Yesterday, I ran a 10k at my fastest time (or personal record for you running junkies). The ridiculous part is that I get embarrassed to actually tell people just how slow my fast is. I ran in 1 hour and 14 minutes which cut 10 minutes off my previous 10k time. It’s ridiculous to be embarrassed because I actually ran it. 2 years ago, I couldn’t run a half mile without losing my breathe. My personal record? Climb a set of stairs without taking a break.
Personal records aren’t so easy to come by in your every day. Through all the mundane, it’s easy to forget just how much you’ve accomplished; where you are now versus where you were just a few months ago. I wait for a big change — a promotion, a new job, or even an evolving relationship to identify growth. I struggle through every day without taking the time to recognize how significant a series of accomplishments can be. I keep trucking along as if nothing has changed and I haven’t evolved because it feels like a course of nature rather than something I’ve worked really hard for over days or months.
It’s even harder to remember that a personal record is just that – personal. It’s something I don’t need to benchmark against the girl who ran 20 marathons. It’s a benchmark to work toward for my own satisfaction, not competition.
“The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right. Which one are you?”
― Henry Ford
Katrina Kibben is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Three Ears Media. For most of Katrina’s career, she has been a marketer living in a recruiter’s world – listening to both sides of the talent equation to understand the real issues and find solutions for engaging and hiring better people. Today, she uses her technical marketing know-how and way with words to help both established and emerging brands develop and deliver content that fuels smart recruitment marketing that makes the right people apply.
Katrina has written for Monster.com, HR.com, RecruitingDaily and many other digital publications. She is a recognized leader in recruiting and employer branding who speaks regularly at conferences around the world.