task toward its
achievement. This convinces your subconscious and the
Law of Attraction that you really are dedicated to your goal.
visualization. Visualization isn’t just “seeing” something in
your mind. Write out your vision completely, as if you’re scripting it. Include
how you act and feel with it being accomplished. This
gives your subconscious and the Law of Attraction a model to follow. As
you do, you may discover that you want to change some habits or attitudes about
yourself or your vision. Also script how you accomplish your next step. With
this visualization, you’re rehearsing your actions, which make it easier to
follow through with in life. Read your script every day.
Check your progress.
As you move forward, you may get detoured or distracted. This is normal. Life
happens. Every week, take a few minutes to evaluate how far you’ve come and
whether you’re still on course. If not, adjust your course to get back on
track. Plan out your week, and schedule your next steps. Continually committing
yourself to your vision means that you will accomplish it and empowers the Law of Attraction.
achievements. No matter how small the accomplishment, give yourself a
mental pat on the back. It feels good to acknowledge that you’ve taken a step. This
rewards you for your efforts and encourages you to keep going. Since you want
more of those positive feelings, you’ll stay focused on your next step so you
continue to feel good.
As you work through these steps, you’ll discover information
and resources that you need. Your focus allows you to notice ideas that you would
have ignored before. You may also discover you need to shift your priorities or
give up outgrown ideas or relationships to accomplish your vision. You deserve
your ideal life. Open the door to receive it.
The Universe supports my endeavors and helps to keep me focused and on course. I deserve the best life that Life has to offer. I now envision it and give myself permission to open the door to succeed. The Universe empowers me to take each step, knowing that each step brings me closer to my ideal life.
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. To achieve a 90-day goal more easily, sign up for her FREE comprehensive Strategic Vision blueprint at www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/setyourcourse.html. You can contact her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com or 928-600-0452.
VideoComments Off on Guided Meditation to Overcome Resistance to Your Goal
Resistance to achieving a goal is natural. It’s a response of your inner mind to your feeling uncertain about the change that comes with achieving a goal. When you’re committed to a goal, but the resistance persists, it can be discouraging. This guided imagery meditation can begin to dissolve your resistance to moving forward and getting on course.
Thank you for joining me. I’m Linda-Ann Stewart, a vision strategist. I’d like to share a short meditation to help you overcome any subconscious resistance to your goal, vision or dream.
Resistance is natural. It means that you’re leaving your comfort zone, where you feel secure. The subconscious wants to keep you safe, so it creates anxiety and resistance in the form of procrastination, negative self-talk and the like. I’m sure you know what it is for you, right?
Well, though it doesn’t feel like it, your subconscious is performing a service for you. It’s helping you decide if your goal is more important than the uncomfortable feelings that will surface to keep you in place.
If you are committed to your goal, you can use this guided imagery meditation to convince your subconscious of your intent.
If you want, close your eyes. Imagine an image for your resistance, in whatever way your resistance manifests. It could be procrastination, fear, self-doubt, an old belief or something else.
Your image could be literal, or it could be symbolic, like a locked door, an anchor or a wall. It could also be simply a sense or feeling or a sound. Accept whatever image comes to mind. Imagine it bright, strong, and big and close to you.
Now shifting your attention to one side or the other, beside it, imagine an image for your goal, vision or dream. Again, it could be literal, like you accomplishing your goal, or it could be symbolic, like a sunrise. It could be a sense of satisfaction or the sound of people clapping. Accept whatever image comes, but imagine this one is faded, weak and small and a little bit of a distance from you.
Realize your resistance is trying to keep you safe. But it’s doing it now in a way that’s not helpful. You are committed to your vision, dream or goal, and are willing to face the uncomfortable feelings that might rise as you move forward. As they surface, you remind yourself that they’re just your subconscious being concerned for you.
As you understand this, the image for your resistance begins to fade, to weaken, to become smaller and recede away from you, into the distance. It’s served its purpose and knows it’s ok for you achieve your vision, goal or dream. As it fades, your image for your goal begins to become brighter, stronger, and bigger and comes closer to you. It fills your world.
You know the actions you need to take to make this goal, vision or dream a reality. You feel confident and eager to now take the steps necessary to move forward. You take this confidence with you throughout the day and days to come.
Open your eyes.
This meditation won’t do all the work to get you on course. It’s a big part of it, but you actually need to take definite actions, specific ones to move you forward. Actions convince your subconscious of your sincerity and dedication, and ease its concerns about your safety. With that, your subconscious will minimize its resistance and it will help you to achieve your goal.
If you’d to achieve a 90-day goal more easily, download my free comprehensive Strategic Vision blueprint at www. Linda-AnnStewart.com/setyourcourse.html. You’ll receive the blueprint, as well as tips and directions about the 4 vital areas that support you in accomplishing your goal.
Thank you for watching. What actions can you take right away that will begin to dissolve your resistance? Take care.
Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work
Successful multitasking is a myth. You really can’t focus on more than one thing at a time.
It’s not like chewing gum and walking. You’re trying to split your cognitive resources, which means you only have half to give each task. This article goes much deeper into the research and the effects of it, like talking on the cell phone while driving is like driving drunk.
3 Simple Steps to Set Business Goals That FINALLY Come True
Goals are inspired by your wanting to fulfill more of your potential. But sometimes, you get blocked in your pursuit of your goals, feel frustrated and give up. But if you plan for the setbacks, you’ll be able to overcome the obstacles and achieve your desires. Use these steps to keep you on track for your goals.
Stop Chasing Success. Seek Significance.
Success has its ups and downs and is fleeting. It can be alluring to make it your goal. But most people’s inner desire is to have an impact in their world by making a difference. Sometimes this can happen through your job and sometimes it can be found elsewhere. Here are 8 steps to get you started on making the shift from chasing success to seeking significance and have a more fulfilling life.
Fight Exhaustion and Stay Productive at Work with These 12 Essential Tips
Sleep deprivation, stress and burnout contribute to a feeling of exhaustion. Unfortunately, you can’t just take a day or month off to recover every time this happens. You have to force yourself to crawl through it. But here are some ways that you can amp up your focusing abilities and help your body to get more done.
Want To Feel Happier Today? Try Talking To A Stranger
As humans, we’re social creatures and need relationships for health and happiness. Unfortunately, smartphones have created a barrier to establishing and supporting our relationships. They’ve become an easy way to avoid contact. Recent research shows that making a connection with a stranger through a smile or small talk can make your day.
New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy
When you feel bad, it’s hard to imagine feeling good. But you have the power and the ability to do just that. Taking charge and making different decisions that activate your brain’s reward centers will help your happiness in the short term and long term.
6 Simple Ways to Become More Resilient
Resilience allows you to bounce back from challenges more quickly. This trait isn’t something that we have or we don’t. We all have it in some form or other, and it can be developed further. When you follow these tips, you’ll cope with future setbacks more easily.
8 Ways To Improve Your Focus
The average attention span of a human is less than a goldfish’s. And because of technology and our fast paced world, our attention spans are dwindling even farther. To be successful, you need the ability to pay attention. Fortunately, focus is a muscle that you can build if you work on it.
~ Linda-Ann Stewart
7 Natural Ways To Relieve Stress When You’re Juggling A Jam-Packed Life
Stress can prevent you from doing your best and making wise decisions. If you’re having a stress-filled day or week, there are techniques you can used to give you more resources to deal with it. These are simple tips and suggestions to help you ease up and take care of your well being.