If you have ever injured yourself, you have experienced pain. Your body speaks to you through pain censors that say “OUCH” and “that huts!” Ignore this message, and you will end up with a more severe injury that will cause you long-term pain and suffering. I always say listen to your body’s whisper rather than the scream. Think of pain as a boundary that helps us know our limits.
We need to honor our pain boundaries and listen to what it is telling us. We may need to back off of a certain exercise for a while, or we may just need to stretch more. We may need to take the intensity down a little, but one thing I know is moving is essential! We were made to move, and when we stop, more things go wrong. Inactivity creates its own pain, which can become a vicious cycle.
For instance, our shoulders, knees and hips are joints that must be moved to stay healthy. If we irritate them and stop using them, they will actually hurt more. Fixing a frozen shoulder or hip that is locked up isn’t fun. The best prevention is to keep moving while you continue to work within your limits.
As someone who is no stranger to pain from illness and injury, I’d say the best advice I received was from my doctor. “If your pain continues more than two weeks, seek help.” Most things will resolve themselves in that time period, but if it doesn’t, it’s time to seek medical help.
As an active person, I can tell you that all pain is not bad. When we do resistance training, muscles will get sore. This type of soreness, though, is very different than the nagging, piercing pain of an injury. Know the difference so that you can address it properly. Soreness can be worked through with more exercise and stretching. If you overdo it, some ice might be required to reduce the inflammation.
As Christians, we seek the Father’s timing and not ours. As I’ve mentioned before, I feel as if I’ve been in God’s waiting room a very long time. I was pondering this thought the other day, and God shared some encouragement with me.
- We may be wondering about where God wants us, what next steps we should take and what path we should go on. Wondering is okay because His ways are not our ways. We are called to have faith and believe in His plans even if we don’t know them or understand them.
- As we wonder, we wait. We don’t want to enter the stage before our cue. Have you ever been to a play or performance where someone accidently enters the stage off cue? It’s pretty rare because they have practiced and know when it is their time. God knows our place and time; trust Him.
- Lastly, as you wait, feel free to wish big! God is pleased with us when we dream and entrust Him with our heart’s desires. Just because we want something doesn’t mean it is part of God’s plan, but we can wonder and then wait for His answer.
On social media, you will find two HR camps: those in favor of hiring based upon race/gender and those against it. I was pleased to see a female CEO chime in who said, “I am a CEO, not a female CEO.” She went on to say she wanted the job because she was the best candidate not because she was a woman.
The best companies hire based upon qualifications. They know what the job requires and seek a person who will get the job done. Rules and regulations were put in place to prevent the very bias and discrimination occurring in the workplace today and yet people are hiring to check politically correct boxes.
If we want the best talent who will take our companies to the next level, we need to be blind to race and gender. We need to deep dive into the skills, ability, education, emotional intelligence and leadership required for the role. If you find this difficult, hiring a professional recruiter can help by developing a clear job description and creating a candidate profile that finds the right fit. I also use assessment tools to help match candidates to your company culture. Give me a call, and let’s build your dream team.
So many companies are hiring but don’t know where or how to start. In my booklet, Recruit the Right Way, I outline some basic steps to ensure you get the right people in the right positions.