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This causes pain

Chad excited for his promotion got to work early. His role of Director came with the pay raise and corner office he always desired. The extra money would allow for house upgrades his wife had been wanting for years. With enthusiasm setting the tone, Chad couldn’t wait to hold his first staff meeting and propose a vision for his department. One by one, his department colleagues came into work. Each brought a slight curious anticipation about what changes the new leader may make. Within thirty minutes of his last departmental colleague’s arrival, Chad’s stomach began to churn. He was reluctant to organize a meeting. He began to question whether his new direction would be right. Would his team fully embrace the direction shift he wanted to propose and implement. Given his emotional status, Chad thought it would be better tomorrow once everyone’s emotions settled down. Day by day, he kept putting the meeting off. Then, a week went by. Then, a month. Suddenly he was called into the Vice President’s office. The Vice President asked what the issue was in implementing the changes. Chad could barely look the VP in the eye. His words turned into a mumble on why he hesitated to implement. With anxiety worsening, Chad called in sick the next day. Hesitation causes pain. What’s one small step you can take today? Make a courageous choice and take that step today. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

Got Integrity?

Most people want to believe they are in a high state of integrity. Tony’s eyes are heavy and his body feels swollen from the junk food he’s consumed all day to keep his energy up. While extremely tired, he starts creating a high-dollar customer proposal at 4:00pm. This was his first opportunity to begin actual work after his meetings were complete. Ever feel you don’t have time to get the actual work done? Tony jokingly laughed in his head. Why do I always work on my highest deliverables at the end of the day when I’m not fresh. He was committed to completing the proposal. He called up his friends and said, he’d miss the pizza and beer guys football night. Secretly, he wanted to hang out with the guys and enjoy some laughs. Finally, at 9:00pm, he hit the send key and went home. Tony fell asleep on his couch in his suit with a microwave dinner half eaten on the coffee table. Upon waking the next morning, he checked his email eagerly waiting for a response for the proposal. There it was. He quickly opened the email excited with glee. It read: Thank you Tony for this detailed and well-thought out proposal. One thing we really convey in our culture is that late hours and proposals filled with typos and errors is not how our company functions. While the proposal as a whole looks great, we cannot work with a partner who expects this of us. Thank you for your time. Tony felt as if a dagger went through his heart. He sat at his kitchen table struck from the response. He was speechless. After a deep sigh, he said. I’m in integrity with my work yet not any other aspect of my life. This has got to stop. What are you truly committed to? The busyness? The paycheck? Will you be in integrity with your highest good? In integrity with your highest potential? It is time for self-reflection on what integrity in all aspects of your life really means. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

Growth is not optional

When we stay in the same patterns, our ideas get stifled and our relationships get complacent. This leaves us frustrated. Here’s an example of why growing is so important. Blockbuster was a growing retail store that rented movie DVDs in the 1990s.  Blockbuster grew rapidly and became anchor stores for every major retail center, grossing over a billion dollars in revenue each year. The problem is Blockbuster didn’t adapt to the changing needs of their customers and they failed to adopt new technology platforms. Soon Netflix, a simpler, easier, more convenient model to rent movies started eating their profits. Blockbuster even turned down the opportunity to purchase Netflix. Over the next few years, Blockbuster’s sales further declined and they went out of business. What can you learn from this? To grow, we must adapt and adopt a new way of thinking and doing. Life changes in the blink of an eye. If we stay stagnant, others will beat us to the punch or our relationships will start to deteriorate. What old ways no longer serve you, your community, or loved ones? What new approaches are you ready to adopt? Growth is not optional. It’s the key to our success. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

How to create space for BIG opportunities

Do you have time, energy, and resources available when that BIG opportunity comes your way? Or do you struggle to get through each day? I want you to have the space for something big and miraculous. Exactly one year ago, I became a global speaker in India in front of an audience of 500+ people. It didn’t happen overnight. There were many steps that created the space to allow for the opportunity. Here’s what happened and how you can do it, too! Clear out the weeds. What no longer serves you in your life? What can you pull out so the nutrient rich soil can help something else grow? Personally, I started saying “no” to areas where I was spread too thin. See the post from last week on how to do this. Plant the seed. What do you really want? Who knows what you want? If no one knows what you truly want, how can the universe conspire to help you? I was dreaming of speaking on a big stage in another country for sometime. There was an initial outreach for interest in doing something like this. I said yes, keep me posted. The formal invitation did not arrive till about six month later. Nourish the seed. This is about giving your full heart and energy to something you’re passionate about. It’s time to nourish your dreams! Since I already began clearing out the too many projects on my calendar, I created the space required to develop the keynote, practice my speaking skills, and learn how to take my motivational speaking to the next level. There are four months left in 2018. How can you apply the above steps to each facet of your life? Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

3 Tips to Make Massive Progress

Jacqueline startles as her morning alarm goes off for the third time. She jumps out of bed with a sense of overwhelm, scared to check how many emails are in her inbox and what’s the news catastrophe of the morning. Her sense of overwhelm soars and her heart races. Ever felt this way? This is how progress stops in its tracks. It’s a recipe for disaster. It’s time to start making massive progress. Give this a test run. 1)      What is one activity that would create massive progress for you over the next 90 days? This is one activity. Not three, not five. ONE! Yup, only one. 2)      Commit publicly to this activity by publicly posting. This keep you accountable for your actions. If no one knows that you have a big goal, how can they support you in your endeavor? It’s easy to slack off when no one knows what you want. Post in the Courageous Path Facebook group and we’ll keep you accountable. 3)      Take bold action every day. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step” – Confucius By taking the first step, you are telling the universe you are ready for what you want. One hour a day on your big activity is 90 hours on your big goal. How far can you progress with 90 hours intensely focused on one activity? Remember, action is not jumping out of a plane. Let it be easy. For example, call someone who has expertise in the area you’re going and see what their lessons learned were. Take the first step. It will change your life for the better. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International