Apr 052019
 

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4 Ways Simplifying Your Choices Leads to Better Results
We love having a lot of options. But research has shown that the more choices we have, the more likely we’ll be dissatisfied. When we have fewer choices, we can more clearly decide what it is we truly want. Streamlining your options creates simplicity that leads to better outcomes.

How to Take Control of Your Life: 10 Tips on Finally Starting Today
Letting yourself be swept along with the current can be detrimental to your well being. You may think you have no control over your life, but it’s a false belief. You have control over your thoughts and actions. When you take control of your life, the benefits will multiply over time.

How Do You Meditate? 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners
There are many good reasons to meditate, with happiness being a front runner. But there are so many meditation techniques to choose from. And what works for one person doesn’t work for another. You need to find the right type of meditation that resonates with you. This article touches on 8 types and how to do them. Try them and find what works for you.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Mar 082019
 

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How to Solve Problems Effectively and Ethically
Most people don’t clearly define or agree to what their conflict is. And often, they solve the wrong problem. Once you properly articulate the core problem, the solution often presents itself. Learn the steps to identify the correct problem you need to solve, so you find the solution that addresses the core issue.

Why Daydreaming Can Improve Your Mental Health
Contrary to popular belief, new research shows that a mental break can make you happier and more productive. Not only do you control it, but it can reduce stress and give you a break from your work demands.

Training compassion ‘muscle’ may boost brain’s resilience to others’ suffering
A new study suggests that as little as two weeks of compassion meditation training, which is intentionally cultivating positive wishes to understand and relieve the suffering of others, may reduce the distress a person feels when witnessing another’s suffering. Instead of being upset, the person can learn to be calmer and able to respond in a more balanced way.

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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

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Feb 082019
 

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10 Clever Tricks to Trigger Positive Emotions
Changing the way you think can be surprisingly tricky, especially when the going gets tough. Here are some quick and effective exercises that can help you feel happier, avoid anxiety, increase your willpower, deepen relationships and boost confidence. And they don’t involve trying to change how you think.

What Is Goal Setting and Why Is It Important?
Goal setting is your compass to get what you want in life. Without them, you just drift. This article lists five principles for goal setting, identifies the different kinds of goals, and gives tips on how to achieve the goals you have.

The Truth Behind Judging Others and Why We Do It
Judging others blocks you from compassion or empathy. It’s a false way of trying to make yourself feel better. When you’re judging others, you’re judging yourself in the same way. Discover some tips on how to stop criticizing yourself and others.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Nov 162018
 

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3 Simple Habits for Daily Mindfulness
Many people make themselves miserable because they’re reliving a painful past memory or worrying about the future. Those tendencies do not allow you to enjoy your life or be effective in it. Instead, when you’re able to be fully present in the moment, you can be healthier, happier and more productive.

The Surprising Way to Find Answers to Your Problems
Everyone has problems that they need to find solutions for. Some solutions are easier to find than others. When you can find the answer after trying your normal avenues, maybe it’s time to try something different. This article has a creative technique for you to use to think about your question in a new way so you find the answer you seek.

Thought Watching Exercises to Increase Awareness & Reduce Anxiety
We often go about our business without noticing what our mind is telling us because we are too busy with our hectic lives. Some of the advice is probably helpful, but some of it may not be. And if we follow it, we aren’t happy about where we end up. Once you can become aware of your thoughts, you can determine whether they’re constructive or negative. This article gives valuable skills on how to develop the awareness that can put you in the drivers seat of your mind.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Nov 092018
 

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10 Simple Steps to a Happier You
Everyone wants to be happier. But unfortunately, many people pick the wrong road to happiness. They indulge in unhealthy pursuits that just create more loneliness and disharmony in their lives. But there are some easy ways to cultivate happiness in your life, and this article describes several of them.

You Can’t See the Forest for the Trees!
Sometimes you can’t see the real issues while you are in the midst of them. You lack perspective to view the whole picture and this can cause you to make decisions or take actions that aren’t constructive. Being able to recognize what can lead you into the forest can help to get you out of it.

Science says: Intelligent people sleep late, leave a mess everywhere, and swear a lot
It’s hard when you just don’t conform to society’s standards of what’s appropriate. But it’s delightful when science comes along and confirms that some of your faults actually are a sign of being intelligent. If you do any of these (or all), enjoy these studies showing that they’re a result of high intelligence.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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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

Our Vacation at Four Corners

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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.

3 Reasons to Acknowledge and Appreciate Yourself

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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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7 Thoughtful Ways to Stress Less
Stress and anxiety can cause you to age more quickly. Instead, why don’t you start doing things that can reduce them? Quit driving yourself so hard and give up perfectionist tendencies. I know it’s hard, but think of the rewards. This article gives you strategies to shift your perspective and behaviors so you can have a longer, happier and healthier life.

Empower Your Mind To Become Successful in 5 Easy Steps
Success takes grit and hard work. And everyone is looking for easier ways to get things done. But you can use your imagination train yourself to be more successful. This is an infographic that shows 5 different ways to do that, based on neuroscience.

You Have The Power To Choose Your Attitude
When someone cuts you off in traffic, you have a choice to make. You could decide to simply react and get angry. Or you could decide not to waste the emotional energy on something that you can’t change. In these moments like these, it’s worth asking, “What’s to be gained?” This article gives some suggestions of what to consider before you lash out.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart