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Do your nerves get all coiled up and stop you?

An amazing opportunity dropped into my lap like finding the rays of sun on a beautiful spring day. Timelines to prepare for the event didn’t allow for any setbacks. With hawk style mentality, I drew up the critical path milestones and deliverables. First up, designing the full page magazine layout for the event showcasing what my company offers.

After deliberate conversations with colleagues, the design was in place. Yet, a vital piece was missing. I needed an intense, close-up picture of me lead climbing outdoors. (Lead climbing is where you put the gear in the rock then climb up with a rope.) I scoured 15 years of climbing pictures and not a single one met the specifications. Yikes, this presented two more problems. First, how do I find a climbing photographer on such short notice?  Second, I hadn’t led outdoor trad climbing in over three years due to significant health issues.

I started emailing and calling everyone I knew that was either a climbing photographer or may potentially know one. I was zero for five on day one of outreach. Then, zero for ten on day two of outreach. Sigh…How else can I approach this? My heart got heavy. How do I make this happen? The last attempt found one photographer available. Yippee! Finally! The shoot was on!

Then, the nerves set in. My stomach got squeamish and coiled up. It’s my time to get my climbing jam on. Yet, I haven’t placed gear in a few years. Am I rusty? Will I remember what to do? I questioned myself. How strong am I? Can I really hold on to rock and place gear? It’s been soooo long. It’s the dead of winter and I haven’t actually touched rock in over 4 months. Okay, yes, the climbing photoshoot day is suppose to be 60 degrees. But…what if I can’t do it? Then, what?

I kept reminding myself. I overcame huge health issues in 2018, I’ve been back in athletic training for almost four months now. “I’ve got this.” I kept saying. I’ve gained a lot of strength and endurance back. Over the next three days, I laid off heavy weight training and concentrated on yoga and one day of indoor climbing, running laps on moderate climbs. The idea was to keep my muscles active but not overstrain them.

Friday was the big day. An early rise to double-check everything I need. Climbing gear was sprawled out over my kitchen floor. Helmet. Check. Harness. Check. Climbing shoes. Check. My stomach churned. I’m nervous.

Outside the car, the crisp, chilly morning breeze hit my skin. I watched the sun rays slowly make their down the rock route we were going to climb.  I peed twice to get the nervous bug out before we walked to the climbing crag. As we walked to the base, I repeated, you’ve been preparing this for three months, “You’ve got this. You’ll be fine.”

As I put on all my climbing gear and stripped off my extra clothing layers, I was a little tense. I started climbing and placed the first piece of gear with ease. Each step got easier and easier. I haven’t felt this good climbing on rock in a few years. I flew up the 100 feet plus climb as it was nothing. The pictures turned out fabulous. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful 60 degree day in the middle of winter.

Where do you psych yourself out before even starting?

Do you trust your preparations and ability to figure it out?

It’s time to recognize that you’ve done the work. You’re prepared for the opportunity. It’s time to go out and claim what you’ve worked so hard for.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

Are You Overcommitted or Fully Focused?

The ecstatic enthusiasm consumed Mary’s body. She felt electrified for the first time in months.  Her prior days were consumed with unbearable workdays and deep family matters that stole her time. This led to a sense of depletion. Mary’s eagerness to break this cycle and socialize again was unprecedented especially for an introvert. She longed for the deep rich soulful conversations that energized her. This Saturday night was it – a friend’s special birthday celebration. She couldn’t wait to have fun again!

Then another birthday invite came. Then a going away dinner invite came. Then a baby shower invite. Suddenly, Mary felt overwhelmed. How do I possible go to four parties? I miss all these wonderful people. Perhaps I can go to each party for about two hours, make my appearance, celebrate my friend, then head to the next soiree. Mary felt blessed to have all these opportunities yet unsure how to make it all happen. She wanted to be everywhere and do everything.

Mary headed off to the first party and never left. Her conversations were deep, rich, and surreal. She felt as if she knew everyone for years even though many she met them for the first time. Mary’s in-depth listening made her lose track of time. Mary was fully present and focused into each moment, listening intently to each word of the other person. She conveyed her own fun stories and bore new friendships and reignited old ones.

Where in your life are you over committed?

How can you be fully focused instead of scattered?

What results would occur if you were fully focused on one activity?

It’s time for your to be laser focused not a scattered sparkler.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

 

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

 

 

 

What Do You Stand For?

Anabel’s eyes opened wide as she sat up tall on her grandfather’s lap. She listened with intrigue as her grandfather read an epic tale of bravery. The main character, Josephine, realized to get off the streets, where she’d been hustling for years, she had to make tough choices. While watching whimsical clouds in a bright blue sky, Josephine realized she could no longer be angry and blame others for her circumstances. At that very moment, when the clouds dissipated, she decided to leave the past in the past and charter new waters for her and her daughter’s life. She worked three jobs to make ends meet for her and her little girl. Josephine became deliberate on how she showed up everyday, thoughtful, caring, and determined.

Josephine protected her time and energy like a hawk. Nothing would distract her from her immediate focus to buy a home and raise her daughter. When she wasn’t working, all her attention was on her daughter which helped her flourish in school.

Josephine took control of her life, waking up early, eating healthy and avoiding any electronic distractions. Slowly, others started noticing Josephine’s resilience. Every time she got knocked down, she got back up again and stood even taller. Daily life wasn’t easy yet she had big dreams and took daily steps to get there.

She fought through loneliness and living on the streets as a hustler to reforming her own mind to figure out what she really wanted in life. She stepped into the best possible person she could become. Within five years, Josephine went from a street hustler to a homeowner with a thriving little girl. Most of all, Josephine wanted to teach her daughter how to stand tall and what type of person to be.

The grandfather moved Anabel so he could directly look into her eyes and stated, “This is the story of your great grandmother.”  

Whether you have kids or not, what legacy do you want to be leave behind? What impact do you want to make on the world, right now, today?  

Legacies are not created after you die. Legacies are created by who you are right now and what you are doing right now. This is what bold leaders are made out of.

What are you willing to do that most people will not do?

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

 

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

Why the 10 Year Facebook Challenge has it all Wrong

Social media issued a challenge to share your current profile picture compared to ten years ago. It’s all the hype right now. People are scrambling to find the oldest picture they have on social media. Most people are showcasing that they aged well or look dramatically better. It’s very superficial.

This challenge has the wrong approach. It’s not about what you look like on the outside. It’s about what you look and feel like on the inside. You should really ask yourself this:

How are you a different person than you were 10 years ago?

Do you treat people better?

Do you take better care of yourself, your health and your own well-being?

Are you more effective with your time and energy?

It doesn’t matter what you look like now compared to ten years ago. It’s about whether you improved your character and contribution to the world.  

Be a better person today than you were yesterday. In the end, that’s all that matters.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

 

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

Do your dreams scare you?

When was the last time you day dreamed about the life you truly want? Seriously. How long ago was it?

Connie realized that her constant anxiety and state of edge was caused by her emotionally abusive husband. Connie longed for the acknowledgement of the hours she put in as a project manager and taking care of her 3 kids. While receiving positive accolades at work, Connie’s freshly made meals were never right, the house was never clean enough, and her kids picked up on the constant state of anxiety anticipating of the next swirling judgement their father would throw at their mother. This wasn’t how she wanted to live.

Late one night, Connie pulled out some paper, and scribbled about her dreams of opening up an art school for children. Connie wanted kids to explore their own creativity and ways to express themselves through paint. Connie wrote at the top of the paper, “Dream Big, Go Bigger.” She folded up the paper and read it every night secretly in the bathroom.

The next day, Connie picked up her kids from school and said you are staying at your Aunt’s house for the night. The kids got all excited about a slumber party with their cousins not realizing this would be their new home. Connie saved 20% of each paycheck to open the school. One and half years later she opened the school, divorced her husband including a restraining order, and built stronger relationships with her kids.

Do you give yourself permission to dream big? Will you take small steps each day to turn that dream into reality?

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

 

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

 

Today is Day 1

You have exactly 365 days to create the life you desire.

Arnold decided two years ago that he would only do activities and work he enjoyed. Wow, that’s bold! What bold statement can you make for 2019?

Too often we go through the motions, we have no intention from one moment to the next. You let your spouse or significant other plan your day. Or, maybe you check your email and let others invade your precious planning time as others tell you what they need. Others create your agenda for the day.

If you want 2019 to be different, how will you choose to be different?  Your life is your choice.

Let’s get this started. Close your eyes. Imagine it’s December 31st, 2019.

  • Who did you become to make this a successful year?
  • What did you do to make this a successful year?
  • What is success to you?

Today is an opportunity to hit reset and refresh on what you want.

May 2019 bring all your dreams and desires to fruition.

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.  Reach out to me via email with title. Private. I want to see you thrive.

 

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

© 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.

 

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.