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Why the 10 Year Facebook Challenge has it all Wrong

Social media issued a challenge to share your current profile picture compared to ten years ago. It’s all the hype right now. People are scrambling to find the oldest picture they have on social media. Most people are showcasing that they aged well or look dramatically better. It’s very superficial.

This challenge has the wrong approach. It’s not about what you look like on the outside. It’s about what you look and feel like on the inside. You should really ask yourself this:

How are you a different person than you were 10 years ago?

Do you treat people better?

Do you take better care of yourself, your health and your own well-being?

Are you more effective with your time and energy?

It doesn’t matter what you look like now compared to ten years ago. It’s about whether you improved your character and contribution to the world.  

Be a better person today than you were yesterday. In the end, that’s all that matters.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

 

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

Do your dreams scare you?

When was the last time you day dreamed about the life you truly want? Seriously. How long ago was it?

Connie realized that her constant anxiety and state of edge was caused by her emotionally abusive husband. Connie longed for the acknowledgement of the hours she put in as a project manager and taking care of her 3 kids. While receiving positive accolades at work, Connie’s freshly made meals were never right, the house was never clean enough, and her kids picked up on the constant state of anxiety anticipating of the next swirling judgement their father would throw at their mother. This wasn’t how she wanted to live.

Late one night, Connie pulled out some paper, and scribbled about her dreams of opening up an art school for children. Connie wanted kids to explore their own creativity and ways to express themselves through paint. Connie wrote at the top of the paper, “Dream Big, Go Bigger.” She folded up the paper and read it every night secretly in the bathroom.

The next day, Connie picked up her kids from school and said you are staying at your Aunt’s house for the night. The kids got all excited about a slumber party with their cousins not realizing this would be their new home. Connie saved 20% of each paycheck to open the school. One and half years later she opened the school, divorced her husband including a restraining order, and built stronger relationships with her kids.

Do you give yourself permission to dream big? Will you take small steps each day to turn that dream into reality?

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

 

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

 

Today is Day 1

You have exactly 365 days to create the life you desire.

Arnold decided two years ago that he would only do activities and work he enjoyed. Wow, that’s bold! What bold statement can you make for 2019?

Too often we go through the motions, we have no intention from one moment to the next. You let your spouse or significant other plan your day. Or, maybe you check your email and let others invade your precious planning time as others tell you what they need. Others create your agenda for the day.

If you want 2019 to be different, how will you choose to be different?  Your life is your choice.

Let’s get this started. Close your eyes. Imagine it’s December 31st, 2019.

  • Who did you become to make this a successful year?
  • What did you do to make this a successful year?
  • What is success to you?

Today is an opportunity to hit reset and refresh on what you want.

May 2019 bring all your dreams and desires to fruition.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

 

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

 

P.S. When you’re ready, here are two ways to get clear on your priority, grow exponentially, unlock your capabilities, and move towards a more satisfied and fulfilled life.

  1. JOIN our Community and connect with growth-minded leaders who support each other to expand your capabilities and pursue your dreams.

It’s our new Facebook community where high-achievers gain time and energy back to focus on what’s truly important. – Click here.

  1. APPLY to work with me privately and achieve more faster.

If you’re ready to go deep, explore your full potential, and gain the personal freedom you crave,  let’s schedule a one-one call to see if we’re a good fit.  Reach out to me via email with title. Private. I want to see you thrive.

 

How an unexpected event can reap rewards

A fierce wind and snow storm wreaked havoc on Whidbey Island north of Seattle before the holidays. Wind ravaged trees strewing them all over roads and tore down power lines, leaving residents without heat, electricity or passable roads. What were they supposed to do for the holidays? Last minute purchases and food shopping couldn’t occur.

Yet, one family didn’t care. The Father told the kids to dress warm. We’re walking a mile to go sledding. The three kids ranging from 6 to 13 years old yelled “Yeahhhhhh.” They walked the mile to the large hill and sledded down for hours. They didn’t care they were cold and wet. They were having a blast hanging out with their parents. They came home and changed into dry clothes and set them next to the warm fire. The mother got creative and cooked food that was going to spoil on top of the wood burning stove.

All night long the family played board games. That night, they snuggled in sleeping bags near the wood burning stove and stayed warm. This went on for three days.

  • There were no phones.
  • There was no wifi.
  • There were no computers.
  • There was no tablets.
  • There wasn’t even a hot shower.

The family bonded more in a couple days over fun experiences and conversation than they had the entire previous year running kids from one thing to the next.

Where in your life do you need to disconnect from technology and reconnect to what’s most important?

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

 

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

 

P.S. When you’re ready, here are two ways to get clear on your priority, grow exponentially, unlock your capabilities, and move towards a more satisfied and fulfilled life.

  1. JOIN our Community and connect with growth-minded leaders who support each other to expand your capabilities and pursue your dreams.

It’s our new Facebook community where high-achievers gain time and energy back to focus on what’s truly important. – Click here.

  1. APPLY to work with me privately and achieve more faster.

If you’re ready to go deep, explore your full potential, and gain the personal freedom you crave,  let’s schedule a one-one call to see if we’re a good fit. Reply to this email with title. Private. I want to see you thrive.

 

One of the biggest things you can do in 2019

Ever wonder how people truly excel?

Linda said yes to everything that came her way. She took care of her kids problems. She took on every project her boss asked her, too. Plus, she volunteered for three charities. She felt the weight of all this on her shoulders and developed severe neck and shoulder pain. This all left her wiped out. Something had to change. Linda couldn’t take it anymore. She lost herself.

Highly successful people know when to say “no”. And, they say “no” 90% of the time.

Do you have a decision matrix for what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to? Too often, we say yes without any careful thought to the consequences. Yes, we love to help others. But, much of the time we sacrifice ourselves in the process. Then, we enable others to not learn how to do it for themselves.

In the next year, where can you say “no” more often so you can say “yes” to the opportunities that light up your soul.

I challenge you to come up with a decision matrix.

Your time and energy is the most precious resource you have. Saying “No” protects your time and energy.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

 

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

 

P.S. When you’re ready, here are two ways to get clear on your priority, grow exponentially, unlock your capabilities, and move towards a more satisfied and fulfilled life.

 

  1. JOIN our Community and connect with growth-minded leaders who support each other to expand your capabilities and pursue your dreams.

It’s our new Facebook community where high-achievers gain time and energy back to focus on what’s truly important. – Click here.

  1. APPLY to work with me privately and achieve more faster.

If you’re ready to go deep, explore your full potential, and gain the personal freedom you crave,  let’s schedule a one-one call to see if we’re a good fit. Reply to this email with title. Private. I want to see you thrive.

The One Thing Most People Won’t Do to Have a Better 2019

Ever feel that you don’t get the results you want?  You put more effort in with no return on your time and energy.

Year after year, Frank kept working harder for his next promotion. He worked more hours and still got passed up. He sacrificed time with his family to get the promotion to give his family more. Frank was annoyed. Getting passed up again for a promotion ripped his heart out. He couldn’t figure out what was going on.

Frank got up the nerve to ask his boss, the VP of Project Management, Joan, and Human Resources,  “What are you looking for in a Director of Project Management?”

Joan stood up and said, “let’s go for a walk Frank.  You certainly get projects completed on time and budget. Yet, there’s some big things missing. One, your team thinks you’re a slave driver. You’ve lost 20% of your staff which costs the company money to re-hire. Second, the quality of your work has gone down since you’ve ramped up your hours. Even your clients said that your late night emails are difficult to understand and can be very terse at times. We’ve considered putting you on probation.”

Frank was dumbfounded and shocked. He had no clue.

Joan said, “upper management is about the soft skills. It’s about employee retention and training where necessary. It’s great that your projects come in on time and budget but that’s only 50% of the role as a Director. If we lose clients because they don’t like your interactions that’s more costly to our bottom line.”

Frank sighed. He agreed. He was unaware of the other expectations. Joan said, “all you had to do was ask.” He agreed again.

“You can’t improve what you don’t measure.” Michael Hyatt

I’m issuing you a challenge. For 2018, evaluate your successes and where you feel short against the results you wanted. Did where you spend your time and energy give you the results you were looking for? If not, it’s time to switch up what you do for 2019.

Do you want to do this exercise together? No strings attached. Reply to this email and we’ll set-up 30 minutes to do exactly this.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

 

P.S. When you’re ready, here are two ways to get clear on your priority, grow exponentially, unlock your capabilities, and move towards a more satisfied and fulfilled life.

  1. JOIN our Community and connect with growth-minded leaders who support each other to expand your capabilities and pursue your dreams.

It’s our new Facebook community where high-achievers gain time and energy back to focus on what’s truly important. – Click here.

  1. APPLY to work with me privately and achieve more faster.

If you’re ready to go deep, explore your full potential, and gain the personal freedom you crave,  let’s schedule a one-one call to see if we’re a good fit. Reply to this email with title. Private. I want to see you thrive.

 

How to bring projects to completion

Ever have that house or professional project that was lingering around for months, partially done? It’s as if a swarm of hornets were over you, annoying you yet never stinging. Yet, their presence was constantly known. These lingering projects take up space in your house, office, and your mind.

Louise came home every night to the same pile of papers that she said she’d take care of last week. She often thought, one day. Yet, several times a night, this pile caught her eye. It took her focus from something else.

What would put your heart at ease and feel full?

Imagine waking up on December 31, 2018 and saying I put my whole heart into this year.

Close your eyes. Put your hand on your heart. What would make you feel satisfied at year’s end? It’s not gifts or presents or holiday decorations.

What project can you bring to completion that’s been half done for a while? Imagine what it would feel like to no longer have a project enduring over you like a swath of flies?

I want you to go out with a bang. There’s exactly four weeks left in 2018. That’s 28 full days to spend it however you choose. Yes, did you hear that how you choose? Will you choose avoidance or completion?

You have exactly 1/13th of the year left. 2018 is not over yet.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International. All rights reserved.

 

P.S. When you’re ready, here are two ways to get clear on your priority, grow exponentially, unlock your capabilities, and move towards a more satisfied and fulfilled life.

  1. JOIN our Community and connect with growth-minded leaders who support each other to expand your capabilities and pursue your dreams.

It’s our new Facebook community where high-achievers gain time and energy back to focus on what’s truly important. – Click here.

  1. APPLY to work with me privately and achieve more faster.

If you’re ready to go deep, explore your full potential, and gain the personal freedom you crave? Let’s schedule a one-one call to see if we’re a good fit. Reply to this email with title. Private.

 

This one thing stops you in your tracks

Joann lived with clutter everywhere. Clothes were strewn all over. A stack of dirty clothes in the corner, clean clothes shoved into the closet unfolded. There was even a stack of clothes to giveaway that sat in bags for months. Joann could barely walk in her bedroom without tripping over something. She couldn’t stand the mess. She complained to her friends about how she wanted to do something about it. Ever complain to a friend over something you’ve made no effort to change?

Yet, Joann took every opportunity to go have fun. She flew to exotic locales going to festivals and concerts but hated coming home to her mess. She avoided the mess like the plague. It wore on her heart.

This chaos showed up in other areas of her life, too. She wasn’t willing to let go. The mess was a protective mechanism of sorts. Avoidance was how she handled it. Joann didn’t have to deal with the harsh realities of the other areas of her life she didn’t like either.

One thing was true. Joann made no commitment to clean up the mess.

Where in your life, do you really want to make a dream come true, yet put forth no commitment to make it happen?  It’s time to change that.

You can start right now.

What would it mean to you to bring that dream to reality? How can you increase your commitment level? What would have to happen to make this a reality?

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

 

P.S. Want help to implement today’s message? Reply to this email and I’ll set up a 20 minute no offer strategy call to get you moving. This is my holiday gift to you.

One thing you forget to be thankful for

When I was a kid, I suddenly lost my father to lung cancer. I sank into a deep depression that lasted almost 10 years. Then, one day, I realized life was short and here to be lived to the fullest. I began to explore the world and take on new adventures. I could start to feel all my senses again. I tasted the nectar of an orange. I smelled the scent of a blooming rose. I felt the warmth of the sun on my skin.

On that day, when I was 21, I became thankful for what the lost of my father taught me. Because of this experience, I became independent, followed my heart, and took on new adventurers and challenges with ease.

Decades later, the Thanksgiving table is still missing someone. Yet, I can be thankful for what the loss taught me.

How can you be thankful for the gifts of the not so fun experiences in your life?

When we learn the gifts and teachings from these experiences, we realize how blessed we are.

In the spirit of this holiday season, be thankful for the abundance that surrounds you (water, shelter, food, clothing) and the life experiences that also made you a stronger person.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful, and prosperous week!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International LLC

 

What’s your commitment level to your dreams?

Elliott nervously pulled out his credit card and signed up for a half marathon. His friend George, challenged him to get serious about his health. Elliott with stomach jitters and a clenched jaw, said to himself, “What am I getting myself into?”

Elliott was considerably overweight and vegged on the couch every night. George noticed Elliott’s health slowly deteriorating and was getting quite concerned that if he didn’t start moving his body that Elliott would probably have a heart attack.

The first week went by and Elliott didn’t budge from the couch. The second week went by and he ran one day. George called to check in on Elliott, “How’s training going?” Eliott said, he hadn’t really put any effort in. George was frustrated, fuming with madness. Then, this conversation erupted:  

George: “What would it mean to you to have energy again?” 

Eliott (with a perked up voice): “It would be amazing. I could have energy for fun after work and enjoy life again, maybe even date again.” 

George: “What would you be willing to do to have this amazing and energetic life again?”

Elliott: “Absolutely everything. Thanks! I needed that swift kick in the butt.” 

Elliott started waking up at 5:00am. He ran every morning before most of the world even heard their alarm clock go off. It wasn’t easy. One morning, he threw his alarm clock off across the bedroom and realized that was the least productive use of his energy.

Yet, every day he ran. His mood was better and he felt more energy at the end of the day. This momentum allowed him to easily increase mileage each week and get up every morning.

How committed are you to your dreams? Are you willing to go the extra mile?

If your dreams have no meaning, you’ll likely find the excuses not to pursue them. And, then when the going gets tough, you stop. Meaning brings enduring motivation to your dreams.

If you never share your dreams, no one will keep you accountable to them.

Who will you share your deepest dreams and desires with?

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer