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Who Cheers You on When You’re Down?

In our life, career, and relationships, we all go through turbulent times at some point. Life is not always a pretty picture of an ocean wave or scenic mountains. Losing a job, losing a loved one, or even a bad fight can strike at your heart or deep into your soul. Most have love to give. Yet, in difficult times, its learning how to receive, ask for help or give yourself grace that is key.

We love to put on a façade. All day we wear a colorful mask that looks beautiful on the outside yet covers the pain inside. When someone asks “How are you?”, you immediately say “Fine” like a blink of an eye.

When life isn’t so grand, it is important to have cheerleaders in your life. People who support you, listen, and raise you up.

It’s time to take off the mask, expose your truth, and find your cheerleaders.

I recently published an article, How Hockey Healed Me, in The Good Men Project. The article describes how I overcame severe depression and suicidal tendencies as a young teenager. A band of strangers unknowingly supported my journey. These strangers turned into friends who became my cheerleaders. This is the first time, I have publicly conveyed this story in writing.

Your cheerleaders are your community – the people who surround you. This is why Community Engagement is a prime pillar of the Courageous Path framework. It specifically guides you back to deep, rich, soulful connection with others and yourself.

I’m creating a community for you! Yes, you!

Today, I’m officially announcing the inaugural Rise Above: Experience More outdoor retreat scheduled for August 11-14 in Estes Park, Colorado. I’m only accepting 5 folks who want to reach the next level of their life, career, and relationships. At this retreat, you will identify your dreams, bust through your obstacles, and develop courage muscles to go bigger, farther, and do more of what’s fulfilling to you.

Are you ready to live your life to the fullest? To your highest potential? And really make it happen? It’s your time. This is your year. I’m creating this community to support you to reach and attain your highest endeavors.

Do you want in? Email me and we will schedule a short chat and see if you’re a good fit.

It’s your time to have a community of supporters that raise you up, not tear you down.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

 

 

The Best Way to Wreck a Relationship

There’s one easy way to wreck a relationship. See how this unravels.

Andrea came home from two days away. As she approached her house, there were construction workers outside and a construction trailer in front. What the heck! Who are these people? What are they doing here? As Andrea pulled into her driveway, she quickly got out of the car, kept her cell phone handy to call the police, and inquired what was going on. She slowed down her quick frantic walking pace and realized the contractors finally came (after 3 months of calling) to fix the siding on her house from major hail damage over nine months ago. She took a deep breath and asked for the person in charge. She stated that she was never notified.

Andrea took another deep breath and said, “Walk me through the already completed work and your next steps.” Everything made sense.

Andrea mentioned she was never notified. The head foreman said, “I thought the office contacted you.” Andrea said, “No, I was never contacted or notified.” Andrea continued to say, “Don’t ever make assumptions. You’ve been working on my property for two days without the homeowner’s awareness. You’re lucky my neighbors didn’t call the police.”

Miguel Ruiz mentions that one of his four agreements is, “Don’t make assumptions.” ’He goes on to state, “Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.”

Whether it’s as simple as a notification, any assumption can lead to anger, frustration, and annoyance. Most failures in relationships come from assumptions. In a romantic relationship, people often get frustrated because someone didn’t do something. What happens is the frustrated person typically fails to ask questions and then makes inaccurate assumptions.

What type of relationships do you want? Fruitful, empathetic and understanding or constant strain and tension?

What’s the lesson in all of this? Have the courage to ask the right questions in any relationship. This will lead to understanding and empathy instead of frustration, blame, and anger.

This week, what questions will you ask to lead to better relationships?

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC