June 2019

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A drug dealer is more effective than you, here’s why.

Ever get overwhelmed with how much is on your plate? We all have at some point in time. Here’s what we can learn from a drug dealer. ​​​​​​​ A drug dealer knows one thing – their objective. And, it’s one objective not ten. The key to resolving this is to slim down your objective list – your to do list – your gotta do everything list. ​​​​​​​ On December 31st, 2019, what would it feel like if you accomplished that one objective you set out for?  ​​​​​​​ Here’s what drug dealers do better than you. They recognize exactly what they need to do that day. They know their numbers to hit. Conversations to make. They calculate exactly how many sells to make. They know who their customers are and don’t waste their time with people who don’t serve their business (or for you – your career and relationships.) They stay off social media. What a concept! ​​​​​​​ I’m not advocating for you to do anything illegal. Definitely do not do anything illegal.  The truth is a drug dealer is more effective with their time, their relationships, and how to reach their ultimate objective. They stay focused. They know exactly what’s working and what’s not. Take this week and reflect on the first half of the year, what went well and what didn’t. ​​​​​​​ What’s your one objective you want to reach by December 31st? There’s a little over 6 months to make this happen. ​​​​​​​ You can do it! I believe in you. Need help with this? Reply to this email.  ​​​​​​​Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! ​​​​​​​Lora Polowczuk ​​​​​​​Chief Energy Officer ​​​​​​​© Priority Retreats International

Does Your Job Own You?

The Pew Research Center stated that 62% of fathers and 54% of mothers spend too little time with their kids due to work obligations. Whether or not you have kids, this is a staggering statistic. Even if you’re single, it means your job likely owns you and that you likely spend more time at work then, with people you love or doing something you love. If this applies to you, keep reading. What to do about this? First, what do you consider an obligation? I mean really. Is checking your social media while working an obligation? I’m being serious here. It’s probably not.   Here’s what’s likely happening… How you schedule your day is likely not aligned with your priorities. If I opened your calendar, right now, can I notice exactly what your priorities are? I’m serious. Did you schedule in that extra time you checked the news for no reason? So, what are your top three priorities for today? This includes all aspects, work, friends/family relationships, health, etc. If kids are a top priority, do you pencil in where in your day that you’re spending time and contributing to their growth? Or, if it’s your health, scheduling in your gym time? If it’s a priority, that also means you can’t delete it. The real question is, do you schedule your priorities? First things, first. Schedule your top priorities. Stick to them. Don’t allow anything else to supersede them. It’s not about your job obligations. It’s about you owning your time and priorities. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

The 2F Factor Contrast

Imagine rafting down the infamous Horseshoe River in the Grand Canyon.  You come up to the famous u-shaped section. The river magically disappears through darkening shades of red and orange. With a sense of anticipation, you wonder what is around the next bend. Will there be large rapids to navigate? How do you best prepare for the unknown? Every aspect of your life, career, and even relationships are similar. Water is malleable and bounces around the harsh corners of a river. It cuts deep into the banks and carves out a wider dimension. The water simply flows against gravity. The funny thing is this. Sometimes, we over paddle trying to force certain things to happen or sometimes we get lazy thinking things will change on its own. Have you ever tried to get somewhere faster and nothing seemed to work? The more we force something, the more exhaustion ensues. Or, we think circumstances will change all on their own. A quick assessment for you: 1)      Where are you over paddling and forcing something to happen? 2)      Where do you need to look up from the daily grind and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you? 3)      Where do you need to slow down and enjoy the flow of what’s going on? Taking each new step with a gentle ease and grace. This is the Force or Flow Factor. The water in your world has the same current. Where’s your sweet spot? Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

This one technique will help you outperform everyone.

At the gym, after an already grueling workout, our last round was simple” Perform as many pushups as you can do in five minutes. Goal was 100 push-ups. When our trainer said go, the guy next to me started pounding through push-ups, one after another after another. I was truly impressed. He took his first break after 30 consecutive push-ups. He was utterly exhausted and hyperventilating by 3 minutes. He only hit 86 total. I took a different approach. Before starting, I strategized when my rests would be. I did 10 push-ups at the beginning of every 30-second block, then started again. After the first 10, I was thinking, I could easily do more. Instead, I patiently waited and rested my arms, shoulders and core. Out of the group of 8 athletes, I was the first to reach 100 and got up. The trainer said, not so fast, five minutes isn’t over, keep going. I got back down on the floor and did another 10 push-ups. It’s simple: Strategy over power. Where do you power through your day then end-up exhausted and out of energy? Ever find it funny that you can crush your first four hours of work then become a zombie for the rest of the day? You’re not the only one. Effective rest breaks, keep you energized and keep you going. This is called Proactive Recovery. Just because we can keep going does not mean we should. If you’re in it for the long haul. This is your best tool to outperform others. Challenge to you: How can you effectively use a one minute rest at the top of every hour during your work day? Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International