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Road to SuccessProductivity 101: A Primer to The Pomodoro Technique
This is a technique to improve your productivity, creativity, concentration and reduce distractions. It’s one I recommend to my coaching clients. This particular version of it uses a specific timer to time your task. This article’s instructions are clear and fun.

What To Do When You Feel Like You Haven’t Accomplished Enough
It’s easy to feel like you haven’t done enough when you compare yourself to someone else. You know you’ve made a lot of progress in your life, but still feel like you’re lacking. This article gives you some specific tips on how to overcome that feeling and recognize your success.

This Weird Tip Can Help You Clear Your Mind
Everyone gets bogged down when they’re working on a project or focus for too long. It’s hard to continue to be creative and innovative when you feel that way. One of the things I do is walk away from it for a few minutes. But this article gives a quicker way for you to get refocused and back on track.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jul 282017
 

Woman with outstretched arms 9 Things That Make You Unlikable
Being likeable is something that you can cultivate within yourself, and can improve your performance. Being unlikable can create problems with your relationships and the way people perceive you. But some characteristics can sneak up on you. Learn what they are and how you can change them.

Meditation For Beginners: 11 Easy Tips
Numerous studies show amazing benefits for your mind, body and spirit. It reduces stress and makes you more productive. But many people don’t know how to begin this valuable practice. Here are some great tips to use to begin meditating.

Can Optimism Boost Women’s Lives?
A recent study of 70,000 women found that optimism reduces their risk of dying of all sorts of diseases by 30%. This article explores the ways these women express their optimism and how it affects their decisions. Optimism can be learned, and this article points to some ways that it can improve your life.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Stay the Course

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Jul 172017
 

Do you ever jump into motion without determining where it’s going to take you? If you do, you’ll probably waste time, energy and increase your stress. Learn what you can do to improve your chances of success and get to your destination more easily.



Transcription:
When I was growing up, my father and a neighbor would leave for work at about the same time. They’d drive the same route through rush hour traffic for several miles, before my father would exit. One day, the neighbor and my dad left at the exact same time. On the freeway, she wove in and out of traffic, trying to get ahead. My dad just stayed the course, going with the flow of traffic. When my father finally exited, the neighbor was only 1 car length ahead of him.

What about you? Do you ever try to get ahead by just staying in motion? Does it serve you? Motion without a reason doesn’t usually help. It just wastes time and energy, and keeps you stressed so you can’t think clearly.

It’s better to be deliberate and decisive instead of reactive. The neighbor was reactive, jumping from one lane to the other, looking for a fastest one. She took the short term view and just stayed in motion. It didn’t give her the results she wanted, as she could see from her relationship to my dad’s car, but she kept doing it anyway.

My father was deliberate, deciding to take the long range view, knowing that it was a myth that there would be a faster lane. He didn’t waste gas or let his frustration level climb, like the neighbor did.

My coaching tip is to think things through. This is true for any decision or action. Don’t just leap into motion and be reactive. You won’t get the results you want. Be deliberate and decide on your action ahead of time. And then stay the course. You’ll get to your destination easier, smoother and with a lot less wear and tear on your nerves.

Read the article that accompanies this video, Don’t Push the River.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Don’t Push the River

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Jul 132017
 

by Linda-Ann Stewart

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One day, my father and a neighbor left for work at exactly the same time. They entered the freeway with the neighbor’s car directly behind my father’s. My father went with the flow of traffic, not changing lanes in a vain attempt to seek a faster route. The neighbor, however, wove in, out and through the traffic, trying to get ahead.

When my father finally left the freeway about 10 miles later, the neighbor was only one car ahead him. All that effort, stress, and extra gas had resulted in the gain of only two car lengths. Trying to maneuver to get ahead, she’d made very little progress, was frustrated in her attempts and irritated her nerves. She allowed her impatience to make a bad commute into a worse one.

Many times, when you try to compel a situation to move faster than it was designed to, you sabotage your efforts. It can even cause the circumstance to resist and push back. For instance, you can’t convince someone to love, accept or approve of you. The more you try to persuade them, the more you drive them away.

The same is true of not being able to force someone to hire you. You have to let them make the decision to do so. A salesperson that pressures a potential customer to buy their product will alienate that customer. When you try to shove your will onto a situation, you get the opposite of what you want.

By trying to control conditions, you’re tying up your inner resources. You’re stressed by your efforts and it interferes with your innovation, creativity, the ability to listen and to make plans. It also blocks your subconscious from seeking and finding other solutions.

When I was growing up, my mother used to repeat the proverb, “Don’t push the river, it flows by itself.” She explained that, no matter what you did, you couldn’t force the river to flow any faster. I realized she meant to not try to force events to unfold, because all you’ll is to waste energy. For example, have you ever tried to will yourself to fall asleep? The more you try, the more awake you become. You have to let go and allow it to happen.

But, at the same time, you also can’t just hope the river will take you where you want to go. You have to provide the right conditions to maximize your results. For example, to get to sleep more easily, you have to create a calm environment. There’s a fine line between going with the flow and swimming with the current.

If you just drift, the water could crash you onto rocks, or divert you into another tributary. However, if you swim with the current, you’re cooperating with the river and using its energy to propel you downstream. You’re also in better control of where you go. If it tries to tangle you in brush at the bank, you’re able to move away from the trees and back into the flow.

When it seems that no matter what you do, you get swept into eddies at the edge of the river or slammed onto rocks, assess your direction. Somehow, you’re not working with the current and the results are telegraphing that something is amiss. You need to address some aspect of your vision, mindset or plan.

Check your vision. Is it clear enough? Does it reflect what you really want? If it’s your business, do you have a product or service the public wants and needs? Have you communicated it in a way they realize its value? If you have a clear vision, then keep it in front of you every day.

Check your mindset. Do you believe your dream is attainable? Are you inspired to work towards your vision? Do you feel like you deserve what you’re seeking? If your mindset supports your vision, stay focused on where you want to go.

Check your plan. Do you have a step by step plan? Is it right for you? Is it taking you in the direction of your vision? Are you working it every day? If your plan is on track, make sure you’re taking consistent actions to keep you moving forward.

If you’re constantly frustrated with your progress, take a step back and consider. Are you trying to push the river to make it go faster? If so, you’re just wasting energy. Other elements may need to develop before you can get into the center of the channel. Be patient and persistent. When these three key items are aligned, you’ll be in the flow and swimming with the current.

Affirmation:
The Universe isn’t holding my good back from me. It wants me to have all the good I can accept. I now allow things to unfold in Divine Time for my Highest Good. I let go of trying to force events and let the Universe guide the situation. I take the actions I know to take, and align myself with the flow.

Watch this month’s Mindset Coaching Tip video, Stay the Course, which accompanies this article.

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, email her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com with "Complimentary Consultation" in the subject line.

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Jul 062017
 

Sunset Crater, Flagstaff AZWhat To Say To Yourself To Be Happier And More Successful
Do you have a negative voice in your head, telling you that you’re worthless, you can’t be a success, or undermining in some way? They influence your decisions and actions on a daily basis, limiting you and keeping you from fulfilling your potential. But when you can turn those negative thoughts around, they can be positive ideas to guide your life. This article gives 9 very positive self-talk scripts that you can use to flip those negative thoughts into positive ones.

Are You Wired for Resilience?
What would you do if you were assured of success? Most people are wired to avoid painful experiences, which limits them and makes their world smaller. Rather than allow the difficult situations hold you hostage, learn how to process them more quickly. Learn the skills in the article to improve your well being and bounce back from adversity.

3 Warning Signs You’re Dealing With An Aggressive Manipulator
Unfortunately, at some point, we all have to deal with manipulators. They may be coworkers, managers, or family members. They use passive-aggressive or intimidating patterns of behavior to get what they want. It can be indirect and sneaky or overt, as in a bully. This article delves into what makes them that way and the warning signs of one.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jun 292017
 

Sun RaysHow to Master Your Mind: Part One- Who’s Running Your Thoughts?
Your mind creates your life, but if destructively, it can ruin you. Your mind and your thoughts affect how you perceive and interpret reality. This affects your decisions and actions. So learning how to master your mind is one of the most important things you can do if you want a better life. This article specifically addresses the parts of you that create negative thoughts in your mind.

The Secret To More Meaningful Work
I doubt it’s any surprise that surveys find that 52% of people are unhappy in their work. A desire for meaningful work ranks higher than money or promotions. But meaningful work doesn’t have to be found elsewhere. It can be found right where you are. Learn how you can find motivation and meaning in the work you have now.

Are Your Beliefs About Power Leaving You Powerless?
Many people grow up with a distrust of power, because they’ve seen it used destructively. They may even have been the victims of ruthlessness. Because of that, there’s a basic misunderstanding of what power actually is. True leaders use power to help others. Learn not only how power can be beneficial, but how to avoid having it corrupt you.

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Jun 232017
 

Flagstaff Aspen Rainbow7 Ways To Truly Master Your Own Mind
Your thoughts determine the quality of your life. They’re like nutrition for your mind.It’s not easy to have the discipline, but the rewards are tremendous. Use the ways in this article to monitor your thoughts so you have a fulfilled life.

‘No’ Is A Complete Sentence: 11 Tips
This is a lesson I’ve learned and that I share with my clients. It’s an essential one of you want to be authentic, stay on your purpose and honor your priorities. It’s not easy, but the tips from this article will give you the strategies you need to hold your ground.

Psychological Well-being Can Shorten the Road to Wellness
A large percentage of business leaders believe that a good business culture gives them a competitive advantage. Yet, an almost equal amount believe they have a problem with employee retention and engagement. Including psychological well-being in wellness programming makes a huge impact in employees happiness.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jun 152017
 

Sunset Crater, Flagstaff AZThe Backfire Effect: You’re Right to Get Emotional About this Cognitive Bias
The backfire effect is when a person won’t believe facts that contradict their beliefs. They actually attach to their beliefs even stronger. In business, false information about you on social media can destroy you. This article gives suggestions on how to counter that effect and salvage your reputation.

10 Words People Who Are Not Confident Always Use
Words have power. They project your intentions and they also reinforce your beliefs about yourself. If you use wishy-washy words, you’re not only going to be seen that way, but you’ll have trouble believing in yourself. However, when you change your words, you’ll notice an improvement in the way you feel and how others respond to you. Learn 10 words to avoid.

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid At All Costs
Some toxic people have no idea how they affect people. Other toxic people derive satisfaction from the chaos they create. No matter which category they fall in, they are difficult and stressful to deal with. Toxic people take a toll on you, physically, mentally and emotionally. If you can, avoid them. But first, learn to identify them with the help of this article.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jun 092017
 

Sun Rays10 Reasons You Should Meditate Every Day
Research shows that there are many physical and emotional benefits to meditating. It helps to reduce stress, decision making, and having more control over your emotions, among others. This article covers several of them, explaining why meditation is so important.

Count It: How Many Times These Business Leaders Tried Before They Succeeded (Infographic)
How many times have you tried something before you gave up? What if the next time was the one in which you succeeded? This is a cute infographic showing how many times some scientists, businessmen and entrepreneurs failed before they succeeded. It will give you some motivation and encouragement to see that success doesn’t come quickly.

The Placebo Effect Can Mend Your Broken Heart, Study Suggests
This article specifically addresses life after divorce, but the strategy it suggest could be used after any loss. The idea is basically find something that makes you feel better, with the attitude that it might help you move beyond your grief. As long as you’re doing something positive, it can influence your brain and reduce your pain. This article goes into greater depth about the strategy and how it actually affects you.

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May 272017
 

Grand Canyon Rim TrailHow to Turn Off Negative Thoughts in Your Mind
The things you say to yourself affect your view of yourself and your world. Negative beliefs condition you to feel like you’re not enough or capable. When you become aware of those feelings, you can trace them to thoughts that are probably not true. This article gives some tips on how to switch off negative thoughts.

Why Women Need To Grow Their Self-Worth
Both men and women experience the “Imposter Syndrome.” But because of their early experiences and societal pressures, women deal with it more often. This article examines the issue behind women’s self-doubt and gives some suggestions on how to overcome them.

How to Focus & Prioritize Your Life by Copying the Mindset of Elite Entrepreneurs
The secret behind success and productivity isn’t magical, it’s focus. When you focus on one task at a time, you get a lot more done than trying to juggle several. This article gives some valuable tips and suggestions to keep you on track.