Jun 132019
 

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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

May 312019
 

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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

May 132019
 

Optimists aren’t born, they develop the skill over years. They choose to focus on the positive and not the negative. As they do, they develop the habit to look on the bright side. This meditation will help you shift from negative thinking to positive, and to consider the best outcome for you.



Transcript:

Thank you for joining me. I’m Linda-Ann Stewart of Heartvision Consulting. I’d like to share a short meditation with you to help you to train yourself to become more positive. Optimists aren’t born, they develop the skill over years. They choose to focus on the positive and not the negative.

As they do, they develop the habit to look on the bright side. They literally train themselves to seek out the benefit in every situation. What they seek, they tend to find, because they set their subconscious the task to find it. This meditation will encourage you to do that and establish a more positive direction for your thinking.

If you feel comfortable, just close your eyes. Take a deep breath and relax.

Just notice what thoughts are running through your mind right now? Just notice what they are. It may take a moment or two to catch them, because they generally run beneath your conscious awareness. Just allow one of them to surface. Are these thoughts supporting you and your endeavors? Or are they hindering you and holding you back?

If your thoughts aren’t supportive or helpful, don’t accept them simply because you’re thinking them. That doesn’t make them true. What ideas are the opposite of your unhelpful thoughts? What idea would be more positive and uplifting? Once you determine what it is, repeat the positive idea that would be more supportive.

Then, consider what the best outcome for your endeavors would be. Visualize it, using all your senses, feel it. You may become aware of your next step along the way. If there are any challenges in your path, you notice them, deal with them, and move on. You search for and find the best in every situation. You focus and act on the positive possibilities and opportunities.

Whenever the negative, unhelpful ideas surface, or you feel anxious or upset, you bring your attention back to the positive idea that’s more supportive. Focus on it. Repeat the positive idea to yourself and then visualize the best outcome and result.

Open your eyes.

When you practice this short meditation every day, you’ll start to retrain your mind and brain to be more positive all the time. This way of thinking will become a habit for you. And it’s not just your thinking that will be changed. When you’re more positive, you take more action, because you expect it to turn out in the best way possible. This empowers you to make a greater impact in your world.

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

Thank you for watching. What positive thought could you focus on right now? Take care.

Read the accompanying article, How to Train Yourself to be More Positive.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 072019
 

by Linda-Ann Stewart
Brandon Burchard quote
Your mind was programmed in the past without your knowledge. If you have negative programming, it was generally in response to fear, anger or safety concerns. Also, you uncritically accepted ideas from your parents, because you were too young to know any better. At that time, you simply didn’t have the experience to reject their ideas. And then you repeated those concepts until their belief became your beliefs.

As you grew up, you acted on those ideas automatically. By not assessing them to see if you wanted to believe that way, you were simply swept along by your thoughts. Because you haven’t challenged them, your subconscious acts on those dominant ideas and thinks they’re what you want. But you have a choice of what to think and believe. You can take control of your life. It all depends on where you put your attention.

What You Focus on Changes Your Brain

What you focus on grows more brain cells in that area of your brain. When you pay attention to the positive and possibilities, your brain grows more cells that support empowerment and action. You literally rewire your brain, which makes it easier to be positive. It’s a cycle that benefits your moods and mindset, and your thoughts inspire your actions.

So how do you choose your thoughts and program your mind? It’s as simple as it sounds, but not necessarily easy.

1. Become aware of what you’re thinking.
You have hundreds of thoughts running through your head just below your conscious awareness. The point is to begin noticing what they are. Observe your mood, or if you’re avoiding something or taking some action that isn’t beneficial. Then listen to what you’re telling yourself. Because your self-talk, which are your habitual thoughts, will be underneath your attitude or actions.

2. Break those automatic habitual thoughts. Now that you’ve become aware of what you’re thinking, challenge those thoughts. Determine if they’re helpful or not. Just because they’ve been correct in the past, don’t be deceived. Past experience doesn’t make them true. It may be that they were a self-fulfilling prophecy or that you only filtered information that made them appear to be true. Ask, “In what ways could they be false?”

3. Choose what you’d rather believe. You have the power to change your thinking and your focus. Decide what you want to believe. Some people shift from expecting the worst to expecting the best. What would you choose to think? What idea would better support you and your endeavors? What would be the best outcome that you can imagine? When you consider these questions, you set your subconscious to seek beneficial answers and to find opportunities to make them true.

4. Focus on your new belief. Create a positive statement, mantra, affirmation, image or visualization that fortifies your new belief. At the beginning, you’ll have to use it frequently, because the old ideas will surface to test you. When they do, don’t fight them. They’re not “bad.” They are just from an earlier time and want to make sure it’s safe to make the change. Simply substitute your new ideas for the old ones. Repeat your new belief a thousand times a day if needed.

Keep bringing your thoughts back to the positive. The more you do this, the more brain cells you’ll grow that reflect positivity. This will make it easier and easier to find and focus on the positive. It’ll become a habit for you. When you take charge and master your mind, you condition it to be more positive and improve your outcomes.

Affirmation:
The Universe completely supports my decisions and endeavors. It wants for me what I want for myself. It’s safe for me to make the mental and emotional changes that are necessary for me to experience my desire, goal and vision. The old ideas once served a purpose, but they are now outdated. I now choose and focus on ideas and beliefs that are in line with what I truly want.

Watch the accompanying video, Meditation to Train Yourself to Be Positive.

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

How Accountability Can Increase Your Success

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Apr 042019
 

by Linda-Ann Stewart

Percentage of Your Goals

You want to start exercising to improve your health and fitness. But you can’t ever find the time to get to the gym or outdoors for a run. Life tends to push you, solving problems, dealing with issues, and handling crises. And your goal to exercise becomes a casualty.

Or you wanted to put together a new offer or product for your business by a certain date. But because other situations came up, you missed that self-imposed deadline. Life kept you distracted, and you didn’t focus on your offer or make it a priority.

With your life being so full and driven nowadays, it’s hard to set and reach goals. Goals take you off the beaten path, and set you on a new one. That takes energy, attention and persistence, qualities that are hard to maintain in today’s world. But if you are accountable, you can have a 76% greater likelihood of achieving your goal.

What Is Accountability?

Accountability isn’t handing over your responsibility or authority to someone else. Nor is it about blame, shame, guilt, judgment or punishment if you don’t meet your goal. It’s simply a way to keep yourself on track to your vision by committing to a goal, writing it down or telling someone about your plans.

For a goal of your choosing, you aren’t required to justify your decisions, actions or inactions if you fail. However, excuses aren’t acceptable. By being accountable, you’re taking responsibility for fulfilling whatever intention you’ve deemed to be important. You’re communicating to yourself and the Universe that your goal is a priority for you.

Ways You Can Be Accountable and Increase Your Success

Whether you want to change a habit, improve your life or build a business, accountability will accelerate your progress. There are a lot of ways you can become more accountable and some are more successful than others. Here are 5 ways you can be accountable. Choose the one that gives you the best chance for success.

1. Be self-directed. Think about your goal, how important it is to you, and what level of commitment and motivation you’re willing to have. This has the least likelihood of being successful, because it’s subjective and based on your level of self-discipline. However, I’ve used this tactic to maintain an exercise practice for almost five years because I was highly motivated.

2. Write down your goals and action steps. You’ve heard about how writing your goals down give you a greater chance of success. A Dominican University study found that if you do this, you have a 60% likelihood of achieving your goal. Keep referring to your goals to see if you’re taking the steps you’ve established.

3. Find an accountability partner. Tell or email a trusted friend about your goal, commitment and action plan. Someone now knows about what you want to do and will support and celebrate your efforts. I don’t generally recommend a close loved one for this role. Unfortunately, the loved one often gets too attached to the result and makes misguided efforts to motivate the goal achiever. These efforts often backfire.

4. Join or create a mastermind or accountability group. This takes the accountability partner approach to the next level. Not only do you tell a person or persons about your goal and plan, you also check in with them periodically (weekly), reporting your progress. With a mastermind, you’re also exchanging ideas to help you overcome challenges. This regular progress reports tactic gives you a 76% chance of achieving your goal.

5. Find a coach. Hiring a coach means you’ve invested in your success. People tend to be more productive when they’ve committed to a goal with their hard earned currency. A coach can not only help you gain clarity and work through obstacles, they can also keep you focused, motivated and on track. They’re objective, and can give you a different perspective and make sure you’re sticking to your priorities.

When you are honest and accountable about your progress, or lack of it, you hold yourself to a higher standard. You are being accountable to and for yourself, and to the Universe. This increases your sense of empowerment, self-worth, responsibility and effectiveness. Choose the best accountability method for you and reach for the stars.

Affirmation:
The Universe responds according to my thoughts and desires. It wants the best for me and will support me in my efforts. When I commit to a course of action, the Universe recognizes my intention and provides everything I need for success. I keep my attention on my goal, knowing that it is possible. And I hold myself accountable for taking the steps that I know to take. The Universe does the rest.

Watch the accompanying video, 3 Tips to Handle Obstacles.

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 292019
 

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How You Can Become A Better And More Inquisitive Listener
Being a good listener is one of the most important skills to thrive in any area of your life. It helps you build better relationships with people who have different communication styles than yours. When you listen more closely, it also means that there are fewer misunderstandings. This article explains what a being a “better” listener means and how can you use this skill for success.

The Mindset for Making the Right Decisions in Life
Your life is based on all the decisions you make, therefore, making the right decisions is vital for you to get what you want. Unfortunately, most people make decisions based on fear, and that won’t lead you forward. Growth-oriented decisions would be better ones. Here are some tips on how to make decisions that allow you to advance in life.

50 Simple Mini-Habits That Actually Help With Anxiety
Anxiety can be debilitating and difficult to combat. You can ease the severity of your symptoms by developing habits that promote a better state of mind. Incorporate practices in your daily life that increase your sense of being centered and less affected by runaway thoughts. Pick a few of these tips to experiment with and see if they help.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Mar 222019
 

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The Yogi masters were right — meditation and breathing exercises can sharpen your mind
It has long been claimed by Yogis and Buddhists that meditation and ancient breath-focused practices strengthen our ability to focus on tasks. A new study explains for the first time the neurophysiological link between breathing and attention. The way we breathe directly affects the chemistry of our brains in a way that can enhance our attention and improve our brain health.

A Harvard psychologist describes a simple exercise to reduce your anxiety in stressful situations
When you’re dealing with a stressful situation, anxiety can reduce your effectiveness. There are several techniques that can help, including deep breathing and power poses. But the exercise this psychologist recommends will calm you down and also allow you to feel more authentic.

How to Break a Habit – 5 Steps
Habits are difficult to break. But you can do it. You need commitment, perseverance and a plan. As a hypnotherapist, I used steps similar to these to help my clients break habits and achieve their goals. As you follow these steps, bit by bit, you’ll break the habit that has outlived its usefulness. Just keep at it.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 282019
 

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A sleep doctor says knowing whether you’re a ‘lion,’ ‘dolphin,’ ‘wolf,’ or ‘bear’ can drastically affect your productivity
The sleep doctor Michael Breus says there are four different chronotypes, each with an ideal daily routine. Breus labels the four chronotypes “lions,” “dolphins,” “wolves,” and “bears.” Learning your chronotype, and the associated schedule, can help boost your health, happiness, and productivity.

13 Powerful Ways to Overcome Self-Doubt (So You Can Finally Move Forward in Life)
Self-doubt can be a troubling and persuasive voice that holds you back. It can be useful to help you recognize your limitations or reassess a bad idea. But mainly it keeps you stuck. Here are some valuable tips for you to handle self-doubt and quiet that destructive inner voice.

Why You Should Ditch Depressing New Year’s Resolutions And Do This Instead
Resolutions rarely lead to sustainable behavior change because they don’t effectively harness motivation that turns into action. And estimated 80% of resolutions fail by February. Not only does this article explore the reasons why resolutions fail, but it gives specific steps to help you succeed in making the changes you want.

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Feb 222019
 

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Why Mindfulness Is the Ultimate Habit for Success
You create habits around every area of your life. They free your mind up to focus on the situations that need new decisions. Developing the habit of mindfulness can help you in making those decisions and improve every aspect of your life.

I’m a neurosurgeon, and there’s a 4-step strategy anyone can use to make good habits stick
To build better habits, you should understand how your brain reacts to your behavior. When you establish the right foundation, desirable habits become automatic. Follow these 4 suggestions to create the right atmosphere to create a new habit that will become permanent.

15 Journaling Exercises to Help You Heal, Grow, and Thrive
Documenting your thoughts on paper can acknowledge past, distressing experiences so you can process them and reduce their pain. Studies show that journaling reduce mental and physical pain, improve depression, and improve health. Writing down your thoughts can also be a way of sorting out your thoughts and help your creativity.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 152019
 

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Self-Care Is Not An Indulgence. It’s A Discipline.
Unfortunately, most people think that self-care is a luxury, something done only when you might have time. Instead, it’s something that you make time for that will improve your health and well being. It requires self-respect, sticking to your priorities and a decision to take responsibility for yourself.

How to Redesign Your Life With Just 3 Questions
People tend to live their lives by following the path of least resistance. Unfortunately, that won’t lead to the life that you want to live. If you want a different life, you need to change your behavior. You need to emerge from reacting to consciously making decisions. This article gives you three questions to reflect on that will help you make choices that enhance your life.

How to Stay Positive: 11 Smart Habits
You can change your attitude to become more positive and optimistic. It all has to do with consciously choosing what to pay attention to. To begin with, you’ll have to remind yourself of these mental perspectives. But over time, they become habits and a natural part of who you are.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart