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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

Fighting against the odds

Every year, we plant new seeds. These come in the form of new ideas, dreams, partnerships or even something new on your bucket list. Ask yourself this: Are you planting seeds of positivity and growth or despair and stagnation?

As each day grows, what you nourish this seed with is important. Showering seeds with positivity and fresh action steps forward will enhance the opportunity for growth and turning those brilliant ideas into reality. Or, are doing vice versa?

Yet, as they grow, turbulent storms will knock your freshly, gentle stems from side to side. Continuing through the “messy middle” and the sheer patience to keep going gives you further strength and fortitude. The classic saying goes, get knocked down 7 times and get back up 8 times.

These beautiful yellow Iris flowers were planted three years ago in spring. The following spring only leaves grew. The next year, the flower buds were hit with baseball sized hail. Attempting to rebloom in the fall, they were hit with an early frost. After 3 years, these beautiful flowers opened up to the bright full summer sun this weekend.

To flourish against the odds takes patience and persistence. Our dreams don’t turn into reality overnight. Yet, if we keep going forward, we will win in the long run. After all, Thomas Edison failed over 1000 times before he created the first light bulb.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

© Priority Retreats International

Are you living your truth?

As Stacey strolled down the remote beach front, she looked over her shoulders and saw her own foot prints. For the first time her life, she was creating her own path forward. This wasn’t doing what others told her to do. Stacey followed her heart’s calling. Her foot prints indicated the chosen path.

She felt sturdy even with her feet sinking deep into the stand. Suddenly, a wave washed up to her knees rattling her body. Yet with her feet deeply rooted, she wobbled and never fell over. A renewed strength washed over her. With each step, her strength grew. Stacey walked in her own truth.

There was no one to blame. Each step was in alignment with where she wanted to go. Stacey knew what motivated her.  She no longer sought validation from anyone. She trusted herself.

Where in life are you walking your truth?

Where are you pleasing others and compromising yourself?

Where are you pretending to be someone you’re not?

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Priority Retreats International

 

Can you weather the storm?

The seeds of our dreams slowly begin to mature. You’re excited that what you’ve longed for are beginning to unravel. The sun shines brightly and your dreams begin to sprout and grow quickly. Filled with anticipation, you’re ready for everything you’ve ever wanted to come your way. Everything is beginning to flourish.

Then, it hits. The snow, fierce wind, and cold batter down on you. You get rattled from left to right. You wonder, what’s happening? Everything was going full steam ahead in the sun and warmth. You are curious. Will this storm freeze your blooms and desires and stop you cold in your tracks?

When the storm hits, and in life something inevitably happens, how do you respond?

Will your flourishing blossoms wither away or will do you dig deep inside and hold on to those precious nutrients until the weather gets warm again?

To prevail and overcome any obstacle, your desires and purpose must outweigh the storm.

Is your purpose so strong that nothing can knock you down?

Your fortitude to weather the storm and continue moving determines your success.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Priority Retreats International

What weeds in your life are growing this Spring?

Your garden of life blossoms and recedes as the season changes. The first rain drops of Spring grow not only your prior plants but also the weeds that blew over in the winter. As the nutrients and rain continue to flourish, both the plants and weeds grow.

Soon, the weeds outgrow and multiple faster than plants. Suddenly your entire garden is covered with weeds. Ugh! The weeds are choking out your deep rich plants, the essence of your dreams.

How does this happen? Left unchecked your dreams shrivel up unable to receive the nutrients to flourish.

Every day we are either nourish our dreams or the weeds. With no boundaries, the weeds can easily take over. Weeds have deep roots. The longer they fester the deeper the root and the harder it is to remove them.

They come as practices that no longer serve us. Lack of sleep, poor diet, little fun and connection to others.

Each season serves as a pivot point. It’s time to assess what’s serving you and let go of what’s not. It’s time to dig deep and cut the weed roots off at the source.

Remove the weeds and open the space to let your dreams flourish.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

​​​​​​​Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Priority Retreats International

Ever feel you live a split personality?

Sheila shows up at work with a stoic face. No one can read her deep pain that she carries. She wonders if she is doing enough? Was that recommendation received well?

She walks stern down the hall. Colleagues can hear the hard thumb of her heels hitting the ground. No one can ever figure out what she’s thinking. They often wonder how to approach her. She walks with confidence and a relentless pursuit of accomplishments. She beats deadlines, astonishes her colleagues, and is always assigned the big clients.

Yet at home, she can barely schedule a thing. Her friends worry about her and that she never takes time to join them for dinners or social gatherings. Shelia only reaches out occasionally or last minute. When she does enjoy company, she’s down to earth, relaxed and full of fun. Sheila cracks jokes and makes silly faces at strangers.

This was far from how she was at the office.

Ever feel you live this way, too? Completely different at work versus home. What gives? What brings upon the disparity?

It’s time to rise up and be the same person no matter what environment you are in.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Priority Retreats International

 

What’s your ROI on time?

The morning sun pierces through the curtains and strikes your eye. You startle wondering what time it is. Were you late for work? Ah, remembering the sun now brightens your bedroom earlier in the morning you calm down to know you actually woke up early. What a pleasant surprise.

Do you give yourself the extra thirty minutes to sleep or get out of bed? You decide to get up and do those routines you’ve always thought about but never had. You remember that phrase, “It’s not what you know, its consistency to implement that matters.”

With the birds chirping, you pull out a beautifully designed journal covered stating, Seize the day! You smile while thinking this is what happens when you wake up early, peaceful and not in a rush.

As you take a deep breathe, you start journaling about your top priorities personally and professionally. You start reconnecting with why you love your career. Suddenly the anger from the past week dissolves.

As you leave for work, you reflect how peaceful your morning was and vow to start waking up a little earlier. You walk into work smiling and engaging in conversation with colleagues. They notice you have a spring to your step.

Later in the day, you recognize everything you didn’t do this morning. Check your phone, watch the news, read your social media feed. The morning was all yours. This was the best investment of time you’ve had in years.

Choose to spend each moment wisely. Time is a precious resource.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Priority Retreats International

 

Don’t Wait Until It Burns Down

As Notre Dame Cathedral erupted with enormous flames in Paris yesterday, all I could think about is the legacy we leave behind.
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In your life, career, and relationships, what are you building that will stand the test of time?

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Every day you have the basic responsibilities – food, shelter, take care of our loved ones, and our career to support all of this. Yet, many of you forget about the real impact that we live every day. How you show up in the world is a choice only you can make.

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When something tragic happens, how we choose to handle the event that saddens us creates our own legacy for others to follow. What choice of character do you want to hand down for generations to see?
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Resilience is key.
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Ask yourself these important questions:

·        Will you stay forever stuck in the moment that tragedy hit?

·        Will you forgive those that hurt you?

·        Will you create open space for something new to happen?
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Today more people are worried about keeping their electronics charged than how they show up to deal with the world’s challenges. Let’s change this.

​​​​A structure can burn but no one can take away your character or resolve that you have as an individual.
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​​​​​​​Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!
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​​​​​​​Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Priority Retreats International

Paradox of Pervasive Pushing

Lillian loves a good challenge. She’s the first to seek a high-profile project at work. She thrived off the late nights and getting it done. This adds to her ever-growing list of achievements. Lillian boasts to her friends the high-profile clients she works with. What an accomplishment, right?

Yet, one Sunday, Lillian woke up and could barely crawl out of bed. The exhaustion wrapped her body so hard it felt as if she were in a straight jacket that covered her entire body.

Through an opening in her window blinds, the deep blue skies and bright sun called her to step outside. Lillian inched her way to the door and opened it to a surprise. She noticed her neighbor had a newborn baby. Did she somehow miss the entire pregnancy? How could that have happened?

Slowly, the crisp spring air breathed life into Lillian’s wretched muscles and suddenly the exhaustion slowly unwrapped. Lillian realized she was so busy racking up resume achievements that she sacrificed the very people she cared for.

Lilian made a point not to open up her laptop or check any electronics for the remainder of the day. She changed her clothes and headed to a park with a creek. For the remainder of the day, she absorbed warm sun rays, listened to the flowing water over rocks, and journaled about the life she wanted versus the one she was living. She chose to enjoy the moment over the push for something external.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

​​​​​​​Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Priority Retreats International

Got resistance?

Pete hit a wall. His employee Pam constantly failed to meet project deadlines which in turn made him look bad to his superiors. Pete kept telling Pam the exact activities to work on yet nothing was working. Albert Einstein once said, the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

Pete knowing something else had to happen went for a walk in a nearby city park. He observed two sets of people. The first set was a couple standing on guard yelling at each other. He noticed that both seemed to be blaming each other for the situation.

As Pete looked around, he caught daffodils blooming. As his eye saw two businessmen having a conversation, he saw a huge difference. The taller gentlemen sat silently, listening to a lady talk. Once she was done, Pete observed the gentlemen asking intriguing questions. Both were calm and remained poised. The lady’s body language changed and became inquisitive. The questions gave her new perspective to handle a situation. Suddenly, she stood up, and said, “I know exactly what to do now.”

All Pete could think about was Wow. Whatever the situation was, it got handled easily and quickly.

He scribbled on a piece of paper, “Meet every obstacle with poise, perspective, and power.”

Pete called Pam into his office and asked (instead of told), what are the three biggest challenges to meeting deadlines? Pam, with a large sigh, said…..Pam finally felt as if she was feeling heard and understood.

Pete and Pam smiled as they put together a game plan for the next set of projects.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

​​​​​​​Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Priority Retreats International