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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.
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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.
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On December 31st, 2019, what would it feel like if you accomplished that one objective you set out for? 

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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!
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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.
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What’s your one objective you want to reach by December 31st? There’s a little over 6 months to make this happen.
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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

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

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