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What I Learned From Sharing the Stage with a Billionaire

Six months ago, I let out an exuberant sigh. Suddenly, my spine aligned swiftly and I sat up tall. I got up and walked with more vitality. A light bulb went off. I identified exactly where I wanted to go with my business. I wanted to use my voice to speak on stages. Every person I met, I said exactly what I’m looking for.

Plan: Design the life, business, and relationships you imagined.

Then, the call came in. Lora, I want to recommend you for an interview at a charity fundraiser in front of a thousand like minded people. The self doubt rolled in. Am I ready? Is this the right time?

I was scared. That’s exactly why I said yes. It’s the growth opportunity I wanted. This was the audience I wanted to be in front of.  Everything I previously did lead me to this special invitation.

As the interview day approached, I asked myself, What was the core message I wanted to share? How can I come across with the energy I wanted to convey?

I practiced what I wanted to say not knowing what questions would be asked.

To ensure I had the energy, I took the time to be well-rested, ate right, and exercised. In addition, I made sure I had body work done so that my muscles were open and relaxed and not tight.

Practice: Prepare with excellence.

The big event came. I put on my dress. And dang. My dressed was ripped. What, how did this happen? Can I get away with it? No. Luckily, I was prepared and brought an extra dress. How prepared are you for when something doesn’t go as expected?

I showed up engaging and curious about everyone there. I brought enthusiasm and excitement to every conversation and with each person I interacted with. I had fun, lightening up everyone I chatted with.

Ryan Long, the event host, called me on stage. It was my time. I was me. I didn’t pretend to be anyone else. I choked up when I started talking about the deaths early in my life. I shared laughs and even challenged Ryan – What are your non-negotiables in life? I discussed why self-care is important. I had fun challenging people to take care of themselves so they can give more.

Play: Have fun while achieving.

If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing. What attitude shift can you bring? Or, how can you bring more play into what you do on a daily basis?

I shared the stage with billionaire founder, Jeff Hoffman, Priceline.com and Les Brown, best motivational speaker in the world, Les Brown. They both shared these same concepts. They’ve turned their profits to then serve.

Plan, Practice, Play, is the model I use to help you think big and play bigger.

​​​​​​​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

 

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