I'll be blunt: I relate everything in my life back to track. Delivering in the recruitment industry reminds me of the grueling last 100m of a 400m race.
To execute on the final phase of the race, a lot of planning, preparation and strategy has to be implemented - the same goes for recruitment. Each runner and recruiter has their own style and strategy, and no matter how well prepared you may be, the home stretch will always be messy.
Sometimes you might want to give up, sometimes a competitors passes you on the line and sometimes everything seems to just not go your way, but one thing is for certain - if you trust in the process and back your own ability, the wins will come. Push through the mental blocks and sharpen your psychological edge over your competition.
You'll land your candidate his or her dream job; you'll hit the targets you set to destroy; and just maybe, you'll break the 46 second barrier.
The Final Phase This is where things can start to get messy, especially if you didn't get the other phases right. However, no matter what went down previously, the final phase is hell on earth. Sprinting when your body is racked with lactic pain and screaming at you to stop is difficult to say the least. Each athlete has to find his or her own way through it, but believe it or not, the best way is to run faster. It's obviously counterintuitive, but continuing the kick changes the reaction of the body for a short time after the first 300m. It also provides a psychological edge, bringing the finish line toward you faster, so the race will be over sooner.