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Bring your dreams to fruition

Ever had that dream but didn’t know how to make it happen? You did some research but never took those bold steps. Why do you leave your deepest priorities sitting on the side of the road waiting to be run over? It’s time to take it back.

There’s exactly three months left in 2018. It’s time to make this the best year of your life. No matter what has already happened – You have the choice to chart the direction you want to go. You are the captain of your ship. No one else! It’s time to bunker down and get the work done.

Here’s how:

What seeds did you plant earlier this year that need some nourishment, love, and attention? Your dreams and desires require constant ongoing attention through daily action.

One hour a day for the rest of the year is over 90 hours. What can you move forward in those 90 hours? Your health? A new skill to learn? A project to bring to completion.

What weeds need to be removed so it can thrive and grow? Fall is all about clearing out your garden. Pulling up the overgrowth and giving the plants – your dreams and desires – the room to grow. What distractions can you eliminate?

The only difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline.

 

It’s time to stop wasting your precious time and get to work on your priorities. The world needs you, your unique gifts, your talents.

 

I want you to play big. I want you to play all out for the rest of the year! Go get it!

 

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

One special key to growth

Linda’s jaw dropped, her stomach rumbled, and her heart began to race. How am I supposed to do this, she thought?

Linda was unsatisfied at work. She was bored and wanted to take on new initiatives, yet she didn’t have the skills for it. She craved that big step forward. Linda led a few small teams but never an international team with a $10 million+ budget. She discussed the role she truly wanted to play with her boss who eagerly had a project waiting to be led. Within minutes, she became the Team Lead to build a new technology platform for a big client.

Linda thought, what did I get myself into?  I won’t sleep for the next year. She said thank you to her boss, went back to her office, and took a deep breath. She asked herself the following:

  •        What skills do I need to keep the team engaged and on track?
  •        What resources does the team need?
  •        Who has successfully walked this path before and can mentor me?

All it took was an hour of planning to figure this all out. She started making phone calls and setting this in motion.

Assess the gaps between where you are and where you want to be. Plan for and fill your gaps to reach the next stage of growth in your career, life and relationships. This is the key to growth. Plan for what you want to grow into.

Will you schedule an hour this week to do this?

 

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

How Toxicity Builds Up and Affects You Without You Knowing It

Philip worked hard to support his family and hit his next career level as Senior Director. He thought, if I just get this promotion, all will be good. Philip started working more hours and would come home depleted and set the mail on a table along with all the other papers. The long hours took a toll and Philip slowly started gaining weight. He bought some new clothes that fit, thinking this is just a temporary set-back.

While Philip desperately wanted time to connect with his friends and family, work always took the higher priority. This lack of connection could be noticed in his shallow breath, racing heart, and heartache from wanting meaningful relationships. The doctor advised Philip to start taking heart medication to lower his cholesterol.

This was a wake-up call for Philip.

Philip came home and said enough is enough. It’s time to make some drastic changes.

He cleaned up the never-ending stacks of papers all over the house, recycling and shredding.

Philip looked at the clothes spilling out of his closet, haphazardly falling off hangers and in piles. He sorted through everything he hadn’t worn for a year and donated it.

Philip announced to his family they would take a short getaway vacation to get back in touch with each other.

Philip sat down and realized he was going through the motions. He let this toxicity build up over time. It didn’t happen overnight.

Where is toxicity in your life?

  • Do you have relationships that are no longer mutually beneficial?
  • Are your home, office, closets in need of decluttering and organization?  
  • Does your mind lead you down the road of negative thoughts?
  • What bad habits (e.g., eating ice cream at 10 pm) interfere with your best self?

 

Take this spring time to declutter and purge what no longer serves you. Create open space for what you truly want to come in.

Wishing you an abundant, prosperous, and joyful week!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

Do You Waste Your Most Precious Resource?

Dahlia spent Earth Day cleaning up garbage in a local park. She wondered why people would throw their trash into a beautiful garden and park. Yet, she also realized how this paralleled in her own life. Dahlia has big dreams and she wondered why she wasn’t accomplishing them faster.

She got still and sat on a park bench to think. 

Where was she wasting her time?

Dahlia spent too much time complaining about a toxic relationship she was in. She decided it was time to end it.

She recognized that she walked into work with a bad attitude and dreading the day. She decided that every morning she would wish an employee a good day and engage in positive conversation.

Dahlia noticed that she spent too much time watching YouTube videos, and going down the rabbit hole of the internet. Instead, she decided to reach out to a friend each day and make real connections.

How do you spend your time? Wallowing in distraction or a bad attitude or spending it on what’s most important to you?

What we give our time to dictates what’s important to us.

“Where attention goes, energy flows” – James Redfield

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

What Would Happen If You Dreamed Bigger?

Have you ever seen the video of the feeble elderly woman who lifts an entire car when her grandson gets hit by a car? It’s unbelievable! What did it take for a feeble woman to lift a one ton car? Belief she could do it.

Too often our own mind gets in the way. We fail once and never want to do it again. We’re afraid of what people may say. We hesitate to move at all even though we don’t enjoy where we are. We let negative past situations enjoy the amazingness of the present moment.

 

If you knew you would not fail, what project would you take on? What dream would you go after?

 

Thomas Edison had 1000 unsuccessful attempts before creating the first light bulb. How would our world be different today without this invention?

An Olympic athlete believes they will cross the finish line first. They imagine themselves standing on top of the podium receiving the medal. They imagine if they trip, how they will bounce back and run faster.

Believe it can happen. That’s the first step. Then, take small steps each day towards accomplishing this goal.

The biggest part to remember is to believe you can figure out how to get there.

You are unbelievable. I believe in you. Do you?

 

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

From Chaos to Enjoyment

Do you thrive in chaos? Or, do you feel your life is a constant state of chaos?

If you thrive on chaos, you’re tied to the result. It’s the rush from closing a deal, negotiating that big contract, and operating under pressure to get things done. A deadline gives us the necessity to do something in a certain timeframe. We’re willing to take care of it at all costs. It’s exciting. It can be fun. The part that’s missing is that, there is usually no celebration. There’s no demarcation line to say, “Hey, we did it.” We typically rush to the next thing. The next big client. The next big project.

We forget to take it all in, be grateful for the opportunity, and reap the rewards for a job well done. When we lack celebration of the milestones in our lives, at work, and even our relationships, there is no acknowledgement or validation of all the hard work and effort we put into something.

When was the last time you celebrated a big milestone at work? An anniversary with your lover or even a long friendship? When we don’t celebrate, we take for granted everything that has happened.

When we don’t celebrate, we feel that our work and effort goes unrecognized. We then carry this into our next project, or big goal.

Close your eyes. Take a couple deep breaths. Think about everything you have to celebrate today, this week, this month.

It’s time to appreciate you.
It’s time to appreciate who you have become.
It’s time to appreciate all that you have done.
It’s time to appreciate all those who made it happen.
As we end the first quarter of 2018, where have you made great strides? Where can you improve?

By taking time to celebrate your achievements, you enjoy life again. It’s time to share your accomplishments and enjoyment with others.

This week, how can you celebrate and share your many accomplishments with your team, your family, your friends, and those closest to you?

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

How You Can Be An Olympian For Your Dreams

What do you want to become a champion in? The best parent? The best employee? A successful business owner? The best spouse ever? A best friend? A world changer? The amazing part is – you have the capacity to become one!

Keep in mind, it doesn’t happen overnight. This past week, I have been in awe watching the Olympics. How did the U.S. Gold Medal snowboarder, Chloe Kim, perform a 1080? That’s three full rotations in the air? Simple.

Practice. Practice. Practice.

Chloe Kim dedicated time each and every day to make it happen.

She surrounded herself with loving people who supported her journey.

Chloe wasn’t afraid to go for it.

She believed she could do it.

Chloe Kim visualized how to correct a move if it was too over or under rotated. When was the last time you visualized or thought how to handle something if it didn’t go quite right? Maybe you wanted to approach your boss about a good idea. Did you consider all the possible scenarios? Of course you visualized the praise for acceptance of the idea. But, did you consider if only part of the idea would be accepted?

Chloe developed the habits and routine to get her there. What habits support your journey to reach your dreams on a daily and weekly basis?

I won’t lie. I don’t always enjoy going to the gym for intense workouts. Yet, it pays off when I climb higher in the mountains. Are you willing to get through the hard parts for the beautiful payoff?

What habits will propel you forward? Sometimes it’s as easy as setting out your gym clothes the night before to get you to hit the gym in the morning.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

Bring Spice Into Your Relationships

Do you have a romantic relationship, friendship, or other kinship that has gone flat? How do you add spice back into your connections? Check this out!

Jill and Don have been married for over 15 years. Jill knows exactly what to expect. She’ll get a dozen roses and a box of chocolates. Same old, same old. They’ll likely bicker when they first get home and retreat to their corners of the house barely saying a word to each other except to acknowledge who is taking the kids to practice tonight. Don recognized they’ve been growing apart for a while and he truly wanted to re-engage with his best friend, confidant, and travel partner.

With the flick of a switch, Don planned a lavish night. 

Jill walked in after a frantic day at the office to dim light lights, rose petals (laid out by the kids) led to a 4 course meal for the entire family. The kids were excited to see their parents getting along again. Jill noticed a corner of paper sticking out from underneath her dinner plate. Don, with a gentle voice, said, “Go ahead and open it.” It was a gorgeously decorated envelope. Inside there was an invitation to join her husband for an exclusive weekend at a remote cabin in the nearby national forest. Tears began running down Jill’s face. She desperately wanted a break to disconnect from work and rekindle her marriage. Jill reached over and hugged her husband for the first time in months.

How can you bring zest back to your romantic relationship? If you’re not in one, don’t fret. What can you do for a friend, family member, colleague, or even stranger that can use some extra love?

It’s time to add spark into your relationships.

May kindness, peace, and love rain onto this Valentine’s Day. Wishing you a loving, warm, and joyful day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

What Your Obstacles and a Dark Alley Have in Common

Have you ever been familiar with a location and then it suddenly changed? This plays into how we look at life.

I slowly navigated down a dark alley with uneven brick pavers, narrow high walls, closed colored doors, a trash pile and a random cow. A small light quickly approached and a motorcycle whizzes by my right side barely missing my arm.

I’ve walked through this same alley every evening at 6pm, after sunset, on my way home. Yet tonight, something was different. Suddenly, the normal dark alley turned into fabrics of brilliant white and purple. The brick pavers were covered in bright green cloth. Bright lights sparkled on the silver plated food trays. Little did I know, I was about to walk through a wedding reception.

Have you ever needed to shine light onto a dark part of your life? What do you see? Are you afraid to look? Maybe underneath the depths of darkness lay a beautiful, vibrant area of your life ready for light to be shined on it again. Or, perhaps it’s the best part of your life that desperately wants to be revealed with more depth and grandeur.

As we shine light on our pain, we reveal a new perspective. Something hidden that we never knew about. It’s the awareness not the avoidance that brings the change we so eagerly want. Take the time and find new perspectives on situations or people that hold you back. It’s time to propel you forward.

As we approach 2018, what area of your life deserves more sunshine? Let’s uncast this area together. Contact me for a short strategy session to unravel the mysteries of why this area is dark and how to shed more light on it. 

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

Part II: 3 More Lessons from the Taj Mahal

The mesmerizing Taj Mahal in its magical beauty impacts all those who come to see it. Its size and grandeur pierce your eye with beauty and your ears perk up while listening to the historical undertaking  of this magnificent piece of art. We discussed the first three lessons here. Let’s see what else the Taj Mahal teaches us.

The Taj Mahal was built by the Emperor Shah Jahnan to honor his wife who fell gravely ill. She wanted to be remembered in the years to come and the Emperor commissioned the Taj Mahal to be built. With a love story entailed, I was amazed that centuries ago such a monument would stand for another person the Emperor admired.

Who in your life are you honoring today? How are your daily choices honoring them?

Lesson 4: Honor those closest to you.

Not only was the Emperor keeping his wife’s memory alive, he built a magical piece of art to share with others. As guests enjoy the courtyard, garden, and beauty, the views offer beauty never seen before. As with my own visit, there was a lasting impact from what I saw. The Emperor created a legacy that others after him could view and take part in for generations to come. What legacy do want to have? What impact do you want to be known for in the years to come?

Lesson 5: Leave a legacy

A structure this magnitude was not built overnight. In fact it took 22 years to build the enormous Taj Mahal. The more impressive fact is how many people were involved. Drum roll, please. Twenty thousand people helped design, construct, and build the Taj Mahal. I can’t even imagine the coordination. The Emperor did not attempt this on his own. Yet, in this world, massive corporations have the same number of people working on a global basis to support one mission.

Why do we always think that we must dream big and do it on our own? Think as this Emperor did. Who is on your support team to make your dreams happen? The African proverb states, It takes a village to raise a child.  The same holds true for your dreams and aspirations.

Lesson 6: Build your support team.

As you take in each lesson, think what is working and what needs attention. We do not live perfect lives. It’s the micro adjustments that we make that bring us in tune with the harmony we truly want to experience in our lives.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful, and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path