Pushing your limits: in the workplace and in the gym

“Sweat is weakness leaving the body!” 

Exercising has always been an important part of my life, pushing through the pain has allowed me to reach new heights as I maintain and constantly change my workout routines. Exercise can increase your determination, allows you to be more accepting of failures, and can help to reduce stress and become a better team player.

However, achieving that “rush” and feeling the “burn” has not only brought satisfaction to my personal life, but my work life as well. When you exert physical energy, serotonin to the brain is increased, thus improving your mood and reducing stress; and any recruiter can attest to the fact that the path to finding that “Rockstar” candidate can be very rocky at times. An “even” mood along with endurance can be a big help with those long searches.

As professionals working in the recruiting industry, we sometimes find ourselves in extremely stressful situations. Whether we are limited in our candidate pool, having to search for candidates in a location that may not be as desirable as others, or simply not having the ability to effectively communicate with a hiring manager. In these cases, I have found my exercise regimen to be one of my greatest assets.

While running outside down a gorgeous green path or even working out at the gym, rocking out to some Zeppelin, I can clear my mind and come to a place that allows me to “deal” with whatever problem comes my way. Believe me, it works!

 The next time you are faced with a difficult situation, the best advice I can give or that has been given to me is, “Breathe, just breathe!” Remember, you will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them.