I stared up the impossibly steep hill (I think many cars would struggle to get up it, let alone run!!)
I had already run 4 kilometres, my heart was pounding and my legs felt like jelly. I pondered the question. How the hell did I get myself in this mess?
“I love all the benefits of feeling fit and well, but I need a goal to keep me motivated!” I said to my colleague Terry at the beginning of this year.
You see, I’d figured out a few years ago that I only ever bothered to exercise when I had a goal. Typically to look good for the summer holidays, or after the over indulgence of Christmas. However, as soon as the goal was reached I’d lose all motivation and quickly go backwards into the arms of my old habits. Sound familiar?
I had recently seen an article about the impact that Cancer has on not just the sufferer but also the family and friends. It got me thinking about how much I had to be grateful for in my own life, also I wanted to help those less fortunate than myself.
So, I decided to set a real goal to keep me focused for longer and raise money for a good cause…… hence the “Race For Life”. A win for me and for charity.
But here’s where it gets a bit messy. I was nowhere near ready.
NOTE TO SELF – do NOT sign up for a charity run when I am busy working with recruitment business owners and have 3 children that range from 17 to 3 years old and cover the full range of “parenting challenges”.
From a purely physical point of view, I didn’t have any chance of completing a 5 km run when a brisk walk to the car was a stretch!!
The all important question of course was how do I achieve this goal?
One word! Coaching!
I used my connections to find a highly recommended running coach. (Thanks Alan!)
The first session was absolute hell, I couldn’t run for more than a minute without having to stop and rest. In fact the very first time I ran for 60 seconds, I actually thought it was the last minute of my life. Fortunately for me, Alan my coach has the patience of a saint and he also had a cunning plan!
Alan explained that it was unrealistic to expect to be running 5km’s immediately and without any training. He also explained that by starting with a smaller goal of perhaps running for 3 minutes would be a good place to start and we could build on it.
When you think about it, it is a bit like growing your recruitment business. You need to know what you want to achieve and devise that cunning plan of action to get you there. It would also be unrealistic to expect to achieve your business goal overnight
Perhaps you’ve been TRYING very hard, but not getting the results you want? Perhaps you want to increase your recruitment sales or improve the operational side of your business? Chances are, you need to make some small changes and take some action NOW.
It may well be, you need to discover what your competitors are doing that ensures they get the recruitment business, that you are missing out on.
Because, not only can you get the results you want more quickly than you probably realize, you can get it by doing LESS than you have been doing! And doing what needs to be done
Your Mission: (should you choose to accept it!)
1. Take a moment to think of a goal that you’ve had for a while but despite trying, you’ve not been making the progress you want…That maybe acquiring new clients, increasing profit margins on temps or improving the overall performance of your consultants
2. Now go and find the best coach you can (ideally, the best coach who specialises in the recruitment field)
Alternatively, download this EBook “why most recruitment business fail and what to do about it” http://bit.ly/l8FUPw the book is free and could have a massive impact on your recruitment business.
Hit reply to this email and let me know what you’ve decide and how you get on, also I would love your feedback on the Ebook.
Right, I’m off for a well-earned massage!
Samantha ‘I’ll be walking like an 80-year-old for the next week’ Gallagher
P.S. Interestingly, whilst what I shared with you, is both life changing and crucial (if you act on it!), it is NOT the most important lesson I got from this weekend’s “Race For Life”. I’ll send you another email in the next week….
P.P.S I also set a goal for the amount of money I am going to raise please so click here www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/samanthagallagher0708 to make a donation, it will make a tremendous difference to someone less fortunate than YOU