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TRANSFORMING STEREOTYPES OF SISTERHOOD

Sisterhood is a reward.

The sister relationship, above all other relationships, is the greatest of all.
I believe sisterhood requires more energy than parenting and more work than a marriage.

Sisterhood is a bond often threatened and is threatening all in the same breath.

When women get married, a union is formed.
When women have a family, a nation is built.
When women step into their purpose and empire is created.
But, when women get together the world changes.

Sisterhood, in my opinion, is not something that can be defined. It is an experience that must be had.

There was a time when I might have attempted to understand the term “sister” or “sisterhood” by looking outside myself for a definition. Today, however, as I am perhaps wiser and certainly more confident, I choose to rely on my own personal experience and observation. Although I don’t have a sister by blood, I am well aware of the uniqueness of this relationship and the value it holds for me.

I had the pleasure of interviewing four ladies that I have been watching on Instagram for quite some time, and their movements are astounding. I call these four ladies “The Elements.” They each bring something valuable to the society that they live, work and serve.

Their bond doesn’t come from superficial commonalities, but a shared understanding of each other’s experience and contribution to the world. Within this understanding, any differences can be embraced.

Please review the rest of this article written by Lucinda Cross in Huff Post Women

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9 Movements That Are Trending And Changing The Trajectory For Women

Anyone who follows the Activate Movement knows that we have love and support power movements led by powerful women, for powerful causes. Here’s just 9 of the thousands that represent influence and impact to the world.

Please follow these movements and feel free to post information about your movement in the comments. Not only are these movements trending they are changing the world in which we live, work and serve. Post your movements Hashtag below.

#LIKEAGIRL  Is a movement that focuses on helping girls globally keep their confidence by reclaiming the common comment and insult “like a girl” as a description on female strength.

#ASK4MORE Launched by Levo League, a platform and resource for young professionals, this movement encourages women to request higher salaries and end the gender wage gap.

#LOVEYOURLINES Two moms created an instagram account, @loveyourlines, promoting body positivity. Their movement is about photo images of women showing off their stretch marks to celebrate the changes women’s bodies go through.

#NMMAKESOMENOISE Neiman Marcus’s movement supports women by providing opportunities for through social media to celebrate the accomplishments of bold women with bold voices.
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Monday Motivation: How Are You Going to Change the Game?

 

In order to be a successful chess player, you have to first understand how to play the game. You are probably thinking, Lucinda that is obvious. However, you will be surprised how many people try to jump into a new arena without actually educated themselves on the specific subject.

If you want to be an extraordinary No Deposit Bonus chess player, then I would say observe other successful players or find a mentor to teach you the tricks of the trade. In other words for every new venture you decide to embark on, such as being an entrepreneur or a public speaker, do your homework and study that particular expertise. Also, you should find someone who has traveled the road for advice.

The game of chess requires a player to hone in on their strategic skills and thinking. Therefore, the game seems to be the universal symbol of strategy. Although skills needed in the game of chess can be highly effective in other arenas, if you continuously study the game of chest you can memorize all of the possible moves one can make and all of the possible advancements their opponents can make. Of course, this takes a lot of practice and dedication. However, some fields there is no blueprint and you can’t predict someone’s move thus preparing to make your next. For example, the game of business is unpredictable. Unlike chess, you can’t think of all the possibilities of what may happen and try to find solutions.

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#MondayMotivation: 5 Methods To Keep Track Of Your Time

11304038_745547095558150_730605606_nSetting your priorities and sticking to them is a great step towards reducing your stress, but it won’t help much if you don’t have time to finish all the other menial tasks that are involved in running an at-home business. Items like billing, filing, ordering ink for your printer, and a million other little things that pile up over time still need to be done.

Let’s look at five methods to help you keep better track of where your time goes, and keep on top of your schedule.

 

1. Write everything down.

Famous productivity expert David Allen, author of Get It Done, recommend getting your to-dos out of your brain and onto paper. I can attest that this method works! When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I have found one of the greatest ways to de-stress is to sit down and write out everything I have to do that’s got my head spinning. Whether those are big projects, little five-minute tasks, or anything, it all goes down on paper as my brain is churning out the words. When I can actually see my thoughts on paper, I can start sorting and prioritizing.

2. Keep track of how long a task takes you.

It’s a common psychological trick we play on ourselves – we overestimate how long it takes to complete unpleasant tasks, and we underestimate how long we spend on pleasant items. Get real by writing down the actual time it takes you to do things like file papers, log receipts, and any other tedious task. Then you have a concrete estimate the next time you think, “Oh, that’s going to take all day!”

3. Minimize interruptions.

Turn off your email alert noise, put your phone ringer on mute, and clear your desktop before you jump into a task that requires concentration. Fewer interruptions and distractions allow you to get in that concentrating “sweet spot” where you’re humming along and working at a pleasant clip. That means you’ll get your work done faster and be less stressed. Constant interruptions ultimately result in needing to re-prioritize your day, over and over and over again. You can see how the stress you feel just keeps escalating without minimizing the interruptions each day.
4. Break down large projects.

Big projects – website overhauls, writing reports, planning marketing campaigns, creating a newsletter – can be overwhelming. When faced with a large project, break it up into tasks you can complete in one sitting, preferably in under 20 minutes. That way, instead of looking for a free afternoon to tackle the project all at once (which you’ll never get!), you just need to squeeze in 20 minutes here and there until the project is completed. I don’t know anyone who can’t find 20 minutes, but ask an entrepreneur to block out 8 hours for a project, and you’ll receive in turn a stunned glare, find out baton rouge maid service near by.
5. Take advantage of “lost” time.

Our days are full of five minute breaks between activities. We call these “dead” time. You may be sitting in car-line at your child’s school, or in line at the pharmacy, or even waiting for a pot of water to boil. There you are, simply waiting for something to happen. Keep a notebook with a running list of tasks that can be completed in 5 minutes or less. Schedule an appointment, call a friend to set up a lunch date, clean out your voice mail, file your nails – anything that you know you need to do but don’t get around to doing.

Now when you have “dead” time, glance down at your notebook with the list of 5 minute tasks and start at the top.  Work your way down the list every time you find yourself with a few free minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you accomplish when you’re ready to go!

The power of time management can have you thinking you can do it all now!  You are Superwoman!  You are Supermom!  But, before you go leaping those tall buildings, stop and take a deep breath.  There are still things beyond our control.  Yes, we can do a lot, but we can’t do it all.  Life sometimes gets in the way, even of the most on-task entrepreneur.

To book Lucinda to speak to your organization, conference or event please email Nye Scott nye@activatingamerica.com

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The Moment You Discover Your Strengths, Is the Moment You…

You know too much to turn back now. You’re on purpose, you answered the call, you said YES to your assignment. It’s too late…you are now in the Danger Zone. Dangerously on purpose, dangerously on fire, focused and dangerously free…It’s on now and there is nothing they can do about it. Say “it’s too late, I’m already here”? Lucinda Cross

11141333_10204287996063577_2308263153327543571_n (1)One thing we all want is respect.  We want others to believe in us and in what we do.  In order to make the necessary shifts we must tune into our power.  Many of us are on the wrong channel in our lives.  We are on the Entertainment tonight channel when we should be tuned into the Discovery channel of our life.

This week I challenge you to Stand up and Speak up. Start with confronting any fears you have.  Once you confront your fears then you can truly create the life you desire and that takes time.

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4 Ways to Attend The Activate 2K15 Conference for Free

Activate001_Flyer V3I know what it’s like having a desire to attend a conference or function and your financial ends don’t meet. Some events I have attended have cost me up to $2500 just in ticket price so trust me I get it. Attending conferences and events can be the quickest way down Broke Lane. Even the early bird rates seem a bit much at times. I understand.

This year for Activate we are dedicating all sorts of specials to make it easier on the pockets. One thing I can say about being strategic about the conferences I wanted to attend in advance worked out 80% better than waiting till the last minute.

For example: If you plan on travelling to an event in the Fall get your flight and hotel in the Spring. If you plan on travelling to an event in the Winter get your flight and hotel by Summer the latest.  This way you get a great rate and your focus is now getting your conference ticket. (more…)

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La felicidad a través de los ‘vision boards’ o mapas de los deseos

Lucinda Cross en las jornadas #Activate2K14 del centro de conferencias del diario ‘The New York Times’.

La felicidad a través de los ‘vision boards’ o mapas de los deseos.

Hablamos con la escritora y ‘coach’ estadounidense Lucinda Cross, una de las gurús internacionales en el arte de la visualización creativa.

los 18 años le condenaron a cuatro años y medio de prisión por narcotráfico. Durante su etapa en la cárcel, Lucinda Cross-Otiti se refugió en la fe y participó activamente en todos los talleres que le ofrecían. En uno de ellos encontró la inspiración. Las conferencias de Tony Robbins y Les Brown le dieron la pista para volver a imaginar su futuro. Se empapó de lecturas sobre desarrollo personal y pensamiento positivo y decidió aplicarlas a su vida. El día que la liberaron se propuso tomar las riendas de su realidad y dedicarse a ayudar a los demás.

Así es como esta neoyorquina se convirtió en una de las mujeres más respetadas de su país en el campo del desarrollo personal. Sus investigaciones sobre la práctica de la visualización le permiten hoy recorrer Estados Unidos al tiempo que ofrece charlas, cursos de formación y asesorías a multinacionales. Ha escrito varios libros y colabora periódicamente en la edición estadounidense de The Huffington Post. Además dirige la iniciativa Activate your life today. ¿Su especialidad? Los vision boards o mapas de los deseos –también conocidos como wish boards–, una vieja técnica de crecimiento personal popularizada hace una década por la escritora Rhonda Byrne y la presentadora Oprah Winfrey. La idea consiste en diseñar un tablón con frases y recortes de revista que nos ayude a no perder de vista aquello que deseamos. Hablamos con ella para saber más sobre el cambio, la felicidad y la conquista de los imposibles.

Read more at: http://smoda.elpais.com/articulos/vision-boards-o-mapas-de-los-suenos-por-lucinda-cross-felicidad/6116

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Procrastination Rally: Setting Goals

20150213_205804What are you waiting for?

I am starting a Procrastination Rally.  No More Procrastination. The roof, the roof is on fire, we don’t need no water let the procrastinator excuses burn, burn down long to do list, burn information hoarders, burn time wasters, burn baby burn.

Research shows that most of us spend up to 80% of our time on activities that have nothing to do with the success of our projects. We load ourselves down with endless tasks that keep us feeling busy, yet at the end of the day we wonder why we have accomplished little to nothing.

“No matter what we do, there will be people around us that will say that it’s crazy, that we shouldn’t do that. I think those people are very important for us. They’re there to find out if we believe in and are committed to doing what we say we’re doing.” ~John Francis

  • Why do we miss deadlines, put off doing things we dislike, and accept stress and procrastination as a necessary part of life?
  • What experiences have shaped the way you think about time?
  • Do you need to rethink your views?
  • If you were asked to speak to a group of students about the best way to use time, what would you say to them?

Please recognize that procrastination is keeping you from achieving all that you can in life.
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The Bigger The Vision, The Bigger The Distractions

I want you to take a look at your life and see who or what needs a 72-hour eviction notice. CWP_AVBP-1732Start drafting up your notices this week. We cannot move in action if we allow squatters to take up valuable space.

We are women on the move. Women in action. Women of power. Women who are mothers of this earth. We have to be careful who we allow to stay and occupy space in our home, our minds, our businesses, our relationships, and our life in general. We are growing and need to have room for abundance and prosperity.

Ask yourself, How much longer am I going to allow people, things and past situations to take up space in my life? If you have BIG dreams and aspirations and you know you have a destiny to fulfill, you must begin within.

Who or What do you need to give a 72-hour notice to? Could it be you, getting out of your own way? Is it your friends, your family, your spouse, your job? Think about it and decide. You no longer have room for squatters. Join us for the next Activate Your Vision Mastermind to help you stay focused and accountable. Session starts March, 2nd. Click here to fill out an application. 

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