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December 2018

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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

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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.