April 2020

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The Ultimate Reset

You wanted less time commuting. You’ve got that. You wanted more time with your kids and spouse. You’ve got that. You wanted time to get more creative. You’ve got that. The problem is you’re complaining, anxious, and overwhelmed. That’s because you’re distracted instead of intentionally focused. Every adversity serves as a sling shot. It can either pull the rubber band back so hard that it breaks or propels you further than you ever thought was possible. What’s the same, the rubber band. Its elasticity and flexibility either allows you to move more fluid or completely resist what’s happening. Resisting isn’t saying you love what’s happening. It’s accepting the circumstance. Adversity allows you to move with greater strength or sit as a victim to your circumstances. COVID-19 is the perfect opportunity to relax your body, collect your thoughts, and identify what you really want. So, maybe we’re not at a beach or a lush mountain resort. The coolest thing is that we don’t have to be. Now is the perfect time to: ·        Start a new morning practice ·        Go for a walk outside and notice all the beauty that surrounds you. (I even found beautiful graffiti!) ·        Call a loved one ·        Declutter your closet, inbox, kitchen drawer (or all 3) ·        Write down your deepest desires in a journal and identify one courageous step you’ll take this week. ·        Bring a fun attitude to everything you do. Here’s two important questions to ask yourself: (1)    How do you want to feel at the beginning of every day? (2)    How do you want to feel at the end of every day? The choice is yours. Don’t be a victim to the current circumstances. Use this time as an opportunity to create exactly what you want your life and relationships to look and feel like. Every decision between getting up for the day and falling asleep is yours, yours alone. Choose how you want to feel in each moment. Now, is the perfect time to reset. Reset your relationships and infuse them with love, compassion, empathy and enthusiasm. Reset your environment. What can you declutter? Reset your practices. What practices no longer serve you? Reset your mind. What slows down your mind? Now is the time to reset. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

The Art of Knowing

f you’re struggling with clarity and focus, you’re not alone. Every day, we are bombarded by more information than we ever thought was possible. The internet, social media, news spits out tweets, images, stories and more political nonsense than we care for. Our overwhelmed brains sift through this, carefully assessing what information to keep and what to purge. In life and business, it’s easy to get super excited about an idea or go down the rabbit hole to keep researching something. We often jokingly call this the “squirrel effect.” Apple once had employees working on hundreds of projects. The employees were happy yet the company made little progress. Steve Jobs became more recognized for killing off thousands of amazing ideas, than on executing everything that the company came up with. Let’s repeat that. Don’t execute on everything. Focus on the very best idea and go big. We are in the midst of letting go of everything. The way we live. The way we communicate. The way we interact with co-workers. Even, the way we play. Yet, when we allow for the best to arise. The kids create a pool with a wheelbarrow and a hose. You find out something about your partner that you never knew. You rediscover a hobby that brings you joy. You start a new hobby that brings your loved ones together. That obstacle of not seeing your friends and loved ones turns into more communication than before. Suddenly you speak to your family more. You have happy hour with your friends on Friday evening. Instead of doing all the unnecessary, you’re using your time for what you enjoy. You’re growing in appreciation of what you can do. Our current times are giving us a bigger perspective on what’s important. How you choose to view your situation and what you choose to focus on with this time says a lot about how you will fair in the coming months. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

3 Traits to Build Resilience

Resilience is a combination of practices to overcome anything in your way. Let’s take a closer look at three of these traits. Gillian’s indepth knowledge of diseases impressed everyone she countered. Her secret wasn’t the knowledge though. She approached every situation with every project through the lens of each person at the table. Every project Gillian managed and coordinated came across people with various perspectives and roles. -A donor wants to know their funds are being used appropriately. -The academic wants a publication based on the research -The policymaker simplifies what the research says and why it is important. -The head of their organizations wants to make sure they appear effectively and don’t lose funding. Most people look at situations that only affect their direct environment, relationships, career. They fail to see that multiple perspectives are in play. Anytime a situation gets you all revved up, look at the people from the aspect of an observer. This allows you to see a situation from every angle. As the saying goes, theirs your truth, theirs and the reality that’s somewhere in the middle. Trait #1: Power of Perspective.  As life has changed considerably for the world with COVID19, our everyday lives have fallen off track. Suddenly being at home all the time seems as though the lion is stuck in a cage at the zoo instead of roaming the great plains in search of its next meal. Soon, being caged leads to feelings of resentment, bitterness, and even anger. Then, suddenly you feel as if there’s nothing you can do and remain completely reserved in the caged lifestyle. Yet, there’s another way to look at this. While being home more often is less desirable, you take advantage of this. Suddenly, you’re cleaning out closets of clothes and stuff you no longer want or use. Yeah for a clutter free environment. Those house projects finally get done and lead to a renewed sense of vigor that makes your house inviting to be in. Only seeing the obstacles with an unwillingness to change only leads to a caged lifestyle. When you see the opportunity instead of the obstacle, you have a growth mindset. Trait #2: See the opportunity instead of the obstacle.  Ever feel that you mind races all over the place? Tasks to follow-up on. People to call. The always, what if scenario plays repeatedly. This mind chatter gets in the way of a clear, focus directive. This ultimately distracts you from what’s truly important. Ever had one of those days when you never got out that one follow-up email? We’ve all been there yet recognize it shouldn’t happen either. The antidote to all of this is getting centered. Whether it’s a walk outside, a meditation or prayer, the idea is to let go and breathe again. Reconnect with yourself (or higher power). Trait #3. Get centered  Resilience is a daily practice. Most of all it’s a choice to live a growth mindset and not a victim mentality. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

Mindfulness only works if you do this first.

A switch turns on in Joe’s brain every morning. Before he even opens his eyes, his mind starts racing. What’s on the kids schedule today? What needs to get done at work? What’s going on in the news? How will this affect my day? Joe’s shoulders tighten, his lower back cinches up causing his sciatic nerve to shoot a pain all the way down his leg. He tries to breathe yet his lungs are shallow with shoulders tightened all the way up to his ears. Years of chiropractic and massages barely made a dent in his low-level chronic pain. He’s learned to tolerate it and chuck it up to, guess this is what getting older feels like. The underlying aspect to all of this. What will go wrong today? How much pain will I endure? This automatically attracts situations in your subconscious that will go wrong today. Do you really want to do that? I doubt so. The first thing most people say, sit and meditate and pray. That’s all fine and tandy except when your mind is racing, right? The first thing you want to do, is ask yourself, How do you want to feel today ​​​​​​​Potential ideas, relaxed, thoughtful, focused? After identifying how you want to feel for the day. Create an image in your mind of what that looks like. How does your body look and feel if you’re relaxed? What is your mind doing if you’re relaxed? Now imagine being relaxed and focused. What image comes to mind. Before you start working on your mind, it’s important to know what heart space you’re coming from. Yes, it’s a feeling and an emotion. Once you know the feeling, put the feeling and emotion into your mind and hold it there for 5 minutes. Your days will begin to change exponentially with this practice. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

Plant your seeds now for the future

As longer days give rise to warmer temperatures, nature signals the farmer to prep the soil for this year’s crop. It’s time to weed the soil and purge anything that may inhibit the growth. The farmer begins to till the soil and prep for planting the seeds. As the farmer reviewed the stats from his crop last year, he was disappointed. With adverse conditions, extreme heat and less rain, last year’s crop grew to only 60% of its potential. His family had been growing this crop for decades. It was the same routine, process and easy to follow. Yet, one more year of this limited growth would put his family farm in jeopardy and suffer greatly. He didn’t want to burden his family with this. As he went to sleep that night, he asked to be guided what to do next. What can be done differently? He woke at 4:30am with a brilliant stream of information. The farmer jumped out of bed, ran down the stairs, grabbed a paper towel and began scribbling down a series of information. After thirty minutes, he pieced together five paper towels with his newly created plan for his farm. He let out a joyful sigh. This is brilliant! I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner. He didn’t berate himself, only to acknowledge there’s a great way forward. Most people often wait until life sends chaos into our life to change. Spring is a sense of renewal. What’s working? It is time to clear the weeds and rid yourself of anything that’s no longer working in your life, career, or relationships. With cleared land, you can plant any seed you want. It’s your choice. Spring is a sense of renewal. The only question for you is, what does your heart want you to create and bring to fruition? If you didn’t like how the crop grew last year, it’s up to you to change it. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International