Mindset

Become A “What’s Next” Leader In Your Industry

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Developing a what’s happening today and that can change tomorrow type of mindset. It is easy for you to look at what is going on and buzzing around in your industry trend for today, but when it comes to “what’s next” for tomorrow you have to be ahead of the learning curve.

 

Every idea is fragile and must be protected for longevity.  What is going to happen next in your industry and how can you begin to implement the next trend in your business before it is exposed? I want you to pick one of your fabulous ideas that you are willing to fight for and put together a beta test. Test out your ideas, pilot your ideas, work out the kinks. Be willing to fail forward when it comes to being the “what’s next” leader.

Learn from the challenges that are presented.

Learn from the success.

Don’t focus on working in perfection, focus on working in excellence.  Become a change agent for yourself first and then become an activator that understands the in’s and out’s of your position and role in your leadership role as a business owner, ministry leader, artist, executive, this list goes on.  Whatever position you hold right now in life be the one who is thought of as the “go to person” for the “what’s next”.

 

Activate: Take 2 hours a day for the next 7 days and research where your indistry is headed in the next 10, 20 or 50 years. What is needed for the ideas you have for today to be even more successful and needed for tomorrow? For example if you are a coach, how can you create a program for the coaching industry that other coaches can use.  How can you begin to license your intellectual capital to be used in corporate training?

 

 

 

 

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The Beauty Of Your Ideas Does Not Need Validation

Let’s look at the characters in the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy was completely out of her comfort zone , she was homesick but was seeking something different outside of herself to validate herself.  Dorothy started to search for a way to get back to a place that she can relate to, once things started to get real weird and unfamiliar.

The scarecrow was in search of a brain

The tin man was in search for a heart

The cowardly Lion was in search for courage

They were searching for the wizard who they felt would give them the gifts of acknowledgement of the essence that they already posses.

The scarecrow had only to acknowledge or validate for himself that he had a brain and was clever. The Tin man had to validate and acknowledge for himself that he had a heart and was compassionate. The Lion had courage in his gutsy rescue of Dorothy he just needed to be confident and acknowledge that the courage was already there.

We are already born and equipped complete and whole. The process of liberation is not having to “get” something outside of ourselves in order to become complete.  We only need to acknowledge the value within ourselves that has always been present, our essence.  The authentic gifts that God has given to us freely and all we have to do is acknowledge that we have them and put them to work.

Dorothy was in search of a place that was already inside of her.  What if I told you that the characters of the wizard of Oz were all of the limiting beliefs that have taken form in Dorothy’s mind?  She was already clever, she was compassionate and she had courage.  The home she was searching for was in her all along.  The conversation she had to convince these characters that they had the power within them is a conversation she had with herself. She was seeking validation and all she needed to do was acknowledge that she was already a complete and whole Dorothy.

You are complete and whole and you are equipped with all you need to move forward.  Please don’t seek validation from the outside; you already have what you need. Your ideas are beautiful.

If you are ready to execute your ideas? To experience your life in new ways, to experience more joy, love, peace, harmonious relationships, and abundance? Are you ready to transform who you think you are from a limited mindset to knowing the impossible is possible?

If you are ready for renewing your creative fire, ready to let go of past pain and suffering, and to view your life and relationships in new ways, this membership will assist you in doing so. If you are ready to turn your experiences and personal story into an empire join us today and become an Activator.

 

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Shirley Chisholm: Definition of Leadership

Every day a leader is born.  As a leader who coaches and mentors leaders I find it equally important to study those who have left clues for leadership success.  We as women must stand for something and speak up for something.  We as women must unite and collaborate.  We as leaders must be willing to follow and learn how to speak our truth and stand in our power.  Women such as Shirley Chisholm made a bold claim in the 70’s that she was going to run for president.  She was bold, she was determined and she activated her thoughts into actions. Let’s not back down from doing something historical this year.  All it takes is a “Yes, Count me in” to get the impossible done.

Shirley Chisholm was the first black congresswoman, and the first African-American woman to make a bid for the U.S. Presidency.

What do you stand for today?

Are you ahead of the flock?

What truth do you stand on?

What bold calim are you making to the world?

Watch this 2min video of the late and great Shirley Chisholm as she talks about The Definition of Leadership.

Shirley Chisholm : Definition of Leadership

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Life gets easier when you stop trying to please the people

My mother always told me that death comes in three’s.  Well we witnessed the passing of Mrs. I Can’t, then Ms. Self Sabotage and now the tragic passing of both Mr. and Mrs. People Pleaser.

Some may say that this is extreme, but when you think about it, if we constantly allow the EGO and the limiting beliefs and behaviors die, we will be free.

The best and most successful Activators I know have built solid relationships with their customers by letting their personality, or uniqueness, shine and letting their fears die.

Life gets a lot easier when you give up trying to please the people who will never accept the real you. That’s true in relationships as well as business. It’s true in life.

You’re not wrong, or broken. You’re just a unique individual. So quit trying to hide it and celebrate it!

Many blessings for 2012. Don’t wait till the last minute to connect with me for my 2012 Activation Incubator or Spring Protege Program.  Email me right away after you view this inspiring clip. assistant@lucindacross.com

Here is an awesome 2min clip from Bishop T.D. Jakes

 

 

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Cheers To The Crazy Ones,The Misfits,The Rebels. Thanks to Steve Jobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to those who are not afraid to be different and think different.

Visions such as the one Steve Job had was one that will carry on a legacy so strong that it allows others to dare to dream and dream big.  He is an example of what it means to have a clear and focused vision.

I dare you to grab a hold of your vision with all our might.  Go beyond dreaming and become a visionary. Grab a hold of that vision that is so grand and much larger than your own comprehension, that vision that is so crazy and out of this world, that vision that makes people say “hmmm okay, wonder how she/he is going to pull that off”.

Check out this Think Different video that Steve Jobs so eloquently express the position of a visionary.

Cheers To The Crazy Ones, The Misfits, The Rebels…

 

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80-and-over NYC Marathoner Champion. Are you ready to train harder in 2012?

Looking for some inspiration, I ran across this archived article posted by the Wall Street Journal  featuring Joy Johnson, the defending 80-and-over champion in the New York City Marathon.  She is a true runner and was competing against her last run time.  Not pleased with her performance she turned up the heat in her training, she connected with a trainer and worked on reducing her finishing time for the NYC Marathon for 80 and over.  I found it fascinating that she was competing against herself.  How much further ahead many of us would be if we tried to beat our best record.  Without looking at others and trying to compete with others, how amazing it would be and better we would become if we tried to out do ourselves. Through determination and motivation, Lady Johnson accomplished her goal.

If this does not inspire you to train harder in whatever you do, then I have no clue what to tell you.  If you are a speaker, work on your presentation skills, if you are a coach, work on your strategy and process, if you are an assistant or virtual assistant work on your implementation and systems.  We all have something we can train harder on, not work harder but train harder.  If you train hard, the work will be easy when it is time to perform.

How are you going to compete against your last performance?

How can you begin to challenge yourself to raise the bar in 2012?

How can you increase your speed in retrieving results?

This is a 2 min video worth watching and I dare you to raise your training regimen.  As always I am here to consult and coach anyone who is ready to turn up the heat in accomplishing their goal.

 

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Exchange of Value

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please don’t get caught up in thinking about making a big difference that you forget about the small differences you can make, today, tomorrow or right now, that can add up to big differences.

What can you do for someone else that you would like done for you?

Success in life is based on an exchange of value.

This is one of the biggest problems that women I coach have with their businesses. They feel as if their not making progress if they are not taking big steps.

In order to make a big difference you have to commit to making small differences everyday. Start by joining the 20:12 Activation Incubator 20 weeks and 12 days of personal support #howcanihelpyou

 

Email my trusted assistant Jeny for more details: assistant@lucindacross.com

 

Lucinda Cross is a Lifestyle and Business fire starter specializing in women’s success. She is the CEO and Founder of Activate!, Author of Corporate Mom Drop Outs, Founder of Praying Moms.org and Activate Me 24/7 Membership. She is also co-owner of the Super Mom Entrepreneur Conference and Expo. Her journey into entrepreneurship began when she became a mom and she has been building businesses ever since as a mompreneur. She has defied all the odds both in life and in business and has mastered the ability to turn adversities into advantages. She travels the world sharing her message and inspiring women to Activate in all areas of life! Her new book “The Road To Redemption: Overcoming Life’s Detours, Obstacles and Challenges” is set to release in Mar 2012.  You can find out more about Lucinda Cross or request to hire her for your upcoming conference, seminar, graduation or celebration by emailing her agent at  lcspeak@mahoganycommunications.com or simply connect with her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lucindacrossspeaks.com , Twitter @lucindaspeaks.

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4 Rules of Imperfection: Imperfection Looks Good On Me

Imperfection rule #1: So what! In order to be imperfect you have to have an outcome.  What is the outcome you desire to see? Once you have clearly defined the outcome you are expecting, detach from it.  Hope for the best, wish for the better.  Either way you win.

 

Imperfection rule #2: Is it working? Are you aware enough to see whether what you’re doing is working or not working? Many people continue to do what’s not working trying to be perfect.  Perfection can keep you stuck.  Doing your best and doing what works will get you to where you need to be.

 

Imperfection rule #3: Have a smorgasbord. A great way to move forward with your plans is to have a variety of ways that you can prosper and succeed.  Have more than one income stream, have more than just a book, have a workshop to go with it, have more than one way to get things done, make more money, have more time.  The more you are flexible the more harvest you will reap.  Harvest comes from planting more than one seed.

 

Imperfection rule #4: Do something. Nike told you to “just do it”, Rocky told you “you are the champion”, President Obama told you “Yes we can”, God told you “you are more than a conquer” so TAKE ACTION and put what you know into PRACTICE.

 

Being imperfect is fun there is no failure, no pressure, no stress or anxiety.  Imperfection is results driven and productive. Try it on, one size fits all.

 

Activate News Flash: This weekend there was a tragic accident, Ms. Self Sabotage died from an overdose of confidence. This is not the time to second guess your self or let people talk yourself out of what you need to do or decide to do. This is the time to trust, pay attention, and operate out of “READINESS”. Talking about ready is not going to do it, thinking about ready is not enough, writing about ready is not going to work. Help yourself to some confidence, you can drink as much as you like as long as you Activate!

 

 

 

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Shame on Forbes.com: “If I Were A Poor Black Kid”

As I was checking on one of my trusted advisor websites,  Alfred Edmond Jr SVP/Editor-at-large of BLACK ENTERPRISE, I noticed his well stated rebuttal to an article posted on Forbes.com by Gene Marks.  The article headline read: “If I Were A Poor Black Kid“.  Well Mr. Edmond decided to write his article called: If I Were A Rich, Privileged White Kid, and here is my two cents to Mr. Marks.

 

Mr. Marks,


It appears that your intention was to educate, encourage and empower a “poor black kid” on what it takes to be successful in life.   To avoid being “outside of your expertise”, it would have been prudent to interview successful black men and women to find out what it took to bring them out of poverty into prosperity. It also would have shown wisdom to ask them how they handled the shortages of food, clothing, shelter, money, etc.  A “good education”, “good job” and “tech skills” are not necessarily passports to health, wealth, love, career fulfillment or monetary satisfaction. Are you familiar with the term “the working poor?”

In closing, I would like to suggest that you really look at  the power of words. Self-esteem is a critical component of success. Your article title “poor black kid” shows the limitation of your paradigm because it places a dis-empowering  label upon a child. Rather than arrogantly stating that you stand by your words, it would be beneficial to consider that a shift in consciousness is in order as this article in particular clearly reveals your true intention, which was to demean, belittle and criticize. Any child reading this article would be hard-pressed to walk away with self-esteem in tact after reading your post.

I believe that you would greatly benefit from volunteering your time and services. Join the people on the front lines who give generously of their time, undivided attention, intellectual capital and financial resources to solve the problem of poverty. First hand experience would clearly teach you empathy and compassion and the power of “doing” versus “talking about what you would do”.


That is my two cents…

Lucinda Cross is a Lifestyle and Business fire starter specializing in women’s success. She is the CEO and Founder of Activate!, Author of Corporate Mom Drop Outs, Founder of Praying Moms.org and Activate Me 24/7 Membership. She is also co-owner of the Super Mom Entrepreneur Conference and Expo. Her journey into entrepreneurship began when she became a mom and she has been building businesses ever since as a mompreneur. She has defied all the odds both in life and in business and has mastered the ability to turn adversities into advantages. She travels the world sharing her message and inspiring women to Activate in all areas of life! Her new book “The Road To Redemption: Overcoming Life’s Detours, Obstacles and Challenges” is set to release in Mar 2012.  You can find out more about Lucinda Cross or request to hire her for your upcoming conference, seminar, graduation or celebration by emailing her agent at  lcspeak@mahoganycommunications.com or simply connect with her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lucindacrossspeaks.com , Twitter @lucindaspeaks.
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Digital Underground: Is it taking over human interaction?

No one is talking face to face anymore; we have slowly become cyber robots.  Church is online, school is online, you can go food shopping online, work fulltime online, virtual dates and even bullies are online.  Where is the human interaction? We are doing more emailing, more tweeting, more status updates, more blog reading (including this one), and less interaction. Guess what? This is making us less human and more technical in my opinion.  People are online all the time, mobile devices, mobile home offices, instant access to anyone at any time.  Don’t get me wrong I enjoy my virtual world, but it is essential to be fully engaged in REAL life experiences.

I see people texting while waiting in line for their coffee, while exercising in the gym, while going up or down in an elevator, on their way to the train, during dinner and even during family emergencies you get notified on Face Book. Yes, we are able to maximize the tiny windows of time, but we are slowly losing the very thing that keeps us alive. Scientists are discovering an unexpected side effect: The higher digital input we receive, the less time our brains get to process information, learn and become creative. In other words: We need downtime away from the gadgets to get new insights and new creative ideas.

I myself have created a digital diet.  I am on the computer for a certain amount of time, and then I am on the phone certain amount of time and then no texting when family is home or around.  I have to give myself time to think without being on warp speed all day.   I don’t run to my phone first thing in the morning and I don’t rush to Face book or Twitter, I give myself thinking time especially when my mind is still fresh in the morning.  I love the internet but I use it to keep me above ground and ready to activate.

If you’re wondering what is happening to your brain and why it’s difficult to retain information or stay focused, it’s probably due to being on digital overload, in what I call a digital underground, never surfacing for air. If you are looking to renew your creative fire you have to be less online. “Almost certainly, downtime lets the brain go over experiences it’s had, solidify them and turn them into permanent long-term memories,” said Loren Frank, assistant professor in the department of physiology at the University of California, San Francisco recently in The New York Times.

Be moderate and responsible with your time online.  If you feel you are a tad bit addicted, start to wean yourself off slowly.  Cherish your offline moments while you can.

Lucinda Cross is a Lifestyle and Business fire starter specializing in women’s success. She is the CEO and Founder of Activate!, Author of Corporate Mom Drop Outs, Founder of Praying Moms.org and Activate Me 24/7 Membership. She is also co-owner of the Super Mom Entrepreneur Conference and Expo. Her journey into entrepreneurship began when she became a mom and she has been building businesses ever since as a mompreneur. She has defied all the odds both in life and in business and has mastered the ability to turn adversities into advantages. She travels the world sharing her message and inspiring women to Activate in all areas of life! Her new book “The Road To Redemption: Overcoming Life’s Detours, Obstacles and Challenges” is set to release in Mar 2012.  You can find out more about Lucinda Cross or request to hire her for your upcoming conference, seminar, graduation or celebration by emailing her agent at  lcspeak@mahoganycommunications.com or simply connect with her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lucindacrossspeaks.com , Twitter @lucindaspeaks.

 

 

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