April 2019

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Ever feel you live a split personality?

Sheila shows up at work with a stoic face. No one can read her deep pain that she carries. She wonders if she is doing enough? Was that recommendation received well? She walks stern down the hall. Colleagues can hear the hard thumb of her heels hitting the ground. No one can ever figure out what she’s thinking. They often wonder how to approach her. She walks with confidence and a relentless pursuit of accomplishments. She beats deadlines, astonishes her colleagues, and is always assigned the big clients. Yet at home, she can barely schedule a thing. Her friends worry about her and that she never takes time to join them for dinners or social gatherings. Shelia only reaches out occasionally or last minute. When she does enjoy company, she’s down to earth, relaxed and full of fun. Sheila cracks jokes and makes silly faces at strangers. This was far from how she was at the office. Ever feel you live this way, too? Completely different at work versus home. What gives? What brings upon the disparity? It’s time to rise up and be the same person no matter what environment you are in. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International  

What’s your ROI on time?

The morning sun pierces through the curtains and strikes your eye. You startle wondering what time it is. Were you late for work? Ah, remembering the sun now brightens your bedroom earlier in the morning you calm down to know you actually woke up early. What a pleasant surprise. Do you give yourself the extra thirty minutes to sleep or get out of bed? You decide to get up and do those routines you’ve always thought about but never had. You remember that phrase, “It’s not what you know, its consistency to implement that matters.” With the birds chirping, you pull out a beautifully designed journal covered stating, Seize the day! You smile while thinking this is what happens when you wake up early, peaceful and not in a rush. As you take a deep breathe, you start journaling about your top priorities personally and professionally. You start reconnecting with why you love your career. Suddenly the anger from the past week dissolves. As you leave for work, you reflect how peaceful your morning was and vow to start waking up a little earlier. You walk into work smiling and engaging in conversation with colleagues. They notice you have a spring to your step. Later in the day, you recognize everything you didn’t do this morning. Check your phone, watch the news, read your social media feed. The morning was all yours. This was the best investment of time you’ve had in years. Choose to spend each moment wisely. Time is a precious resource. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International  

Don’t Wait Until It Burns Down

As Notre Dame Cathedral erupted with enormous flames in Paris yesterday, all I could think about is the legacy we leave behind. ​​​​​​​ In your life, career, and relationships, what are you building that will stand the test of time? ​​​​​​​ Every day you have the basic responsibilities – food, shelter, take care of our loved ones, and our career to support all of this. Yet, many of you forget about the real impact that we live every day. How you show up in the world is a choice only you can make. ​​​​​​​ When something tragic happens, how we choose to handle the event that saddens us creates our own legacy for others to follow. What choice of character do you want to hand down for generations to see? ​​ Resilience is key. ​​​​​​​ Ask yourself these important questions: ·        Will you stay forever stuck in the moment that tragedy hit? ·        Will you forgive those that hurt you? ·        Will you create open space for something new to happen? ​​​​​​​ Today more people are worried about keeping their electronics charged than how they show up to deal with the world’s challenges. Let’s change this. ​​​​A structure can burn but no one can take away your character or resolve that you have as an individual. ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

Paradox of Pervasive Pushing

Lillian loves a good challenge. She’s the first to seek a high-profile project at work. She thrived off the late nights and getting it done. This adds to her ever-growing list of achievements. Lillian boasts to her friends the high-profile clients she works with. What an accomplishment, right? Yet, one Sunday, Lillian woke up and could barely crawl out of bed. The exhaustion wrapped her body so hard it felt as if she were in a straight jacket that covered her entire body. Through an opening in her window blinds, the deep blue skies and bright sun called her to step outside. Lillian inched her way to the door and opened it to a surprise. She noticed her neighbor had a newborn baby. Did she somehow miss the entire pregnancy? How could that have happened? Slowly, the crisp spring air breathed life into Lillian’s wretched muscles and suddenly the exhaustion slowly unwrapped. Lillian realized she was so busy racking up resume achievements that she sacrificed the very people she cared for. Lilian made a point not to open up her laptop or check any electronics for the remainder of the day. She changed her clothes and headed to a park with a creek. For the remainder of the day, she absorbed warm sun rays, listened to the flowing water over rocks, and journaled about the life she wanted versus the one she was living. She chose to enjoy the moment over the push for something external. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! ​​​​​​​Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

Got resistance?

Pete hit a wall. His employee Pam constantly failed to meet project deadlines which in turn made him look bad to his superiors. Pete kept telling Pam the exact activities to work on yet nothing was working. Albert Einstein once said, the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Pete knowing something else had to happen went for a walk in a nearby city park. He observed two sets of people. The first set was a couple standing on guard yelling at each other. He noticed that both seemed to be blaming each other for the situation. As Pete looked around, he caught daffodils blooming. As his eye saw two businessmen having a conversation, he saw a huge difference. The taller gentlemen sat silently, listening to a lady talk. Once she was done, Pete observed the gentlemen asking intriguing questions. Both were calm and remained poised. The lady’s body language changed and became inquisitive. The questions gave her new perspective to handle a situation. Suddenly, she stood up, and said, “I know exactly what to do now.” All Pete could think about was Wow. Whatever the situation was, it got handled easily and quickly. He scribbled on a piece of paper, “Meet every obstacle with poise, perspective, and power.” Pete called Pam into his office and asked (instead of told), what are the three biggest challenges to meeting deadlines? Pam, with a large sigh, said…..Pam finally felt as if she was feeling heard and understood. Pete and Pam smiled as they put together a game plan for the next set of projects. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! ​​​​​​​Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International