I’m late getting this post out to you today because — this is a mindset that is really near and dear to my heart. I WROTE A BOOK ABOUT IT. I must admit that I have some AMAZING critical connections. They are working for me even when I don’t have a clue about it.

An interesting set of events happened today. I made a new connection — I hope that we will find the critical things that make our connection matter. And then I re-connected, a few hours later, with a critical connection I had made several years ago. The events that surrounded these two meetings really through me for a loop. It was if I were having one seamless conversation but with two different people at different times.

OK, enough with the riddles. I will keep it simple. The “We Are Connected” mindset encourages you to explore the synergies in all relationships and learn to empower one another. 

1) Embrace Everyone 2) Maximize Positive Relationships 3) Build Your Drream Team and 4) Lead with Value.

We Are Connected

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If someone else says to me that PASSION is overrated — I’m going to pop ’em a good one (I’m not advocating for violence here — just trying to make a point). It’s so interesting how you get so many perspectives on this topic. Clearly we don’t all have the same experiences, so our thoughts about being passionate about what we do and making a choice to LIVE our lives based on that is an individual preference. Here’s what some of the naysayers may say:

1. You’ve been trying to live your passions for a long time, don’t seem to have anything to show for it. — Good grief people.

2. Passion is overrated. — OK, so if it’s overrated then what is it?

3. You can’t EAT passion and passion DON’T pay the bills! — Can you be a bigger Dream Snatcher?

For my readers today: GET INTO a Sphere of Positivity. YOUR PASSION IS POWER!

*As learned from the 7mindsets: A Life Changing Revolution based on Groundbreaking Research

PUT PASSION FIRSTPursue your authentic talents and deepest interests

Passion First
Focus on Strengths, Explore Your Interests, Make a Stand, and by all means Be Authentic
(get the book) for IN DEPTH details.

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Believe It!

I WOKE UP this morning with this burning question in my head. Is everything possible? You know at some point you’ve got to make a decision on whether you believe that, because if you don’t — YOU’RE STUCK in impossibilities. And Lord knows you don’t want to end up there.

Early morning business conversations through text started as my eyes opened — isn’t it interesting how we just roll towards the nightstand, grab our phones and start handling business as if there wasn’t a break between the night before when you ended your day with a text. How our lives have changed.

Anyway, let me continue….so many great creative thoughts and energy were circulating in the atmosphere this morning — I couldn’t stop dreaming of “BIG”! So though challenges met me this morning as well –they don’t stop coming folks, remember that– (below excepts from the book The 7Mindsets To Live Your Ultimate Life)

Everything Is Possible

1. Look internally before looking at external factors

2. Challenge your current thinking

3. Engage your imagination

4. Then put your imagination to work

5. Expect Success, Happiness and Meaning

6. Don’t worry about the HOW

7. Be wary of DREAM SNATCHERS — OOOH WEE this is a good one!

7mindsetsSeveral months ago I asked the Co-founder of the 7Mindsets, Scott Shickler, to speak to an audience at Kennesaw State University. Here’s what’s interesting, the event wasn’t as well attended as I had hoped. Disappointed, I decided to channel my energy in a different manner and change my mindset. What happened next was unexpected — I was introduced to 7Mindsets. Some of which, I unknowingly, had already been living — but the others I was acting counter to.

After the session, I approached Scott and shared how inspiring the message was for me and even for a group of 4 staff members — the message is still the same powerful message, even if it’s just for ONE.

The Magic Wand Foundation produces the power-packed summer summit, for teens, called the Ultimate Life Summit (ULS) and I’d been having a secret desire to attend since it began a few years back. More so because I wrote a book on Cultivating Critical Connections: A Guide for Creating Genuine Relationships and “We Are Connected” is one of the 7Mindsets (didn’t know that when I wrote my book). Feeling some serious synergy — I just walked up to Scott and said — I’m going to be at the next Ultimate Life Summit (ULS) this summer. His response to me was, “really, are you?” I said yup. Not even realizing how that was going to take place — but I was dreaming that nothing was impossible. Well what do you know, I participated this weekend as an educator in Ultimate Life University and I propose to you that it CHANGED MY LIFE.

OK I’m setting you up now. I could go on and on…but I’ll spare you and allow the 7Mindsets to speak to you personally. For the next 7 days take this journey of commitment and confirmation with me. Let’s see what happens.

ImageFor all the great opportunities that have come out of the traditional ways people “NETWORK”, It is my purpose to share with the Rockwell Collins African American Professionals Forum Network a NEW perspective on the essence of why and how they go about creating critical connections using my 3C-Technique Methodology.

It’s going to be awesome. I’m excited and I’m expecting! Expectations Folks! Expectations!

When you can make a difference, do. ~ Monique LaRue

When you can ma…

How many times have you attended or participated in a networking | social event and exchanged business cards, had general conversation with a person(s), heck you’ve even been invited to or asked to participate in some of their events, etc.? You really thought you’d made a connection, maybe not “critical”, at least a decent one.

Now it’s your turn — you’re sharing with your connections the great news about what’s happening in your business, or at work, you’re asking them to participate in other opportunities to connect and grow, and what do you know? Now they want to be “un-connected”.

I’m going to make a strong statement right here — If you don’t want to “really connect” with folks, because your original intention for connecting was selfish to begin with, then don’t go through the motions. Save your energy and reflect on your original intention for why you are connecting to people. I can assure you you’ll have another chance to meet again, and maybe even on a bigger platform. So to answer the question that relates to this particular instance, NOT to Connect. Save your business cards.

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~ MOLA

You’re probably wondering — what the heck is Monique LaRue talking about today — I’m just sharing my heart — which is typical when something moves me to make a change in my life and energy.  So let me preface by saying, I’m not going to divulge any stories of my personal shame hence the title of my post — though I know that would be juicy commentary for many — I’ll save any conversation about that for later, if you care to hear.

The point of this post today is all about courage. The courage to face the shame and know that you are still capable of delivering a message of hope in-spite of your shame. I’m speaking to myself people.

Will I be judged for not being all “put together”? Some may say, but you’re the author of a new book — hmmmh? – like my last post on VULNERABILITY — shame is a extreme running second. But I’m working on that too….keep your heart open to healing ….. keep listening.

Oh and get the book! Daring Greatly. . . . . . . ~ MOLA

Daring Greatly