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My coach cracked my face about Essence Fest

During my trip to Dallas Texas to speak at a Teen Empowerment Conference: Ambush Your Dreams.

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I had the opportunity to finally meet my coach face to face. We have been coaching together since 2009, this was truly an epic moment for me.

We talked, we laughed, and we laughed some more, then it happened…

A great coach can see the concern behind all the MAC and NARS. She says, “Lucinda what is going on?”

I tell her half of the concern.

“Bayo (my husband) wants to go to Essence Fest and I am not sure about going.” She said, “Why not?”

I begin to tell her about my deep desire to be a part of Essence Fest Empower U. I tell her all the great things that have transpired since the article release in January. I tell her about the snow ball effect with the media and how it only makes perfect sense to conclude my vision board tour in NOLA and bring my husband along. She begins to break it down about target, timing and season. She reminds me of how supportive my husband has been of my travels, ventures and media imposing in our homes and in our lives. She asked me why I would want to bring him to NOLA for more of that frenzy when it should be a time for having fun, networking and celebrating with him. She asked me again, why would I want to do a focused vision board workshop in a place designed for concerts, fun and unlimited drinks. Why would I think people would be focused on a vision board when they are there to hear their favorite artist perform, dance the night away and
attend the day parties? She informed me that Essence Fest may not be the place for me to conclude, maybe not this year and not this time.

She closed out by saying “take a chill pill, and go with your husband to Essence Fest for fun and be free.”

That moment of questions and reasoning took a huge weight off my back. I now ask you:
* What are you holding back from experiencing because you are not on the agenda?
* What opportunities are you missing out on because you are forgetting the “work hard, play hard rule?”
* When will you put down the business hat and pick up the “carpe diem” live life hat?

As the go-getter I am, I could have easily went down to NOLA and hosted my own event. I am getting emails from media and people who are asking if I am coming down to do vision boarding. What is more important to me is the time with my best friend, lover and supporter, just to be a part of the grand experience. I never been to Essence Fest before so why not enjoy the experience first.

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Here is a picture of me and my coach Kadena. She is my secret weapon.

 

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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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What Does Lucinda Cross, Karen Civil and Sabrina Peterson Have In Common?

Smart Business Advice From 7 Savvy Black Enterprise Women Entrepreneurs

Take heed to these wise words from female powerhouses who’ve reached success

Check out this cool article written by Essence Gant on Black Enterprise online.

On your power: “In order to find your power, you have to admit to your truths. You owe it to yourself to get to know you. Familiarize yourself and discover your strengths and weakness and then own it.  If you don’t like what you see, then change it.

“I decided to own up to whom I was, a person who made a mistake. Once I forgave myself, I decided to act, talk and think differently.” Lucinda Cross

Read the full article and learn more about the other ladies mentioned in this awesome article. Please POST, SHARE, COMMENT, TWEET AND PIN http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/advice-women-entrepreneurs/2/

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Procrastination Rally: Setting Goals

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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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Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

IMG_0278“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, or call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” – Jane Howard

Building a team is the single most important thing you can do to elevate yourself which will afford you to stretch yourself and help others . You always need someone in your team that is more knowledgeable than you in a subject, swifter, and more creative. These are the people who can help take you to the next level. They are also known as your success tribe. 

Today, I want to share the importance of having a success tribe and how there is power in numbers. 

In 2015, a major key I would like you to focus on is having a clear vision and building your IMG_0248tribe. It is important to discover those who will help you carry out your vision. But, it is also vital to know what characteristics you are looking for within your tribe. Personally, I am looking for Activators that are motivated, detailed, humorous, positive, who believes in God and are confident in their skills. Successful leaders really invest in their tribe because they understand that these are the loyal people who will invest their time and even their money to help the vision.  (more…)

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Arise And Shine with Lucinda Cross on Arise TV News {Vision Boards}

Interview with Lucinda Cross on Feb. 8th on Arise TV with Rain Pryor and Yonathan Elias.
Lucinda Cross shared tips on how to create a vision board and how to manifest your vision. Lucinda also shared her history in starting vision boards and how it has helped her to succeed in business and in life.

For more information on bookings and scheduling email Nye Scott at nye@activatingamerica.com or call 914-623-8572.

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What is your Vision?

IMG_0269This past week, you saw Chief Activator, Best Selling Author, Speaker and Spokesperson Mrs. Lucinda Cross on the Today Show with Tamron Hall discussing Vision Boards and how essential they are in making your dreams become a reality. However, before you go get magazines, a board, markers, glue, and friends…. You must first know your vision, your purpose, and your journey.

Merriam – Wesbter defines the word vision as, “a clear idea about what should happen or be done in the future”. So having a clear idea of where you want to be and why it is important is paramount when it comes to aligning your life to watch your seeds grow. We all have envisioned ourselves as millionaires, celebrities, Broadway stars, and/or winning a Grammy, but can we, honestly, say that we have fully thought out and analyzed the sacrifices that will have to take place before we can appreciate and accomplish these goals. Vision boards are the start of your visionary journey to help guide you to what you deemed necessary achieve this year, within five years, or within a lifetime. One thing Tamron Hall pointed out on Lucinda’s vision board on the Today’s Show is that “NBC” was on posted. Lucinda did not know that she would eventually be a guest, but she envisioned the dream, aligned herself with her direction, understood her purpose and activated her life to make her board come true.

In the latest blog, “Your “Vision Board” is not an Ouija Board”, she discusses how “Vision Boards are not created to give you answers, they are created to give you the permission and confidence to understand that YOU ARE THE ANSWER..”  Your Board will not come alive, unless you do!! So before you attend that vision board party, really think about your goals, your passion, and what all you need to do to achieve them. Once your vision is clear…. Activate all engines and enjoy the journey to the finish line.

Please email us at nye@activatingamerica.com if you are interested in hosting an Activate Your Vision Board Party, facilitated by Lucinda Cross as seen on the Today Show

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Vision Board Series: How to Create A Vision Board for LOVE

“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” ? Iyanla Vanzant

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So many people use your name in vain
Love
Those who faith in you sometimes go astray
Love
Through all the ups and downs the joy and hurt
Love
For better or worse I still will choose you first” ~Musiq Soulchild – Love

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Exactly 1 year later my man, now husband showed up at the most unexpected time, and was completely opposite from the type of guy I would’ve normally dated. He was completely out of my comfort zone. Dressed different, talked different and had different mannerisms. He was what my girlfriends would call a “square.”

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What I had to embrace during this Love process was the reality that the love I was seeking is the love I had to first find within myself. I had to work on Lucinda. That meant getting rid of my craziness and limiting beliefs about men. Try it! Make a decision to BE LOVE and then draft out your King or Queen. Just to think we are on Pg. 85 in front of millions of readers.

“Of all the people that you will know in a lifetime, you are the only one that you will never leave nor lose. To the questions of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life, you are the only solution.” -Jo Coudert

Things to remember when creating your Love board:

  • Always put your picture on your board as a signature.
  • Make a list of the characteristics of the person you wold like to attract. Keep the inner qualities in mind vs. the outer appearance.
  • Find words and images that represent the relationship you desire.
  • Choose images that reflect love, family sitting at the table eating, praying, playing in the park, couple on romantic vacation, etc.
  • Ask God to teach you how to love and how to receive love

There are so many types of vision boards that you can create, not just vision boards focused on goals and things you desire. You can create a Career Board, Relationship Board, Business Board, etc. Register for my next Vision Board to be held in Ft. Lauderdale Feb. 7th by clicking on this link. http://lucindacross.com/trainingcourses/visionboardparty/ 

If you would like for Lucinda Cross to come to your city please email Nye Scott lucindacross.pa@gmail.com

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Vision Board Series: 3 Mistakes Most People Make When Creating Their Vision Board

DSC00227I am constantly amazed with the things my son does. He can take some items out of my purse and make a fort. Have you ever noticed what happens when you give a group of toddlers some random items to play with? Things get pretty zesty.

They end up drawing or creating something that they are extremely proud of. They end up putting some pieces together to see what awesomeness they can create or build. Their creative wheels begin to turn and their imagination just runs wild.

What do you think happens when you give the same box to some teenagers? Things go from zesty to testy. The teenagers begin to question what’s in the bag, is it silly, dumb or childish? They are no longer focused on being creative. The focus in on image and appearance. They either wait to be told what to do, or they refuse to do anything at all.
Now give the same bag of random items to some adults and they won’t know what to do. They will begin searching the bag for instructions. Looking to see what should be done or how. There is no zest, no test just where are the instruction so I can do this the “right way.”

Three mistakes most people make when creating a vision board are:

Mistake #1. Thinking that you are making a mistake is a mistake. Don’t focus on a perfect layout or the perfect images. I challenge my attendees to make the best board they can with what they have in this moment. I constantly remind them that there is no mistakes, no right way to do it. Just create without rules. Leave the perfectionist and control freak home.

Mistake #2. Being embarrassed by not reaching previous goals. Just like the toddlers with the bag of random items. If what they are creating doesn’t work, they find another way, and another way, and another. Don’t be embarrassed by putting weight loss on your board for another year. Be honest with yourself and be free. IMG_6051

Mistake #3. Setting no intentions but expecting results. Creating a vision board is not like waving a magic wand and the life you want magically appears. It takes work, a high level of persistence and tenacity.  Let’s use the example in Mistake #2 with the objective of losing weight. The goal is to paste inspirational words and images of living healthy. Which means that you may have to cut images of friends smiling, words that speak to loving yourself, anything that will support you in living a healthy lifestyle. I encourage you to also be specific on how much weight you want to lose. Looking at salad on your post board every morning may not motivate you, but looking at a salad next to a picture of nice fit body, a handsome man, a picture of your favorite vacation and a bathing suit, just might trigger some positive energy. The more specific you are the better. Pick images that will trigger an emotion into an action.

When your visions are supported by a “why” that has meaning, you will find the “how” to bring them to reality. #Activate2K15 #ActivateYourVision

Check out the amazing feature of Lucinda Cross in January 2015 issue of Essence Magazine. Page. 85 on manifesting your vision boards for 2015. For interviews please email Nye Scott media@activatingamerica.com.

Sign up for the Activate Your Vision Board Party Tour in Florida Feb. 7, 2015. http://lucindacross.com/trainingcourses/visionboardparty/

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