Sparks of Insight

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Aug 282018
 

Sparks of Insight“What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.” – Thaddeus Golas

When something challenging happens to you, do you get upset or frustrated? If so, you’re human. But you always have a choice about how to respond to an event. You can automatically allow your emotions to take over and make you miserable, or you can choose a different response that empowers you and might allow you to create a better outcome. The event itself has no power other than what you give it. Will you give it the power to make you unhappy, or will you choose to respond in a conscious way?

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Aug 242018
 

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Does Self-Compassion Make You Compassionate Toward Others?
Many people assume that self-compassion and compassion are related. After all, they both involve kindness—only the object of the kindness differs (ourselves versus another person). Despite what we might assume, research suggests that self-compassionate people aren’t always compassionate or vice versa. Both are beneficial, and it’s important to foster them both, because they have different purposes.

Using the Practice of Self-Kindness to Cope With Stress
Self-kindness is an important aspect of self-compassion. The author first defines what self-kindness is and what it looks like. Then she provides extensive and detailed exercises and strategies to help you develop self-kindness.

How a Keystone Habit Can Drastically Change Your Life for the Better
With a keystone habit, you just have to identify a habit that will help you for the rest of your day. Once you understand your motivations and behaviors, you can create the new habit that you want. It, in turn, will help to form other habits to support it.

Making Your Priorities Important

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Aug 152018
 

It’s sometimes hard to keep your priorities straight. You’re pulled in different directions, especially when other people want something from you. But your priorities are important and necessary if you’re going to achieve any goal. And the most important person to please is yourself. Here are 3 tips on how to respect your priorities and set them first in your life.



Transcript:
Thank you for watching. I’m Linda-Ann Stewart, a vision strategist. Sometimes, it’s just so hard to keep your priorities straight, isn’t it? You’re pulled in different directions. You have competing agendas from yourself and other people.

For instance, let’s say you want to lose 10 pounds, but you also want a piece of your coworker’s birthday cake. It’s really a hard choice. One part of you wants to lose the weight, the other wants the cake. Future benefits vs immediate gratification, and the cake is right there in front of you. But if you don’t focus on your priorities, which are for your future benefit, you sabotage what you want to accomplish, don’t you? I mean, that 10 pounds will always remain because of all the temptations, unless you prioritize your priorities.

And it’s not just sugar that can be your downfall. When you want to accomplish some goal, it’s all to easy to get distracted by small tasks and other peoples desires, isn’t it? Being able to stick to your priorities is important if you ever want to achieve your goals. It doesn’t matter if your goal is personal or professional. You have to make it a priority above other things. This is what propels you forward so that you reach your goal or dream. And this is one of the things I help my coaching clients with.

I specialize in working with women service professionals and entrepreneurs, who spin their wheels and get stuck as their business runs them. Using my 30 years of experience as a hypnotherapist, I help them chart their course and develop the strategies that will accelerate their business to the next level and beyond. And I’d like to share a some tips that I share with my clients.

One of the things that gets in the say of sticking to your priorities is other people’s desires. They want something from you and it can be hard to disappoint them, can’t it? It’s hard to know when it’s appropriate to give them what they want and when it’s not. Especially for women. All too often, we put off our priorities to please others, don’t we?

But priorities are called that for a reason. When you prioritize something, and follow through on it, you’re establishing that it’s important to you. It’s more important than what other people want from you, or than the other tasks and minutiae that crop up to distract you. A priority takes precedence over all that, right?

How can you approve of your priorities, rather than seeking approval from other people? The most important person to please is yourself. If you constantly put your priorities aside for other people, you’ll never get them done. It may feel selfish, but, if you think about it, so is breathing.

By fulfilling your priorities, you’re committing to a certain course of action that will take you to a goal and you’re dedicating your time and effort to towards it. The priority of your goal comes first on the list of things to accomplish.

Life can get in the way, sometimes, and you can get sidetracked, can’t you? But if you establish your priorities, and respect them, you’ll stay on track to accomplish your goal. And your goal is a step towards your dream or vision. So how can you set your priorities first?

1. Set strong boundaries. Let people know what you’ll do and what you won’t do. When you’ll help and when you won’t. And don’t make exceptions, except in a true emergency.

2. Prioritize your priorities. When they’re they most important thing in your mind, that changes the way you think about them and how you respond to distractions and others demands. When you’re faced with temptation, remember that you’ve set your priority above anything else.

3. Take action on your priorities.
Take 1 step, do 1 thing. Your brain and subconscious likes accomplishment, even if it’s small. Your subconscious and brain will use that to keep your motivation up and momentum going.

These are 3 steps you can take to make sure you fulfill your priorities. When you act on them, you’ll have more success in achieving your goal, dream and vision.

If you’d like some help in achieving your goals, apply for a complimentary Clarify Your Vision coaching consultation.

Thank you for watching. As you take care of your priorities, your goal will take care of itself.

Read the article that accompanies this video, Don’t Let Distractions Crush Your Dreams.

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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Jul 272018
 

Signpost-confused-medWhy You Need to Be Good at Reading Your Emotions
Emotional clarity is the ability to understand what you’re feeling. And new research is showing the importance of emotional clarity for your emotional health and well-being. When you’re able to identify what you’re feeling, you’re able to regulate it and get over negative emotions quickly.

How to Handle Being Bullied as an Adult
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.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Sparks of Insight

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Jul 242018
 

Sparks of InsightAre you more comfortable with failing or being a success? Many people actually unconsciously sabotage their success because it feels strange, unfamiliar and sometimes even scary. I’ve heard it said that it’s harder to fail than to succeed, since we’re born to achieve. If you’ve haven’t been accomplishing what you want, then you’re denying the Universe Its full expression. You were created to allow It to flow through you in abundance.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jul 202018
 

rainbow-double-pT5rEGracHow a Brain Dump Can Unlock Your Creativity
Anyone who is creative knows that the more you have weighing on your mind, the less creative you are. Now there’s research backing this up. But researchers have also found some remedies for clearing the clutter out of your mind so you have more space to create. Meditation and mindfulness are a couple of those ways. This article gives a few other tips on how to clear your mind.

When To Say Yes To The Messy Desk
Tidiness and organization has been the fast track to success, if you believe conventional wisdom. But recent research shows that having a clean desk or room influences people to conform more to the norms. And a cluttered desk or room inspires people to be more innovative. This article describes other benefits to both types of environments.

8 Ways to Test Your Stress Mindset
How you view stress can influence how it affects you. Although chronic stress can be unhealthy, if you shift your attitude about it, you can reduce some of the damage. When you’re able to consider pressure as beneficial, then it can help you in your health and life. This article shows 8 ways to test your stress mindset.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Tips on How to Program Yourself to Be Positive

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Jul 182018
 

Are you as successful as you’d like, either personally or professionally? One of the main places to address to help you rise higher in your life is your mindset. When you have a positive attitude, it nourishes your overall mindset and sets you up to be more successful. Join me to learn 4 tips that can help you be more upbeat and open to more possibilities.



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Are you as successful as you’d like, either personally or professionally? Probably not, because there’s always room for improvement, isn’t there? One of the main places to address to help you rise higher in your life is your mindset. So I’d like to talk a little bit about why a positive mindset is so important and some tips to keep you upbeat that allows you to program your mind for success.

I’m a vision strategist. I work with women service professionals and small business entrepreneurs chart a course for their business that keeps them focused and on track so they experience success on their terms.

And a major part of our work is to align their heart (mindset and passion) with their vision. Do you have problems with your mindset being positive? When I say ‘mindset,’ I’m not just talking about having positive beliefs or attitudes.

Your mindset is a combination of combination of thoughts, beliefs and attitudes about yourself, your vision and your business. It affects your actions, behaviors and the way people respond to you. And it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. You could set yourself up to fulfill a negative expectation when you don’t take an action that would benefit you, or go into a situation believing you’ll fail. Had a situation like that? Having a positive attitude could be helpful because it could improve the overall quality of your mindset.

A positive attitude isn’t a guarantee of success. I wish it was. But you have a much higher likelihood of being successful if you have a positive attitude versus having a negative attitude.

To be more positive, you have to start cleaning up your exposure to negativity, and focus more on activities, mental nourishment and associations that are more constructive. I don’t suggest you just wall yourself off from distressing news and only surround yourself with good cheer and live in a happy cloud. It’s important that you keep up with current events and exercise your compassion and empathy. I just mean don’t get stuck or wallow in painful or upsetting news and information. You want to stay balanced and realistic, just not succumb to pessimism and cynicism.

Do things that keep you upbeat, positive and open to the possibilities. Here are 4 tips on how to do this:

1. Minimize your news consumption. You can be aware and knowledgeable about what’s going on without watching or reading the news 24/7. Focus on what you can change, first in your life, and then in the world.

2. Read uplifting books.
These can be self-help, personal development, spiritual, biographies of those who have overcome odds, novels. In essence, anything that causes you to feel empowered and creates a belief that you can meet any challenge life throws at you. Because you can.

3. Watch inspirational videos. YouTube and the internet is filled with these. Check out TedTalks. You could also watch funny videos that raise your mood.

4. Associate with positive people. We all know people who enjoy criticizing, putting others down and ridiculing them. Avoid them as much as you can. Instead, surround yourself as much as possible with those who are optimistic, encouraging and constructive. You become like those you hang around with.

These are just a few tips on how to focus on the positive side of life. If you do a little research, you can find many others, such as positive self-talk and exercise. As you keep your attention on the positive, you’re building new, more resourceful pathways in the brain, so it becomes easier as time goes on. And it lifts your entire mindset, so your actions are more influential and effective.

If you’d like more tips on how to increase your productivity and accelerate your success, as well as another tip on how to be more positive, download my free guide, Take Control of Your Day.

Thank you for watching. I hope you take these tips and use them to create more success in your life.

Read the accompanying article, How to Program Yourself for Success.

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
Jul 052018
 

succcess-goldkey_84055-smI’m sure you’ve heard the computer adage, “Garbage in, garbage out.” This means that the machine will operate on whatever data you program into it, whether it’s good or bad, correct or incorrect. The computer will use that information and your result will be based on it. If it’s valid and accurate information, you’ll get a correct outcome. However, if you’ve entered bad data, it will give you a flawed product. It all depends on what the operator (you) feeds into the computer.

The same can be said of your mind. Your mind operates on the ideas you load into it, from the past or present. If you are functioning on false information, you’re going to get outcomes you don’t want. Unless your mental programming supports your goals, vision and dreams, you’re going to undermine your success. Because the Law of Attraction acts on that information, drawing to you want you’ve accepted as true.

The good news is that you can change your programming. You’re always reinforcing commands in your mind by the beliefs you’ve accepted, the attitudes you’ve developed and the statements you say to yourself each day. Your subconscious (your mental computer) and the Law of Attraction act on your beliefs and bring them into a reality in your life. But your subconscious and the Law of Attraction must follow what your conscious mind decides. When your conscious mind makes a new choice and follows through on it, your subconscious and the Law of Attraction must comply and attract the equivalent.

Follow these steps to program yourself for success:

1. Change your beliefs. Are you programming yourself for what you want or what you don’t want? If you aren’t getting the results you want, assess what your beliefs about it might be. You can change your beliefs, because they’re only ideas that you’ve focused on so long that they’ve gotten to be habits. And you know you can change a habit, right? What belief do you need to have to get the outcome you want?

2. Use auto-suggestion. Every day, you’re giving yourself suggestions that impress your subconscious mind and the Law of Attraction. It They then seeks out opportunities to make the suggestions true. Once you’ve recognized what belief you need to have, write an auto-suggestion for it, in the second or third person positive. Such as an old favorite, “Every day, in every way, you’re getting better and better.” Or, “Every day, in every way, [your name] is getting better and better.” Repeat your statement out loud for a minimum of 5 minutes every day. Or repeat it to yourself as you’re going to sleep at night. Or both.

3. Use visualization. Many people think that visualization is like seeing something on a movie screen. That’s a fallacy. Imagine what your living room looks like. That’s the way you’ll experience visualization. Imagine your acting on any steps towards your goal or dream. This is like a mental rehearsal and imprints your desires on your subconscious and Law of Attraction. Then imagine that your goal or dream is accomplished and how it makes you feel. You can do this at the same time as you’re using auto-suggestion. It instructs your subconscious mind and Law of Attraction to find ways to fulfill your desires.

4. Focus on your vision.
Keep your attention on your intention. When you do, your actions will follow. And this helps you avoid getting distracted. If you do find yourself getting sidetracked, just get refocused and keep moving. Setbacks are normal. Don’t get discouraged. They give you valuable feedback on what you need to do to correct your course and keep moving forward.

Reprogramming your mind takes commitment and persistence. You’re having to change the course of the stream of your thoughts. You’ll have to move rocks (beliefs) and earth (thoughts) to metaphorically create a new channel. But it can be done as long as you’re determined to succeed.

Affirmation:

The Universe completely supports my endeavors, wanting me to have the best. I accept that I deserve the best and have the ability to create it through the power of my Higher Mind. By keeping my mind focused on my dream and desire, I provide the channel through which the Universe sends my good to me.

Watch the accompanying video, Tips on How to Program 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

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Jun 292018
 

Woman with outstretched arms 7 Practical Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset
Studies have proven there are multiple physical and mental benefits to positive thinking. But it’s sometimes easier said than done to get into a positive frame of mind. These tips show you how to prioritize your mental well-being

How to See (Clearly) What You Want to Accomplish
As you begin your workday, it’s all too easy to get dragged into dealing with the immediate, instead of what your priorities are. Focus is key to get done what’s important to you. Visualization is a helpful tool to allow you to keep your focus, rehearse for challenges, and practice the steps you need to take to get to your goal. This article gives you specific steps for your morning focusing routine so your day goes more smoothly.

Discover the 7 Key Traits of an ‘Abundance Mindset’
In life, you can choose between viewing the world as abundant or limited in terms of love, relationships, wealth and resources. Your mindset determines your choices. When you choose to view the world as abundant, you have a greater experience of life. And you always have a choice.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jun 142018
 

Sun RaysWhy Attitude Is More Important Than Intelligence
Most people think that intelligence will lead to success. But research has disputed that concept. Apparently, success is more dependent on whether you think you can grow and improve. They outperform people with high intelligence, but who believe that they cannot change. Fortunately, you can change that fixed attitude and be more able to solve problems and overcome challenges. This article gives 7 tips on how to develop the type of attitude that will bring you success.

Who Do You Think You Are? Why You Could Be Wrong
We tend to label ourselves, and act within the framework of that identity. These roles were developed when we were children, when we adapted to the clues from our parents and other adults around us. When we grow up, we rarely reassess them to determine if those ideas are true. Many times, they aren’t.

4 Actionable Steps to Build a Positive Money Mindset
Many entrepreneurs are realizing that they have limiting beliefs and attitudes about money. Those ideas keep them from taking positive action that yield success. Believe it or not, you have a relationship with money, either positive or negative. To be a successful business person, you need to heal that relationship and release the negative associations you have with it. Follow these tips to begin appreciating this resource.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart