We closed out our work last week by considering the power of a single point of focus for measurement. My own strange luck in having a single measurement by which to monitor my diabetes led me to offer Send Outs as the recruiter’s single most important measure. But, we were quick to qualify this, since a single most important measure is so utterly dependent upon the performer’s beliefs.
Today, I’m going to share a bit more about my own process of belief and how it got built, and then we’ll come back to your beliefs.
What is a hospital for? Sure, it’s there to save your life and help you get well. But what else? For me, the ultimate purpose of my own visit to the hospital was to change my life. For my entire adult life – really for my ENTIRE life including childhood – I did NOT live right or well. I never built the relationship to my body that I always dreamed and wished I could.
In my family growing up we were taught, by our religion, that our bodies are the Temple of God. Our religion had all kinds of health rules and I did everything I could to follow those rules for fear of losing my immortal soul. Still, I knew that I never really did treat my body as a temple of any sort. In adulthood, I knew that there were steps I wanted to take to change all that, but just never got around to them.
And then, there I was, admitted to the hospital on May 25 of this year. Upon being admitted I made a clear and very purposeful decision. I decided that every single moment I was in the hospital would be for me, exclusively. I decided to NOT think about family, work, the other arts and studies I’m always investing into, the news, the state of the world or anything other than my physical existence and my health alone. I decided that it was time to focus on my health, now, and that I had damn well better focus with my entire mind, heart and soul. I chose to leave the TV off, and I did not ask for any books or magazines, either.
With every change of meds, or bit of instruction or guidance any nurse or doctor gave me, I was fully present, 100% right there in that hospital. I could describe a great deal more of what took place, but I believe you get the idea. The hospital was, for me, the place of change; and that means the place of perfect focus.
Now let me ask: what do you want? Why are you a recruiter? What dream drives your work?
You MUST be able to answer these questions. And, if you can’t, then you MUST work on these questions. What you require is a hospital in your mind, where you can make the one and only subject that of what you want, what drives you, what you’re working for.
If you’re going to build a daily recruiting journal of any form, it must be rooted in your own passions, beliefs and objectives. That is what a daily recruiting journal is for. It is for the purpose of moving you forward in your work.
What that work is; why you do it; where you’re going with your work; what purpose you dedicate yourself to, this is the temple of your personal work treasury. As the body is the Temple of God, so your work is the Temple of the Treasury in your economic life. And, in order to find your beliefs you may, like me, require a type of hospital stay. In this place, allow no extraneous input. Take your thoughts away from everything but your work. And find there the power to be alone, to find your thoughts, your faith, your belief, your purpose.
A hospital is a place where you can pull away from everything else for perfect focus. Your daily journal needs just such a place, and it is your great opportunity, right now, to build it.
[originally posted October 17, 2011 at my LinkedIn Discussion Group]