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 302017
 

Woman with outstretched arms How To Be Happy: 12 Things You Should Do Today
Happiness is always available to us, but it comes from within, not from external factors. This article breaks down the habits you should learn into 4 stages. Each stage takes one week to complete and has actionable steps. Within a month, you’ll see significant improvement in your ability to experience happiness.

How to Choose a Type of Mindfulness Meditation
Most new meditators get confused about which meditation practice to use.A new study examines the benefits from four different kinds of meditations. Using this information, you can choose which practice you want to cultivate. But the best kind of meditation is the one you actually do.

10 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life
Our habits create our lives. They make us or break us, and steer us to failure or success. To lead a more fulfilling and satisfying life, we have to develop habits that cause us to make decisions that are beneficial for us. Your happiness and peace of mind are in your hands.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Mar 162017
 

Rainbow at SnowbowlYour Unconscious Motives And How To Get Motivated
This is a cute infographic to inspire you to get moving towards your vision, goals and dreams. Unconscious ideas either promote your or stop you. This article shows how to understand what they are and how to deal with ones that sabotage you.

How to manipulate procrastination like a pro
Everyone deals with procrastination at some time or other. It can drag you down and keep you from getting where you want to go. Learn how to handle procrastination and become more productive.

15 Effective Ways Clever People Handle Toxic People
Toxic people are all around us, creating drama and instability. If you aren’t vigilant, they’ll suck you into their vortex of insecurity. These are some great tips on how to recognize, avoid and confront them.

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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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Avoid These 7 Traps That Sabotage Your Dreams

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Feb 142017
 

Sunset Crater, Flagstaff AZDo you have a dream or a vision that you’re not actively pursuing? Maybe you’re not taking action on it or you’re chronically preparing to start. If so, you’re not alone. Self-sabotage is an insidious, subversive and subtle act. It gets hidden amongst the busyness of your life. And it may even seem completely reasonable that you haven’t been able to make any progress toward your dream. But there are unseen forces at work within you that are holding you back.

Here are 7 ways that you undermine yourself and steps you can take to overcome these obstacles.

1. Lack of clarity. You only have a fuzzy idea of what you want. This isn’t very motivating and it won’t impel you to take action. When you don’t have a precise idea of your direction, you won’t take any steps. Specific ideas about your goals allow you to take specific steps towards achieving them, which leads to better results. It also gives the Law of Attraction an explicit pattern to follow.

2. No plan. You may want to go with the flow and resist the structure of a plan. But when you choose to let things unfold in this way, you’re going to be blown around by every circumstance that presents itself. There’s a saying, “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” In your busy life, if something doesn’t get prioritized, it doesn’t get done. Create an outline of a plan that serves you, so that the Law of Attraction can draw to you what you need. Your plan should include room for the unexpected.

3. Not working your plan. You’ve created a plan, put it in a drawer and gotten involved in your busy life. The immediate and the urgent have taken precedence. Or you may be dealing with the “shiny object syndrome.” Other enticing options have taken you off track and gotten you nowhere. This just creates confusion for the Universe, as it doesn’t know what you want. It’s ok to make course corrections periodically, but not every day. Assess your plan and get back to working it.

4. Not making your dream a priority. You have a plan, but you let other things get in the way. This may be day-to-day chores or plain old inertia. It’s simply easier to fall back into old habits than it is to clear space to work for your dream. Unless you decide that your dream is important, you’ll never achieve it. And the Universe won’t make it a priority, either. Focus on what you want, schedule taking action and following through.

5. Seeking approval. You’re trying to live up to other peoples’ expectations of you. And you put others’ agendas ahead of your own wants, needs and desires. For the most part, you don’t need their approval nor to meet their expectations. What you want is as important as what they do. Learn to say, “No,” when their expectations conflict with what you want. The Universe approves of you when you do.

6. Perfectionism. You won’t move forward until everything is perfect. This is an unrealistic and unreachable goal. Perfectionism comes from fear that you’ll make a mistake. Of course, you’re going to make mistakes. That’s how you learn and make course corrections. The Universe doesn’t expect your efforts to be flawless. Repeat to yourself, “Progress, not perfection.” As long as you have a vision and the beginnings of a plan, you can make some headway. You can build the rest as you go along.

7. Procrastination.
This behavior is the worst of the offenders. It probably sinks more dreams than anything else. Either you put off starting or you put off uncomfortable or unfamiliar tasks that are necessary to your vision. Out of fear or rebellion, you chronically avoid making a decision or taking an action until the last minute. The Law of Attraction follows your lead and delays any good coming your way. Take some action, no matter how small and build momentum. One small step at a time is all you need to do to make progress.

Self-sabotage is an attempt to keep you safely confined in your comfort zone, so you don’t have to stretch or be anxious. Your subconscious is trying to protect you from the disappointment or rejection that you experienced when you were younger. Unfortunately, this strategy doesn’t support your dream or who you are now.

When you recognize that you’re sabotaging yourself, and that it’s a function of some outdated attempt at self-preservation, you can make changes. It will be uncomfortable at first, as all change is. And you’ll be tempted to step back into old patterns. But you have the power, wisdom and understanding to take charge and shift your world. Open the door to your dreams and step through.

Affirmation:
I realize the self-sabotage is an outdated attempt to keep me safe in a world that no longer exists. I now recognize any ways in which I undermine myself. It’s powerful to bring them out into the light so that I can see they are no longer needed. I now let go of what no longer serves me, and now establish new thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that support my dreams.

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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Feb 012017
 

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~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Create More Space for Your Dream

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Jan 172017
 

Are you always trying to put more and more into an already overloaded life and schedule? You’re eventually going to run out of time and space to work on your dream. The only way you can remedy this is to let go of things that aren’t helping any longer. Learn why it’s so important and how you can create more space in your life.



~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Dec 082016
 

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The extent of success is the ratio of good and bad habits you have in life. Your habits create your destiny. Some habits will undermine your success, confidence and happiness, and be so insidious that you don’t even recognize them. This article tackles 2 basic ones that are major offenders and what to do about them.

5 Things Psychopaths Say To Make You Feel Crazy
Most psychopaths are nonviolent and fit into the normal population. They just have no conscience and will prey on people to get what they want, using charm and manipulation. And one of their tools is to make you doubt yourself so they can control you. Here are some of the ways they attack and destabilize you.

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier
Are you depressed, stressed or upset? There are specific, proven solutions that can help you that are based on neuroscience. Believe it or not, feeling guilty or worried actually can make you feel better, even though it’s not helpful. This article suggests more constructive things to do that will be much better for you.

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Many people admire nice people, but unfortunately, others take advantage of them. Nice people expect others to be like them, so they give them the benefit of the doubt, when they may not deserve it. Not only does this article describe some of the struggles nice folks have, but it gives some suggestions on how to deal with them.

Why Your Attitude Is Everything
One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential in life is to monitor your attitude. Most people don’t have an awareness of what their attitudes are. But your attitude governs the way you perceive the world and the way the world perceives you. Here are 10 ways to improve your attitude.

Power of Consistency: 5 Rules
Consistency is the difference between failure and success. This article describes why it’s important to success in business. But the same could be said about your personal life. Learn about the rules and start applying them in your personal and professional lives.

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Nov 162016
 

GC-RimTr-sm-092125 Tricks To Set Your Mindset For Success
You probably have many goals you want to achieve. Whether these goals are for business, home, family, or self-improvement, setting your mindset for success is key. Without a proper mindset you may find yourself distracted by the unpredictability of daily life. This article suggests how to create better habits and make better decisions.

How to get massively motivated in less than 60 seconds
Most people struggle with motivation every single day. They get distracted by what’s immediate, rather than what they need to focus on. This article gives detailed instructions on how to get yourself motivated and stay that way.

Introvert Hangovers Can Be Really Rough
Introverts generally enjoy socializing with other people, but there comes a time when they get overwhelmed. They need some alone time to recharge. This article dives into how it feels when introverts haven’t had the alone time they need.

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