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August 2018

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Why saying No is the most important thing you can do

We live in a time of unprecedented access to information, news, and opportunities.  This is awesome, yet leaves us overwhelmed and exhausted. What do we do?

Everything you do is a choice. It’s your choice. Let’s take a closer look.

Jessica was constantly fatigued and always on the go. All she wanted was time to relax and recuperate. Sound familiar?

She reviewed her time allocation over the past three months and was astonished to realize that she spent over 30 hours a month on volunteer leadership boards.  30 hours! That was in addition to her regular job as Project Lead. She loved what these non-profit boards were all about, but it was taking a toll on her health.

Jessica took a deep breath and asked herself, Where can I make the most impact? She chose to resign from two leadership boards, so she could still be part of an organization that she truly believed in and go deeper into that one role. By doing this, she gave herself almost 20 hours back in a month. That’s almost one hour a day.

We can become anything we want to (within the law, of course!) yet, most squander this gift by saying yes to activities that don’t truly fulfill our deepest desires.

What does saying “No” give you?

Space.

Space to breathe and identify what’s truly important.

Space to recuperate and recover from your other meaningful and impactful work.

Space and a sense of openness that allows you the opportunity to say “yes” to something that comes along. that’s truly exciting for you.

 

Start saying “No” more so you can say “Yes” to what lights up your heart.

 

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

Stuck in sameness?

If your same routine brings about struggle, it’s time to switch it up! Do you fall into the ABCs of “stuck”? If yes, we’ll discuss a way to get out of it.

Afraid to change. Too often we crave certainty that we would rather stay afraid, activating our reptilian brain.

Blame others. It’s easy to say it’s someone else’s fault. In any situation there’s your truth, their truth, and the real truth that is somewhere in the middle.

Complacency.  It’s easy to get lazy and fall into routines that no longer serve you or those around you.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Albert Einstein said it best, The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

Here are three ways to get out of it:

Add challenge: Open a door knob with your non-dominant hand. If you regularly run 5 miles add 5 miles uphill. When we have a challenge, our problem-solving skills go into hyper mode

Be expressive: When do you specifically tell people exactly what you want versus hoping others will read your mind?

Increase newness: Drive home a different route. Smother your spouse with affection when you arrive home. Call a friend and ask them to try a new restaurant for dinner.

When we incorporate challenge, expressiveness and newness into our lives, work environment, and daily interactions, we start to grow. We establish new neural connections in our brain that cause us to think and act differently.

I challenge you to do one of the above for one week. See how different you feel. See what you notice. How can you then employ this in other areas in your life, work and interactions?

 

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

 

Tired of rushing around all the time?

Everyday, you go from one activity to the next. It’s from meeting to meeting or from work to a hectic home life. This constant rushing around takes its toll. Do you ever take a break? You even feel that you need a vacation from your vacation. Sound familiar?

1)      Build in breaks during your day.

If you’re frequently in meetings all day, schedule 45 minute meetings. Use the in-between time to move your body, stretch, or take some deep breaths. Your body will love you for this.

2)      Block out time for which you schedule nothing.

Yes, absolutely nothing! Yes, read that again. Absolutely nothing.

We are addicted to being busy. This doesn’t mean we are being productive. Be intentional with every moment. Scheduling time to do nothing, take a nap or do what makes you come alive in this time.

3)       7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.

When you only get 5 to 6 hours of sleep at night, your cognition performs as if you were drunk. Do you really want to operate your car, conduct a meeting, or have an important conversation in this state? Probably not. Imagine being more effective at work if your cognition was faster? What would that do for your work, life and relationships?

Rest is how we rejuvenate. Rest is how we keep our vitality. Rest is the key element that allows us to perform better, faster, and more effectively.

 

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Courageous Path LLC

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
© Courageous Path LLC