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Monday Motivation: 4 Tips To Finally Finish What You Started

Finish What You StartedDuring the half time in a game, the entertainment comes out, the players get a rest, the coach reviews the game plan and motivates the team, a discussion happens as to who is not performing at the highest and best, and whether or not they need more defense.  There is a lot of activity going on during half time that motivates the players to finish the game with intentions to win.

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  1. Plan Out Your Time: If your intentions are to win, win, win, no matter what, then moving past the half time to the finish line is important.  Beginning a new thing or a new project is exciting, but you must be selective with your time and how you use it.  Keep the end result in mind. I like to create a small vision board for my major goals with a list of of my minor goals that will get me closer to accomplishing my major goal. Each major goal should have a timeline and focus days that you dedicate to your completion date.
  2. Get Rid Of Perfectionism: What happens when starters get to the half-way mark is perfectionism. Perfectionism leads to procrastination and gets in the way of making it to the finish line. When procrastination takes over you no longer see yourself at the finish line. You begin to get tired and overwhelmed. The best way to get rid of perfectionism is to keep it moving with a sense of urgency.
  3. Commitment Is Key: Give yourself permission to end a project if it’s really not in line with your vision.  If you are at the half way mark in your project, focus on finishing what you started. Take this time to look at the game plan and see what needs to be changed, added or omitted. How you started may not be the way you finish. Some of the team and support you started with may not be there with you at the finish line. That’s why half time is so important.
  4. Make A Plan And Work Your Plan: Rely on your half time strategy, planning and process, not your own willpower. You want to create a mindset and working environment (associates, partners, volunteers, advisors) that will pull you and push you forward towards the finish line. Answer the following questions:
  • What do you need to do to stick to the plan?
  • What is the outcome you desire?
  • What will it look like when you have attained the desired result?
  • What will it feel like when you have reached your goal?
  • Who will you be celebrating or sharing this moment with?
  • Where will you be sharing the moment?
  • How will your life be different from that way it is now when you have crossed the finish line?
  • What aspects of your life so you have to overcome or change in order to cross the finish line?

Half Time Tip: if you want to stay motivated to complete what you have started, to move past half time, then you must do one thing.  Celebrate. Celebrate during half time; congratulate yourself at that midway mark.  This will heighten your motivation and determination to complete your project.
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The Gift Of Adversity

The gift of adversity.

Sometimes adversity ends in sweet success, and sometimes it’s in the funk of failure.

One thing that we can all agree on is that adversity forces us to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

The adversity that we have to deal with in life challenges us to find our inner strength, and to find strengths we didn’t even know we had, to tackle
problems we had no idea how to solve, and most importantly how to go against the odds.

We come out the other side a different person, with a new perspective and appreciation for life.
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@MommyNoire Feature 10 Moms Who Rock! Including Lucinda Cross

LucindaPostArt-1-643x430By @Konnectshun “Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!” – See more at: http://mommynoire.com/301464/10-fabulous-moms-who-rock-lucinda-cross/#sthash.yxWdf3Mr.dpuf

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2013 Activate Reflections #2: Teachable Moments

All of the patterns that kept showing up are all teachable moments, even the painful ones. In every situation stop and ask yourself—What is the lesson I need to learn right NOW?

According to Wikipedia:

The concept was popularized by Robert Havighurst in his 1952 book, Human Development and Education. In the context of education theory, Havighurst explained,

“A developmental task is a task which is learned at a specific point and which makes achievement of succeeding tasks possible. When the timing is right, the ability to learn a particular task will be possible. This is referred to as a ‘teachable moment.’ It is important to keep in mind that unless the time is right, learning will not occur. Hence, it is important to repeat important points whenever possible so that when a student’s teachable moment occurs, s/he can benefit from the knowledge.”[1]

What is the last teachable moment you can think of?

What did you learn?

Who or what taught the lesson?

 

 

~Lucinda Cross.com

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F’ing Up: Lifestyle Freedom

Today’s F’ing up story is about FREEDOM. What does freedom feel like for you? What does freedom smell like for you? How does freedom feel?

When you look at freedom do you experience the benefits of being free or do you find yourself carrying dead weight. The weight of being mentally bound by believing you were not good enough, smart enough, tough enough, young enough, too big enough or too short enough to do.

Freedom requires you to let go and release your mind, heart and soul from the fear that someone or something on the outside can stop you, harm you or hurt you on the inside.

Freedom requires you to let go from the self imposed, self inflicted limitations of feeling and believing you are not enough and you are doing something wrong or you are wrong I some form or fashion. You don’t need to be fixed; you just need to be free. Let me repeat that…you don’t need to be fixed you just need to be free. You must not and will no longer let anyone, anything; any thoughts confine, define or bind you.

When you allow yourself the permission to be free, you will be able to use the gifts that God has given you with no restraints. You allow yourself to develop, to be used and not abused and you begin to leave a legacy.

The goal is to get free, to leverage and maximize the use of your gifts so that you leave a mark, make a contribution to good. Not just using them with the intent to earn money. Even though you may earn lots of money, you want to use the gifts to show gratitude for being here.

Give! Spend! Unconditionally! Maximize every opportunity to give freely! Show you are grateful. As you step into this new level of freedom, then you will BE the gift to someone; everyone and everywhere.

You will BE the gift to everyone that comes on your path. Think it! Plan it! Envision it! Feel it! Put effort to it! Be it! Live it! See yourself and all your thoughts, ideas, talents as gifts from God given to you for the purpose of giving to someone else. Give the gifts away, everyday! Reach, stretch, and give!

Freedom is a state of mind. Your freedom is your business; you are not required to share your new state of mind, just your gifts. Let your actions do the talking.

I Am Free.

If you enjoyed this F’ing Up: Lifestyle Freedom post you will also enjoy the F’ing Up: How to balance your faith, fitness, finances, family and friends eBook and audio please click here to download your copy or read the flip book version instantly.

 

Lucinda Cross

*if you would like to have Lucinda Cross speak to your group live or via web, please contact her assistant Iris at assistant@lucindacross.com*

When is the last time you made a deposit?

Making small deposits into the Bank of Life will always open doors to unlimited resources.

I had a conversation with one of my “Incubator” clients and she talked about how she was finding it hard to stay above water financially. With worry and fear in her voice, I can hear the root of the problem.  Her problem stemmed from months and years of resentful giving, and people pleasing.  Many entrepreneurs, especially mompreneurs give from an mentally and physically exhausted, and maybe even financially tapped out stance..

As the conversation, continued clarity began to show its face.

Giving should be tied to clear intentions, expectations and detachment.  We can not take any of this stuff with us when our time on earth is up. That’s why in my opinion it is important to give in order to change someones situation, circumstance or well being.  Many of us give to the point where we handicap a persons capabilities to think and do for themselves.  That right there is a lot of energy being dispersed and sometimes finances being dispensed.

When I am being used as a blessing or paying it forward, I feel as if I am making a small deposit into the Bank of Life. For example, when my children need something, resources show up, when my mother takes the trip to the doctor for a test result, good health shows up, when my kids need to go to college, scholarships show up, when I am low on funds, contracts show up, when I am looking for a breakthrough for a client, answers show up, when I feel discouraged, someone has a kind word for me to keep me going. Super natural resources will show up without me begging, pleading or worrying because I know I have made deposits into the Bank of Life and I wake up knowing that I have another opportunity to be a blessing to someone TODAY.

According to the Wikipedia, The expression “pay it forward” is used to describe the concept of asking that a good turn be repaid by having it done to others instead.

In my opinion, the expression “deposits in life’s bank” is used to describe, the act of giving with the statement that you will be able to make a withdrawal for something or someone when needed.

As for my Incubator client, she was able to focus on what she was giving others and why. She was able to identify the money making opportunities in her business by getting focused. This was a major shift for her to be able to pull out a withdrawal from the Bank of Life. She was able to identify what she needed in order to grow her business, save her marriage, say “no” to some family and friends.  Three days later, she called me with a major client project and the baby sitting support she needed for her children as well as making a date to spend time with her husband.

Life can be rewarding.  There is no lack when you give with clear intentions in a state of expectancy.

Knowing that you are dealing with the Life bank, resources is limitless.

Tardy for the Party: A 6 Figure Biz Mistake I Will Never Forget

Credits to Atlanta Housewife Kim for her song “Don’t Be Tardy for the Party”. This is probably the only message I received out of the whole series.

In the start of my business in 2006-2007, I was operating a very successful outsourcing virtual assistance company.  My coach at that time Andrew Morrison, decided to gather a few of his top clients, and myself, to attend and experience his mentor and coach in a 3 day weekend.  Well to my surprise I was surrounded by a group of coaches who were at the height of their coaching career, making anywhere from 6 to 7 figures.

I was honored to get a chance to mastermind with high achievers. Long story short, the weekend was fantastic, and I had the opportunity to speak with one of the high achievers who coached, coaches. We discussed the possibility of creating a joint venture.

For a few months I provided marketing implementation for her, and she referred tons of clients my way.  I was determined to earn my stripes.  I made one mistake that nearly set me into a state of depression.  I allowed self sabotage, fear of success, lack of preparation, and lack of focus to settle in. When it came time for me to draft up a service offering for her list of over 20k coaches. I procrastinated with the proposal and procrastinated in the preparation and training of my team.

I remember these words out of the 15 min conversation “Lucinda, I really like you and really wanted to work with you, but I decided to go with someone else, someone who is ready and has a process in place”. That “someone else” was being announced at her Coaching Weekend, as I sat in the back holding back the tears. I did walk away with 5 new clients, but I was physically sick to my stomach for the rest of the 2days.  I was not the Joint Venture, I did not prepare myself for success, and I allowed distractions and procrastination to get in the way.   I did not feel worthy enough as the little black girl from NY to work with high end clients who did not look like me financially, physically, geographically and ethnically. I held myself back.

Three months into their joint venture I sat back, and watched how this virtual assistant company tripled their rates, tripled their team and was moving at lightning speed to the 6 figure party.

Breathe. Lesson learned and I am here to tell you to “get over yourself”, do not allow your limiting beliefs and thoughts to get in the way of doing”big things”. Yes, what God has for you, is for you, but if you are sitting in the corner with your hands behind your back, how are you going to grab the blessings, how can you catch it, when it’s being thrown.

God bless you Milana Leshinsky and Andrew Morrison for opening up the doors for a single mother who did not know the potential she had at the time. I now stand strong as a coach, speaker and bestselling author. I seize every opportunity to make the next mompreneur shine in her power and in her truth, to prepare her for the big leagues. I am no longer tardy for the party and I thank you.

 

Brand Leverage: Double the Flavor, Double the Funds

Marketing your business is a must. In my observation the mistake most business owners make is marketing division, versus marketing leverage.

There are so many opportunities for you to get your products or services in the front of your target market. Most business owners over look the opportunities of expanding their reach and their brand awareness by thinking of “I” instead of “we”. You can collaborate and partner up with just about any business online and off.  It all depends on what they are offering, and if there is room to add value to what is not being provided.

Many people look at the competition and see what they are not doing right, when they should be looking at what the competition is doing right and then figuring out ways to create a cross- marketing campaign or joint venture.

For example a coach:

If you are a coach, couldn’t you find a virtual assistant who’d like to offer specific services to your clients in addition to your coaching packages that will help them with implementation?  This can add that extra value that most coaching packages do not include.  Here is your point of differentiation and you are now being marketed without any extra effort or time.

Another example is the graphic designer:

If you are a graphic designer, couldn’t you find a blog/website designer who’d appreciate your service for their clients as they focus on installation and customization of the clients’ website?  This can support your client in getting their logos, banners and custom images created all in one stop shopping.

I want you to think about your product or service offerings and begin to make a list of potential partnerships you can create.  Work smarter by working together.

If you need assistance adding value to your product or service contact us so we can support you in creating a “value added” plan. Use our online scheduler http://tungle.me/lucindacross or email my assistant at assistant@lucindacross.com

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