Oct 152018
 

Sparks of Insight“People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

Circumstances don’t make us happy or miserable, the way we perceive them do. I’ve known people with all the advantages you could hope for, and they were miserable. And I’ve known people who had very little who were generally happy. The way you view your life and its events causes you to be positive or negative. It’s the same thing as considering a glass half-empty or half-full. Both are correct, but which of those views causes the greater satisfaction?

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Oct 042018
 

Four Corners is the place where Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico meet. In the area, there’s a lot of natural beauty, as well as Pueblo Indian ruins. On this vacation, our purpose was to visit a lot of those ruins.

Our first day in New Mexico, we visited two Pueblo ruins near Farmington, New Mexico. Salmon Ruins had a wonderful, educational guide that explained a lot about the ruins and their culture.

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Salmon Pueblo Ruins, Bloomfield, New Mexico

The same day, we visited Aztec ruins, a magnificent example of architecture inspired by the Chaco civilization around 1000 CE.

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Aztec Pueblo Ruins, Aztec, New Mexico

The second day, we explored ruins of the Chaco Canyon pueblos. This was the jewel of our vacation and on my bucket list of places to visit. Chaco was a hub of trade and spiritual influence for about 400 years, starting around mid-800 CE. Not a lot of people brave the last several miles of rutted dirt roads to get to it. But it was well worth the rough ride to experience it. These photos are of the biggest house in the area. The canyon is dotted with them and has some on top of its cliffs.

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Linda-Ann at Pueblo Bonito Pueblo Ruins, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

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Interior room, Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon

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SE Corner of Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon Pueblo Ruins

On our third day, we went to Mesa Verde. Unfortunately, both of the cliff houses that we wanted to enter were closed. One due to the danger of rocks falling, and the other had closed three days earlier for the season. But we still enjoyed viewing them and others from a distance. This was Cliff Palace, the one that had just closed its tours.

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Linda-Ann at Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde Pueblo Ruins, Colorado

On the way back home, we spent time at Canyon de Chelly.

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Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

This photo of the twin spires is Spider Rock. The Navajo believe that a deity called Spider Woman taught the women how to weave. And they believe the deity resides in Spider Rock. Because I’m a weaver, this rock holds a special place in my heart.

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Linda-Ann in front of Spider Rock at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

We spend our last day and a half at La Posada in Winslow. La Posada is a former Harvey House and has been renovated back to its original glory. We just sat on their patios, or in their gardens, or watched the trains go by in back of the hotel.

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Patio at La Posada, Winslow, Arizona

It’s hard to get back into my current life, after spending so much time in the past. Time is fleeting, civilizations rise and fall, but life goes on. I’m just grateful that we have these remnants of former civilizations to visit and honor.

Sep 112018
 

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“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” William James, pioneer in psychology

Most of us tend to be hard on ourselves. We’re highly self-critical, paying more attention to what we haven’t done than what we have. Although we think this helps push us to be better, to achieve our goals, it actually does the opposite. Criticizing yourself is demoralizing and discouraging, and it undermines your motivation and productivity. It makes you feel unworthy and like you’re never good enough. Being self-critical can paralyze you rather than boost you to get more done. It also disconnects you from your inner self and the Universe, making it harder to access your intuition or activate the Law of Attraction.

We’re also taught not to blow our own horn or shamelessly shout our own praise to the world. That’s considered to be prideful and self-centered. So we tend to hide our accomplishments and brush aside compliments. At the same time, we secretly crave acknowledgement and appreciation. These are normal and appropriate desires. It’s only when we abandon ourselves to seek approval from others that these natural impulses can become toxic.

What It Means to Acknowledge Yourself

But how can you find the appreciation you crave, when seeking it from others is disempowering? And how can you drive yourself without making yourself feel insignificant for not doing enough? The way you find this satisfaction is by acknowledging yourself and your accomplishments. When you do, you’re not being conceited or vain, but being honest about your efforts. Acknowledging yourself has nothing to do with building up your ego to feel better than someone else. It has nothing to do with anyone but you and what’s right about you. This is the way the Universe has always seen you.

By acknowledging yourself, you are simply recognizing your authenticity and accomplishments. You give yourself credit for what you do and who you are. This connects you with your center and the Universe, which has always believed in you. You also have more clarity to direct the Law of Attraction. As you support yourself with this kindness and honesty, you validate yourself and accept that you have value.

The Reasons to Acknowledge Yourself

One of the things I do with clients is to have them acknowledge themselves and celebrate their accomplishments. Most of the time, they don’t realize how much they’ve done or how things have changed until we do this exercise. The following are tangible benefits of acknowledging yourself.

1. Raises your self-esteem. Your self-esteem derives from your sense of how much you respect yourself. When you begin to notice what’s good about you and what you have attained, your self-worth rises and you self-image improves. You believe more in yourself and your abilities, which mean you are willing to expand out of your comfort zone.

2. Increases your motivation. Don’t you want to do more when you feel like you’re making progress? For instance, you start to go through a pile of papers, filing things, and once you see how much you’ve whittled it down, you want to do more. The same is true when you pay attention to even the small wins in a day. It energizes and inspires you. You feel encouraged and to reach for more.

3. Improves your mood. Don’t you feel good when you check off tasks that you’ve completed? It activates the reward circuit in the brain and triggers the release of pleasure chemicals. The same is true when you celebrate your efforts. You feel better about yourself and life, and have more resources to deal with challenges.

Give yourself permission to celebrate who you are and your accomplishments. Consider your good qualities, your efforts, and your progress. By making this a daily practice, your life will be richer and happier. You’ll be meeting one of your deepest needs and empower yourself to fulfill more of your potential. The Universe would approve. What can you do today to acknowledge yourself?

Affirmation:

The Universe appreciates me just as I am. It believes in me and knows that I can achieve whatever I desire. I now give myself permission to acknowledge what’s good about me and the good that I do. I know that the Universe approves of and supports me in this activity.

Watch the accompanying video, How to Raise Your Self-Esteem by Acknowledging Yourself.

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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Aug 172018
 

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Jul 272018
 

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We all had to deal with bullies as children. Unfortunately, many of them don’t grow out of the habit. They continue to harass, put down, demean and undermine you and your work. It’s important to be able to identify how an adult bully acts out. They’re usually more subtle than they were as children. But the result is the same. This article gives some suggestions how to deal with these toxic people.

Respect Begins With Each Other
This article deals with a specific industry, but the essence of the concept is important in every walk of life. When you treat someone with a lack of respect, it comes back full circle. Competition can be handled in a civil manner. Standing up for each other will raise everyone’s effectiveness.

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Jun 082018
 

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10 Scientifically Proven Tips for Beating Procrastination
Procrastination is one of the biggest blocks to success. It affects productivity, effectiveness and confidence. The suggestions in this article will get you off the starting block and taking small steps. And generally, just getting moving is all it takes to break through that block.

6 Ways That Night-time Phone Use Destroys Your Sleep
Using your phone at night makes you sleep-deprived and exhausted. This article is based on a study by Harvard researchers that found why you need to shut it off an hour before bed. And it’s not just your phone. Your computer, tablet, e-reader and television can affect your sleep, as well.

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Apr 132018
 

Sparks of Insight“No part of my mind is affected by others’ negativity. I remain connected with my True Self. I recognize that they have their own issues, and those problems have nothing to do with me. ”

So many times, you’re influenced by other people’s negative moods. It can be hard not to be, and it’s tempting to try to change them so that you feel better. But they have a right to feel bad, and they have to learn how to work their way through it for themselves. It’s their issue, not yours. Many times, trying to change their mind will just make the problem last longer or get worse. Detach from it (and them, if you need to), let them have their mood, and don’t let yourself get caught up in it.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 222018
 

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