Do you lead or follow?

David was hiking solo on a trail and came upon a junction a mile in. He took out his map but then followed the group who appeared to know the way. David continued hiking along but had a hunch something was up when the trail leveled out and a field appeared. The same field for which he started from. David was perplexed. The other hiking group ahead of them stopped as well. They all congregated and looked at David’s map. They took the wrong turn. Hiking two miles out of their way.

Disappointed, David was upset at himself. He was smart enough to bring a map for a trail he had never been on before. Why did he follow the other group who didn’t even have a map? Simply. It was the easy thing to do.

Where have you lost your own way?

Where can you take the lead (or continue to lead) when you already know you have the correct tools?

How can you trust your leadership instead of following another’s footsteps?

Only you know the right path to follow. You have your own unique purpose, qualities, and experiences. Following what someone else did, does not mean it’s the right thing for you.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Courageous Path LLC

P.S. Join me at Ignite Denver, this Thursday, November 1st at the Oriental Theatre in Denver. I’ll be speaking on the Most Underrated Skill to Master Freedom. Get your tickets here for a fun night of laughs, giggles, and entertainment. For a list of the speakers, check it out here.

P.S.S. There are big changes coming to Courageous Path. Stay tuned later this week!

You Need More of This…

As we strive to increase our wealth and good fortune, we tend to sacrifice our bodies in the process. We think by doing more that we get more. However, one night of lost sleep suddenly turns into weeks of little sleep and our bodies pay the price.

Arianna Huffington, in her book Sleep Revolution, describes how she passed out one night in her bathroom and woke up bleeding from hitting her head. She passed out due to shear exhaustion. Upon doing the research, she realized that five hours of sleep a night makes your cognition operate as if you were drunk. How good are your decisions if you were drunk versus rested?

Too many of us, give and give until there’s nothing left. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for servant leadership. It is not selfish to take of yourself. (Yes, ladies, especially you!) Even in an airplane, the flight attendant says put your face mask on first, then help others.

The more output you have the more input your body requires. Olympic athletes don’t down a triple caramel macchiato with a triple shot before their race so why would you do this before a big day at the office? Google Executives are known for doing meditation for focus and using float tanks for relaxation.

Properly fueling and resting your body is the key to sustained energy throughout the day.

Self-care is not selfish. It’s the most essential part to fuel you for the day. As playing on a see-saw when you were a kid, there’s a balance between giving and receiving.

What will you start doing to recover from all your output? How can you increase your own self-method routine?

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Office

© Courageous Path LLC

 

The Sneaky Habit That Can Ruin Everything

Most people today run from one thing to the next without thinking. It could from meeting to meeting. From home to a sporting event.

Few people stop and think about if what they are doing truly serves them, their loved ones, or their life’s mission.

The same holds true in our relationships. We think that if someone has been around for 10+ years, they’ll be around forever.

The problem is that people eventually get bored. Whether its at work, in a relationship, or how they go about life. They seek something different, something new.

People get complacent. This is a scary word. This is a bad habit that can take a once awesome part of your life and flush it straight down the drain. This can be one of the single biggest things that ends 10, 20 year marriages.

When we stop giving something the love and attention it deserves, we start taking it for granted.

The opposite of complacency is novelty.

What can you do to bring more playful fun into your world?

How can you bring a little extra spark to your relationship?

Can you learn a new skill at work?

How can you challenge yourself with a new hobby?  

Where can you add more novelty into your life?

Novelty stretches you and expands you past your current limitations. These sparks will add more fun back into you life, career, and relationships.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Courageous Path LLC

 

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
© Courageous Path LLC

Bring your dreams to fruition

Ever had that dream but didn’t know how to make it happen? You did some research but never took those bold steps. Why do you leave your deepest priorities sitting on the side of the road waiting to be run over? It’s time to take it back.

There’s exactly three months left in 2018. It’s time to make this the best year of your life. No matter what has already happened – You have the choice to chart the direction you want to go. You are the captain of your ship. No one else! It’s time to bunker down and get the work done.

Here’s how:

What seeds did you plant earlier this year that need some nourishment, love, and attention? Your dreams and desires require constant ongoing attention through daily action.

One hour a day for the rest of the year is over 90 hours. What can you move forward in those 90 hours? Your health? A new skill to learn? A project to bring to completion.

What weeds need to be removed so it can thrive and grow? Fall is all about clearing out your garden. Pulling up the overgrowth and giving the plants – your dreams and desires – the room to grow. What distractions can you eliminate?

The only difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline.

 

It’s time to stop wasting your precious time and get to work on your priorities. The world needs you, your unique gifts, your talents.

 

I want you to play big. I want you to play all out for the rest of the year! Go get it!

 

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC