Mar 312017
 

Sparks of InsightMany people ask me how long it takes to make a change or change a habit. As a rule of thumb, it takes three months for the change to be complete. The first month, you’re focusing on breaking the old habit. In the second month, you’re creating a new habit to take the place of the old one. The third month is when that new habit becomes comfortable and familiar. It takes about another three months for that new habit to really get settled into your consciousness. So persist and don’t give up when you’re making changes.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Mar 092017
 

Grand Canyon Sunset - East of Yaki PointUnwanted Situations Will Keep Happening Until You Learn Your Lesson
Making mistakes is a part of being human. By making a mistake, we have an opportunity to learn from it and do better next time. Sometimes the lessons come with subtle clues that we overlook. This article is one person’s experience with learning some hard lessons after things had fallen apart.

5 Reasons Why You’re Good Enough As You Are
Many of my clients have said, “I don’t feel like I’m enough.” These feelings aren’t based in reality. They come from statements made to and about us by others that we accepted uncritically. They’re beliefs that can be changed. Learn some tips to find better beliefs that are more rational.

9 Secrets That Will Help You Achieve Your Success
There is no secret sauce to success. It’s just a lot of work and doing things that are necessary for success. You’ll have to overcome limiting beliefs and motivate yourself. Here are some tips that will help you fulfill your innate potential for success.

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Feb 172017
 

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Science Shows, This Is The Only Skill You Need To Be Successful In Life
There is one skill that helps you to do better in every area of your life. It’s delayed gratification and it ensures that you have the patience and persistence to overcome your challenges. This article gives some specific tips on how to cultivate this precious ability and put it into action in your life.

How To Break A Bad Habit — For Good
Everyone has wanted to break a bad habit at some time. This article shows how habits are created and reinforced. Knowing the feedback loop helps to know where you can break it. Learn the specific steps to take to start breaking the habit and getting back on track to what you want.

How To Train Your Brain To Go Positive Instead Of Negative
Our brains are designed to help us to survive. To do that, we’re programmed to look out for obstacles and problems. Unfortunately, always being critical doesn’t lead to having a happy life. This article gives you a simple tip to begin to train your brain to build a positivity circuit.

Book Review-Recreating Your Self

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Jan 262017
 

Recreating Your Self: Building Self-Esteem Through Imaging and Self-Hypnosis
by Nancy J. Napier

Most of my clients struggle with self-esteem issues. They have feelings of shame, worthlessness, and due to old programming, don’t take the steps necessary to support their own health and well-being. This book is a great resource to anyone who has experienced these challenges.

The author addresses the subjects of healing the inner child, reviewing past abuses in the light of our current understanding, connecting with our healed, future self and much more. Especially helpful to me was the chapter on the protective parts. These parts were created to help us in a time of stress. Based on the old information, they continue to  control us, and many times this actually hurts our desire to heal. However, we can update their protection and turn them into resources that support us in the present day.

Instructions, exercises and scripts for self-hypnosis accompany each of her chapters to do the inner work and heal. This book is a wonderful addition to anyone who has read John Bradshaw’s books on healing the inner child, or who has had a dysfunctional childhood and wishes to resolve the old wounds to become a happier person.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jan 252017
 

Flagstaff ArboretumPeople Love Working with Extraverts, Until the Going Gets Tough
New research shows that the extrovert advantage has its limits. Extroverts are at an advantage in business. But when there are conflicts and disagreements, people tend to resent their style of handling it. Introverts, however, tend to navigate the storms more smoothly because of their unique strengths.

9 Ways To Differentiate Real Friends And Toxic Friends
Everyone has had a toxic friend in some degree at one time or another. They can gaslight you and make you think that they’re the only one who has your back, when the opposite is true. This is a very simple infographic that illustrates the differences between these real and toxic friends.

5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mindset in 20 Minutes
These tried and true tips will help you take on the day with confidence. You’ll be able to reset your attitude, become more positive and have a more productive day. You’ll notice a tremendous difference within just a couple of weeks.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Dec 222016
 

Sun RaysThese 10 Questions Can Foretell If You’ll Be Successful In Life
Success isn’t limited to just what you’ve achieved in your professional life, but also having a work-life balance and how authentic you are. However, there are scientifically proven signs that will indicate whether or not you will truly be successful in however you define that in your life. As you work on these areas, you’ll be rewarded with a greater sense of well-being.

50 Ways to Open Your World to New Possibilities
If you feel stuck or wonder if this is all there is, you may have closed your eyes to the possibilities all around you. As long as you stay in your comfort zone, you’ll never experience anything but what you already have. You don’t need to decide to leave it all behind to have a more rewarding life. Small decisions can create large opportunities for joy.

Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent
There are innumerable ways to reduce your stress, based on scientific research. This one adds to the rest, and can soothe your soul while it calms your nervous system. A neuroscientist has found 10 songs that measurably reduces stress and anxiety. This article not only lists them, but created a public list of them you can download.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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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.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Nov 012016
 

GC-RimTr-sm-09184 Signs Of Seemingly Nice People With Hidden Motives
Sometimes we mistake what a person is like, based on how they appear. We don’t see through them to who they truly are until it’s too late. There are usually red flags that signal us that all isn’t as it seems. This article describes some of these valuable signs.

Visual: The Effects of Mindfulness
This is a series of infographics showing the positive effects of meditation and mindfulness. The effects impact the mind, body and emotions. It also describes the difference between meditation and mindfulness.

5-Step Formula For Interrupting Anxiety and Negativity
This article describes evidence based strategies to reduce stress and anxiety. Each of these techniques interrupts the neural circuits involved in negative feelings, emotions, and thoughts.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Oct 122016
 

GC-RimTrail-sm-0923A Practical Guide To Reframing Your Thoughts And Making Yourself Happier
We’re always worrying, thinking of negative scenarios, but most of those disasters never occur. But they affect us and keep us disturbed, and reduce our enjoyment of life. Learn some techniques to stop that destructive cycle and put yourself in a healthier, happier frame of mind.

Why Introverts Are Introverts? Because Their Brains Are Different
If you prefer quiet over loud, a single companion over a group, or to stay home reading rather than go to a party, you’re probably an introvert. Research has discovered a major difference in the brains of introverts and extroverts that make them the way they are. Learn about these brain changes so you can understand why you’re the way you are.

A Harvard Psychologist Says This Should Be The First Thing You Do Every Morning
Instead of heading towards the coffee pot first thing in the morning, Amy Cuddy, a Harvard researcher, suggests you stretch. And not just any stretching. She says you should stretch in a specific way that helps build your confidence. This article also includes a her TEDTalk on how body language shapes who you are.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Book Review – Forgiving the Unforgivable

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Oct 042016
 

Forgiving the Unforgivable: Overcoming the Bitter Legacy of Intimate Wounds by Beverly Flanigan, M.S.S.W.

If you’ve ever been hurt by someone close to you, past or present, and need some help in dealing with it and getting to forgiveness, this book is for you. Not only does the author walk you through the journey of recognizing and acknowledging the injury, assigning responsibility, and describing the steps a person goes through along the way, but she also includes many exercises and tools to handle all of these phases.

When we’re wounded by someone close to us in a way that betrays the foundation of the relationship, then we feel like our world has been turned upside down. It forces us to re-evaluate our beliefs, and who we are. Our sense of stability and safety has been violated. To be able to heal from this, we have to examine the injury and its consequences.

As spiritual people, many of us believe that we have to take responsibility for everything that happens to us. That’s true to a certain extent. But we can’t control another person’s feelings and actions. So we need to assign responsibility to who actually, consciously and with intent, harmed us. Forgiveness doesn’t mean pardoning the other person. It’s letting go of the anger, empowering ourselves to move on, and recognizing that the wound has changed who we are. We set them free and ourselves free.

Forgiveness is a process of healing, not an eraser of hurt. This comprehensive book explains how to move through that process successfully and grow from it.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart