The Law of Priorities
By: Brian Tracy
You can only gain control of your life to the degree to which you stop doing things that are no longer as valuable or as important to you as other things you could be doing.
Your Dance Card is Full
You already have too much to do and too little time in which to do it. The average person today is working at about 110% of capacity, or more. Your dance card is full. You do not have any spare time.
Change Your Priorities
As your life changes, your priorities change as well. Certain things that were important at one stage of your life or career are no longer as important as you move to another stage of your life or to another level of responsibility.
You must continually ask yourself, "What activities in my life can I cut back on, delegate, or discontinue to free up more time for my most important activities?"
Decide What to Discontinue
To start anything new, you must stop doing something old. We say that "getting in means getting out."
Analyze your time carefully and have the courage to stop doing things that are no longer as important to you as other things could be.
Starting up means stopping off. Getting in requires getting out. You cannot take on something new without deliberately deciding to discontinue something else. What is it going to be?
Here is how you can apply this law immediately:
First, analyze your work and make a list of the items that consume most of your time. Which of these activities could you discontinue or delegate to free up more time for higher value work?
Second, compare your daily activities against your annual income. Would you pay someone else your equivalent salary to do the things that you are doing? If you wouldn't, stop doing those things immediately and pass them onto someone who can do them almost as well as you can.
Simple Exercises To Prevent Holiday Weight Gain
What you'll need: Towel and pillow, a Dyna-band (a latex resistance band - I got mine on Ebay) and an 8 1/2-inch playground ball.
The Wave stretches and massages the back and aids in spinal flexibility. It will assist in keeping the spine in optimal condition. Rochelle designed this exercise for a client who regularly experienced lower back discomfort. Most people find that it helps them enormously.
Start Position: Sit in a sturdy chair with your feet turned out at a 45-degree angle, the knees over the feet. Your knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle.
1. Inhale, rocking forward on the pelvis, eyes to the ceiling.
2. As you exhale, round the chin into the neck and bring the navel to the spine. The spine should be in a C-curve.
3. Inhale and return to start position. Repeat 4 times.
As you turn your head to the center, you may feel a bit light-headed. This response is normal and should decrease as your range of motion improves and proper alignment is enhanced.
Start Position: Sit on a chair looking straight ahead. Roll up a towel and place it behind your neck, holding it with both hands.
2. As you exhale, gently stretch your chin toward the ceiling, eyes looking upward.
3. Inhale and return to center. Repeat 4 times.
Get ready for some rhomboid (abs) action! This exercise will strengthen your posture and back muscles. Sit tall, reach the spine long, and maintain that posture throughout the exercise with only the shoulder blades moving. A Dynaband will add resistance, but the exercise can be performed without it or with 1- to 3-pound free weights.
Start Position: Sit at the end of the bed or chair.
1. Wrap the band around the arches of both feet.
3. As you exhale, gently pull the elbows back by your sides as if you were rowing a boat.
4. The shoulder blades will come together.
5. Hold for a moment and return to start position. Repeat 12 times.
The ball squeeze concentrates on your adductors, a.k.a. your inner thighs. If you want to increase the intensity, bring your feet closer together, then squeeze the ball.
Start Position: Sit on a chair with the ball between your thighs. The ball should be as close to your pelvis as possible. Feet are parallel and chair-width apart.
2. As you exhale, squeeze the ball and pull in your abdominals at the same time.
3. Inhale and release. Repeat 12 times.
This is a good exercise to help strengthen your back and abdomen - a.k.a. your core muscles. Be sure to push through the feet - not the lower back - to maximize the benefits of this exercise.
Start Position: On the floor or the bed, lie on your back and bend your knees. Feet should be flat on the floor or bed, hip-width apart.
1. Inhale and expand the abdominal wall like a balloon.
2. As you exhale, lift the pelvis up to a 45-degree angle by pressing into your feet. Tighten the buttocks and pull the abdominals in.
3. Hold for a count of ten, then lower slowly. (The lower back should hit the floor before your buttocks.) Repeat 4 times.
Be sure to keep your body in one long line, from your heels through the crown of your head. Try not to arch the back. Send your heels into the floor as you reach your head upward toward the ceiling.
Start Position: Stand about 10 to 12 inches from a wall. Place both hands on the wall, about shoulder-width apart. Elbows should be in line with the shoulders.
1. Inhale as you bend the elbows, bringing the chest closer to the wall.
2. As you exhale, push away from the wall, straightening the elbows and returning to start position.
3. Repeat 8 times.
You should feel this exercise in the hamstrings (back of the thigh) of the working leg. If your lower back hurts, try readjusting the pillow, pulling the abs in more as you bend the leg. A second modification: In a standing position, place your foot up against a surface such as a doorframe. Push and release 12 times.
Start Position: Lie on your stomach with a pillow under your lower stomach and hips to support your lower back. If you cannot get down to the floor, this exercise can also be done on your bed until you feel more comfortable.
1. Curl the toes under.
2. Inhale. As you exhale, bend your right heel towards your buttocks, bringing your navel towards your spine.
3. Inhale and return to start position.
4. Repeat 8 to 12 times and then change legs.
Knee to Chest Stretch
This is a relaxing exercise, and one that will help you get in touch with the old quadratus lumborum.
Start Position: On the floor or bed, lie on your back and bend your knees. Feet should be flat on the floor or bed, hip-width apart.
1. Bring the right knee to the chest, clasping your hands behind the thigh. If this is difficult, place a towel behind the thigh to assist you. If you feel your abdomen is in the way, turn the thigh out slightly.
2. As you exhale, round the chin into the neck and bring the navel to the spine.
3. Inhale and return to start position. Repeat 4 times.
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Step Into Self-Awareness
"Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority."
-- Tom Hopkins
Here are some different aspects of self-awareness:
- Know yourself - Explore who you are: your defenses, your blocks, your talents, your aspirations, etc.
- Accept yourself - We are at war with ourselves when we resist or deny certain aspects of who we are. Acknowledge the truth of who you are right now - the positives and the negatives. Only when we own our present reality can we change.
- Control yourself - Set clear, conscious intentions and discipline yourself to meet them.
- Express yourself - Go to your heart to identify what has meaning and purpose for you. Live your truth. Identify ways you can give back to life and be in service.
We work on each of these aspects all the time. But as our lives go through cycles, we predominantly work on one of them more than the others. Which aspect are you more conscious of lately?
"Our lives improve only when we take chances ... and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves."
-- Walter Anderson
"Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient that fuels daring."
-- Grace Lichtenstein
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