February 2020

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You think too small

With an eager anticipation, people from all walks of life slowly gathered into the event space. The air is filled with excitement and hesitation. How do I talk about my business? What types of contacts can I find? How can I best serve another entrepreneur? This large gathering of entrepreneurs was all about how to move each other forward. Five selected people were chosen for the coveted hot seat. Adam enthusiastic about the impact he could make on the world was outstanding. As he spoke about his dream, a touch of nervousness could be heard in his tone of voice. What will people think of this idea? Will people think I’m out of my mind? Will people wonder if I can actually make this happen? Have you ever found yourself doubting a big idea? Yet, in your heart, this idea tastes the same as biting into a rich decadent chocolate cake. What happened next opened the eyes of every participant in the room. Ears perked up. People sat up taller in the chair. Adam finished sharing his big idea. Next came audience feedback and ideas on how to move this forward. Adam was specifically looking for capital to fund his project. One by one, audience members were giving Adam pieces of advice. Then, a tall gentleman in a quiet, yet stern voice said.  “You’re asking for way too little capital. Your idea is so brilliant that you need to seek investors for over 1000x what you asked for.” Adam’s face flushed. He scrunched down in the seat with his face turning red by the second. Inside, all he could think was, WOW! It’s time to think bigger. My idea can change the world completely. Most people think Elon Musk was nuts to create Tesla. It took ten years to become a profitable company. Now, everyone wishes they invested ten years ago. It’s time for you to think big and play bigger.  Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

The relationship between pleasure and perfection

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. – Aristotle Samantha sent a message to her girlfriends that she needed help for an upcoming event she was organizing. Everyone was ready to chip in with their expertise and help. Then another message came in. “This has to be perfect.”  Perfect for who? Perfect by what standards?  Perfect by you? Perfect for those involved?  No one who is coming knows what is supposed to happen. Thus, if something doesn’t happen no one will ever know. (It’s the secret to tell every bride organizing a wedding.)  Too often, our “perfection” is about what others perceive us to be. We are too worried about what others will think about us or how they will judge us.  Perfect has nothing to do with being perfect. It’s about an image we want others to have of us. It’s built around fear.  Instead, how can you add pleasure and fun to what you’re working on? What can you let go of to make the process more fun and pleasurable?  Asking others to help in your perfection only causes more stress on others. It’s time to make life more pleasurable with less perfectionist tendencies. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

Make Your Life Epic

As a young teenager, Jeff Hoffman put a large poster of a Ferrari on his bedroom wall. He dreamed of fast cars. His mother noticed the poster and said “Son, you’ll never have that.”  From that moment forward, he was on a mission to make this happen. Then, he put a poster of a woman sitting on top of the red Ferrari. His mother replied, “you’ll never have her either.” He never wanted a ceiling on what he was capable of. Jeff went on to finish his engineering degree. At his first job, Jeff was called into his bosses office. His boss said, see that car in the parking lot, he does the most for this company. He gets here first and leaves last. That’s what company dedication is all about. Jeff felt perplexed. He thought, I’m efficient to get all my work done in 8 hours instead of 12, why should I be told this. All Jeff could think about was how he could buy two cars, leave one in the parking lot and use the other car for actual use. Jeff thought this was a clever idea to trick his boss. Later that week, Jeff resigned. More hours is not better. He’d rather be effective with his time. From that point on, he decided to figure out how to make his own money. He also wanted to travel the globe. Upon traveling one day, there were major flight delays due to a storm that covered half the nation. Stranded travelers waited hours in line to rebook their airline tickets. A light bulb went off. How can he solve this problem? Jeff developed the kiosk at airports for self-check in. Soon, every airline called him to their international headquarters to evaluate the product and install it at their airports. Jeff became the globe trotter executive. During this time, he bought that Ferrari. Although, he decided upon black instead of red. Become bigger than what anyone tells you. Or, if you’re a leader, parent or head of any group, recognize that you can help people think big and play bigger. Break that glass ceiling. Match your actions to your dreams. The universe will conspire to make it happen. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

Stopped in your tracks

Ever get baffled when something unexpected stops you in your tracks? Yesterday was a rare warm, 70 degree day in the middle of winter. No winter coat. Beautiful sunshine warming the skin. The entire city hit the hiking trails outside Denver to soak up the sun and fresh air in the mountains.  As I hit the trail, there were small patches of ice. No biggie I thought, I’ll side step around it. Slowly as the trail crawled up through the steep canyon, the air became cooler, the ground harder. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a sheath of ice appeared on the steep trail. People ahead of me on the trail turned back. They didn’t want to fall. Others put on spikes over their shoes and walked easily across the ice. I stood there without spikes for my hiking shoes wondering how I can get across? This wasn’t the first time I’ve ever come across a roadblock on a trail or even in my life. With each obstacle, there’s only three options. Turnaround.  Or,  Take a step and see how far that takes you. I slowly moved my foot to the first small piece of rock that popped out of the ice. My body gently swayed as my weight transferred to that foot. I didn’t fall. Yeah. Now, Let’s connect one more step. After about 30 steps, I slowly made it to the other side of the trail. How often do you stop when your path gets harder? How often do you resist taking that step because you may risk a fall? Growth only happens when you take that courageous step. Couple it with a leap of faith, you will arrive on the other side every time.   Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International