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The Same Old Routine Can Be Sucking The Life Out Of You

What’s working and what’s not working?

Routines can get boring in both your personal and professional life if you are not willing to try something new.

Many of us can easily get caught in the matrix of doing the same thing over and over again, doing things the same way, cooking the same food, going to work with the same attitude, intimately loving our significant other in the same way…doing everything the same way for years can be mentally draining. It also can lead to living a life of “sameness” and not allowing anything new to bless your days or your life.  If you have been following a daily routine but it isn’t working, there could be a lot of reasons why. Rather than giving up, there are things you can do to revamp your routine to make it more effective. Below, you’ll discover what to do if your current routine isn’t working.

Discover the Reason

It can really help if you identify why your current routine isn’t working. Is there a specific area you struggle with? For example, your routine may require you to exercise early in the morning. However, this may make you feel even more tired, rather than energized. It would then cause you to struggle with the rest of your routine.

It could also be that you have changed since you first created your routine. Once you know why your routine isn’t working, you can take steps to rectify it. Depending on the issue, you may need to change something about yourself, your expectations, or the tools and equipment you use.

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Beware of Chronic Freebie Seekers

The business building process has many levels, and many people come to me for coaching for visibility and marketing strategies that open doors but they complain about the fear of charging what they are worth.

I believe that Fame and Fortune are twin sisters. Don’t run for the spotlight to be seen, but you fear charging because you believe that charging will keep you from getting your foot in the door. In my experience and observation- professionals get paid, amateurs get swayed.

Choose which one you want for your brand and business and let’s get this money.

It’s normal to feel empathy or sympathy for those who are struggling financially. Luckily, with the career you’ve chosen of providing useful information, you can help those people succeed.

You’ll feel good about yourself and the ones you help will be lifelong customers. You’ll both benefit from the help you give. As an entrepreneur who is in the business of helping others achieve success in whatever niche you’re leading, you should go above and beyond.

That doesn’t mean giving away all of your knowledge and secrets for free, but the products you do offer should have meat in the content and go beyond a simple freebie that you secured from the Internet.
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GOALS: My Mentor Made Me Do This Sh*t

Daily Routines of Successful People

If you want to become more successful, daily routines can help. Just look at some of the most successful people in the world and you’ll see the one thing they have in common is they follow a strict routine. I remember sitting day after day watching my mentor move strategically day after day and I have to be honest, I used to think he was OCD or a structure lunatic. As a person who winged it most of my life and operated under pressure, I did not understand the importance of operating in decency and order in my personal or professional life.

The question is, what does a daily routine of a successful person look like? To give you inspiration, below you’ll discover some great examples of what I studied and observed of what successful people include in their routines.

Start With a Morning Routine

One of the main things that successful people have in common, is that they all have a morning routine, as well as afternoon routines, and evening routines. It might not be the exact same routine, but they do have one that they follow religiously.
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Productivity: Are you beating a dead horse?

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Do You Like The Things That Life Is Showing You?

What is your Big ASK? Do You Know?

One of my favorite songs as a child was sung by Diana Ross “Do you know where you’re going to?” 

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to? do you know?
Do you get what you’re hoping for?
When you look behind you there’s no open door
What are you hoping for?
Do you know?
 

Many of you have already invested in getting a copy of The Big ASK so some of this content is going to piggyback many of the principles in the book. (Sidebar: Please take the time to write me a review on Amazon. Reviews on Amazon are like gold nuggets.)  

The one question I get all the time about productivity and The Big ASK is: How do I get clear on my wants, needs, and desires? Having a Big ASK is getting so much emphasis nowadays for two reasons. 

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Is the “Nice Girl Syndrome” Sabotaging You?

Nice For What?

Most entrepreneurs stay enthusiastic and ambitious until they are called to get out of their comfort zone and they then become paralyzed with fear. They concern themselves with the criticism of others and begin to throw shade on their own light.

Sounds insane right? Well, it is. Just imagine all the potential wasted in excuse-making, light dimming and lack of confidence. Many entrepreneurs work harder at being nice and liked than nice and paid.

Nice for what, I say.

It is time to give your “nice” self, permission to be:

nice and paid
nice and focused
nice and professional
nice and worthy
nice and confident
nice and shining
nice and winning
nice and…

According to Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers. Lois P. Frankel said, Stop making “nice girl” errors that can become career pitfalls, such as:

Mistake #21: Multi-tasking. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.

Mistake #54: Failure to negotiate. Don’t equate negotiation with confrontation.

Mistake #70: Inappropriate use of social media. Once it’s out there, it’s hard to put the toothpaste back in the tube.

Mistake #82: Asking permission. Children, not adults, ask for approval. Be direct, be confident.

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Venue Negotiation Tips For Your Next Event

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Finding a venue can be stressful and is oftentimes one of the biggest expenses in your event planning budget. Join me this afternoon for a few quick tips for negotiating according to your budget.

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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 english college 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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