Apr 212017
 

10 Hard Things You Need To Do For Success (While Many People Are Unaware)
Becoming a success means that you have a steep learning curve. Most people have to fail and learn from their mistakes before they are able to make progress. This article gives some insights and life skills that will help you get there quicker.

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Bad habits keep you from being more productive, achieving your goals or reaching your potential. They can be everything from complaining to multitasking. This article addresses 10 of the worst, and then suggests ways to remedy them.

Hack your brain to remember almost anything
A recent study states that anyone can train their brain using the same tricks as the world’s top Memory Champions. This also reshapes the brain’s networks in the process. Learn the training technique to improve your memory quickly.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Mar 102017
 

Sparks of Insight“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” – Winston Churchill

If you constantly are diverted by each little distraction that arises, you’ll never achieve anything. You’ll be taking your attention off your dream to deal with issues that don’t matter. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be aware of pitfalls, just that unless they’re actually delaying you, move around or through them. Keep on your path, recognize the dogs are around you, but unless one is actually threatening you, just keep going.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Mar 082017
 

by Linda-Ann Stewart

Self-esteem is a basic necessity for all success in personal and professional life. When you like and respect yourself, then you’re likely to make the choices that lead to creating the outcomes that you want. Your self-worth is created by your attitudes about yourself based on what ideas you accepted as a child and the things you tell yourself as an adult.

Your self-image plays a large part in the development of your self-esteem. Your self-image is formulated from your experiences, judgments, labels you’ve accepted, and your talents or your liabilities. These have helped to shape your beliefs about yourself that feed into your self-worth.
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You always act like the person you believe yourself to be. How do you see yourself? Do you perceive yourself as a competent and dynamic individual? Or do you doubt yourself and your abilities? Do you focus on what you’ve done wrong, or what didn’t turn out the way you wanted? This will erode your self-image and contribute to a low self-esteem.

If you have a strong, healthy self-image, then you make healthy decisions that support your vision, dreams and goals. You’ll exercise to stay fit, eat healthy, and avoid substances that would impair your health. These choices may be difficult or inconvenient, such as quitting smoking, ending a one-sided relationship, or finding another job that gives you a better chance to advance in your career. But you protect your health and well-being because you view yourself as someone who is proactive.

Your self-image forms the filter through which you view yourself and how you respond to situations around you. It demands that you remain consistent with your concept of yourself. Suppose you perceive yourself as a supportive person, who likes to make everyone happy. If so, to be congruent, you won’t stand up for yourself when you’re taken advantage of, even at the cost of your welfare.

For instance, Clarisse owned a service-based business. Initially, her attitude was that she offered a service that happened to be a business. With that approach, she was supportive, sympathetic and enabling of everyone who came to her. But her customers took advantage of her after she’d done work for them. After promising to pay, they reneged, saying they couldn’t afford it. Her business began to flounder.

To be successful, she had to shift her view of herself as a businessperson. She realized she wouldn’t be able to help anyone if she wasn’t in business. She changed her inner position to one of being a businessperson who provides a service. With this outlook, she made decisions based on what was good for the business.

To fulfill her desire to be of service to those who needed it, she selectively provided her service pro-bono to a client every once in a while. But they no longer were the majority of her clientele. Her business began to thrive.

Your self-image is malleable. You can impact it, making it stronger and more effective. But to do so, you’ll have to let go of some imbedded, old ideas. They may even be ones that you value, but they’re not helping you or your self-esteem.

Clarisse had to let go of her self-concept of being of service to everyone who needed her. That way was destroying her business. One major change she made was insisting on payment up front. She also set and kept boundaries, in the form of policies. If someone violated a policy, she refused to work with them. And she refused to take responsibility for others’ decisions that prevented them from living up to their agreements with her.

If you want to have more impact, be more effective and more successful, the first place to start is with improving your self-image. Here are a few suggestions of what to do.

1. Let go of the judgments and labels from your childhood. They belong in the past and don’t reflect who you are now. Besides, they were simply someone’s, usually mistaken, opinion and don’t define you in the present.

2. Stop of focusing on what’s wrong with you.
You’ll always be able to find something to criticize in yourself or what you do. Break that habit as it’s not helpful. Instead, focus on what’s right about you.

3. Make a list compliments that you’ve received.
Don’t dismiss them as untrue or someone just being nice. Accept that they’re true of you.

No matter what your dreams, you’ll always make decisions, and act, in alignment with your self-image. To become the person you want to be, and achieve your dreams, you’ll need to change it so it supports what you want in your life. You can do it. Just consider the life that awaits you and stay focused on your dreams.

Affirmation:
The Universe loves and approves of me as I am. I accept my true worth. It’s safe to let go of old concepts that aren’t true of who I am. I now acknowledge the things that I do that are good and right. People like me, and I accept that I am likeable. I now shift my self-image to reflect the person I want to be.

Watch the Monthly Mindset Coaching Tip Video, Meditation to Improve Your Self-Image, that was inspired by this article.

As a speaker, hypnotherapist, and vision coach, Linda-Ann Stewart helps business and professional women who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to create their vision, prioritize, and focus so they increase their productivity, prosperity and peace of mind. If you'd like some help to reach your goals, email her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com with "Complimentary Consultation" in the subject line.
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Mar 022017
 

GC-RimTr-sm-0921If You’re Busy But Still Find Your Hard Work Doesn’t Pay Off, You Probably Lack This Important Skill
Most people get lost in the confusion of their daily tasks. They deal with what’s right in front of them instead of prioritizing what’s important. This article shares a tool to help decipher what tasks need to be addressed more immediately than others.

Going On Vacation Can Actually Change Your Gene Activity
Do you take time off? If you do, you reduce your stress (no surprise) and increase your immune function. Researcher have found that those who went to a meditation retreat, and continued meditating, continued the beneficial effects on their cells for months. Learn some of the other benefits this type of vacation could bring.

Interpersonal Skills: Interpersonal Definition, Communication Skills and Examples
This is an in-depth article concerning leadership and skills you need for success. Some of these skills have gotten lost in our technological revolution. This article will give you some direction on how to cultivate some of those communication abilities so that you connect better with the people around you.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 242017
 

Sparks of Insight“There is a power for good in the Universe, and I am a part of it. Good is present and active in all of my affairs. I open my mind and heart to allow this good to flow through me, to prosper and harmonize every circumstance in my life.”

The only thing that holds back the good of the Universe is your thought. You either don’t believe it can happen, focus on the negative, or you hold onto negative thoughts about yourself and others. Once the way is open, good flows naturally through you and your life. As you affirm that you are willing to open to it, you begin to dissolve the impediments because you’ve changed your focus. And you experience more joy, harmony and abundance in your life.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 242017
 

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Being an entrepreneur can be both satisfying and stressful. It’s hard to stay focused and overcome obstacles that come up. This article gives tips on how to keep your enthusiasm while dealing with the challenges.

You Can Be Mentally Stronger If You Do This Small Act Every Day
When we set big goals but don’t achieve them, it can be detrimental to our self-esteem. Some people don’t set goals for this very reason. But you don’t have to give up on goals. You just have to do it in a more reasonable way. Learn how to do this and where to focus your attention so that you are able to accomplish more.

The 5 Ways To Feel More Relaxed In Just 30 Seconds
There are a myriad of ways to lower stress, but most take several minutes to achieve that state. If you don’t have the time for meditation, yoga or exercise, how do you find a quick fix? This article shares several easy tips to be calmer, more centered and relaxed. And they take little to no time at all.

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Feb 172017
 

Sparks of InsightWhenever you have a problem, you probably resist it, which is a natural response. But by doing so, you feed it attention and energy. “Energy flows where attention goes,” so you’re instructing the Law of Attraction to increase what you don’t want. But every problem has a solution hidden within it. You simply need to let go of your resistance and look at it differently. What would the solution result in? Greater health, prosperity, or harmony? Switch your attention to the solution. Not how it would come about, but the outcome. This stimulates your creative mind to find not only a solution but the gift hidden within your challenge.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 102017
 

Sparks of Insight“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” – Soren Kierkegaard

The Law of Attraction acts on where you’re putting your attention. Your dominant thoughts are whatever you’re filling your mind with. Are you focusing on what you want or on what you’re afraid will happen? Because the Law of Attraction will fill the mold of the thoughts that occupy your mind. It takes as its direction from them. And if you think you’re focusing on what you want, but are angry or judgmental of others, then your dominant thought is what you disapprove of. So you’ll draw more of that to you. Stay focused on your life and what you want, and you will attract that to you.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jan 202017
 

Sparks of InsightYou move in the direction of where you put your attention. And the Law of Attraction uses your focus to create your good. “Energy flows where attention goes.” Have you been putting your attention on what you want or the direction you want your life to go? Or have you been focusing on what you fear or what’s behind you? To determine where you’ve been focusing, all you need to do is look at your life. Life leaves clues about this. It gives you valuable feedback that you can use to shift your attention to create what it is you want.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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How does what I imagine manifest?

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Jan 182017
 

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowQuestion: When I imagine something in the alpha level, how does it happen in reality?

Answer: The alpha level is the state we access in meditation, self-hypnosis, daydreaming or as we’re drifting off to sleep. We’re more inwardly focused on some idea in this state. When you imagine something in the alpha level, you’re giving the subconscious mind specific directions of what you want. The subconscious must accept what you’re impressing, which it always does. EXCEPT, if you negate it with opposite statements during the day, confuse it with a different desire, or not trust it to do what you have stated.

Then, since we’re all connected, once the subconscious has accepted the idea, it then seeks out opportunities to bring it about. Have you ever had the impulse to go to a certain store, only to bump into someone you really needed to talk to?

When you place a desire in mind, trusting the subconscious to manifest it, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to several months for it to come about. When it’s delayed, it’s usually because you have a belief that’s restricting it, or aren’t trusting the subconscious enough. It won’t do anything if you don’t trust it. Start with some small desires to build your faith.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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