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August 2023

Control yourself

By Recruitment
Control yourself. 

Back from an incredible honeymoon in Italy and Greece, where every detail was planned by a travel agent. We completely let go, trusted that we were in good hands and embraced the adventure, fully present in our little bubble.

Back to Australia, and reality hit. Four kids under six, work calling and the demands of everyday life flooding back.

I felt out of control with no routine and having had a month off I found myself clutching at straws to regain some kind of control or significance in order to feel myself again.

Everything at Hunty HQ ran so smoothly whilst I was away. We have a phenomenal team and it sounds like madness which it was but I felt as though I was no longer needed (I know, every business owner’s dream, ha) my baby had grown up and didn’t want to cuddle dad any longer

So what did I do? I made every mistake in the book. Trying to regain control, I rushed back into things, seeking updates on everything and everyone, trying to sneak my way back into projects etc.

My communication was totally off, and I managed to rub people the wrong way.

It took weeks of reflection and one sleepless night to realise my misstep. Control wasn’t about being all over every aspect of my business, clients, or family—it was an inside job. I needed to regain control of myself.

I could feel myself spiralling but at least I had the awareness of what was going on.

Through developing healthy habits like getting my diet back on track, cutting back on the wine (we gave it a good nudge, one waiter told us that in Italy water is only good for rust), meditating, correcting my thoughts, getting back to the gym and being disciplined again, I found my balance.

As soon as I let go of trying to control everything except myself and instead took ownership , everything fell into place effortlessly without me doing a thing.

It’s funny how controlling just ourselves can in turn bring about a feeling of control and stability in every aspect of our lives.

I relaxed, slowly got back into the swing of things and calmly got my head and heart back in the game.

I wanted to be authentic here and give you a window into some of the ups and downs we all go through.

Im guessing that I’m not alone in this experience.

Control starts within. By controlling what we can, the only thing – ourselves, we can then relax and allow things to unfold the way they should.

A bit of sweat is good for the soul

By Recruitment

A bit of sweat is good for the soul.

A little story about what really gets me going.

I was in the Sauna a couple of weeks ago and sat down in my budgie smugglers.

Terrifying, I know.

The guy next to me says ” Hey are you Mr Huntsman?”

“Your business helped me get a job when I first moved to Australia from Iraq – thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.”

He kept tapping his heart with his hand whilst saying this.

“This job has changed my family’s life, I am very grateful, I love it here”.

At this stage in my career, I am somewhat removed from the day-to-day recruiting, however, hearing things like this just hit home to me the value of what we do and the impact we can have.

The tapping of the heart and the genuine emotion he showed made me super proud of our team and what we have accomplished.

It’s easy to take things for granted and this guy brought me back home again.

I was considering giving him a cuddle but thought this might have been a bit too much considering where we were.

Now, the question is. Is it ok for a grown man in his budgies to shed a tear in the Sauna?

Change your perception, change your life

By Recruitment, Work Life Balance
Change your perception, change your life. 

Sunday run rumination’s…

As a Recruiter, I might be shooting myself in the foot here, ha.

Part of our business model is based around people being unhappy in their role and wanting a change.

People who are unhappy, quickly make a change of roles.

They get super excited for a few months and then , bam, they loathe going to work and are back on the hunt again.

Sometimes the problem isn’t the business, it isn’t your manager, it isn’t the culture, it isn’t your role, it’s your perception and the way you are thinking.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it is all of the above but often people change roles too quickly without any introspection and take the same old issues across to a new role and company.

In life, people think that the the next thing is going to make them happy, content, joyful etc.

It’s simply not the case.

The new car soon becomes old, the new house soon seems too small, the new relationship soon becomes stale and the list goes on.

They are all distractions and will not make you happy.

Unless of course your mindset is aligned to these through gratitude and not for lack or for want or need.

What you’re really wanting is to be content within yourself, to feel excitement, to feel love, to feel joy.

These are all an inside job and nothing outside of you will provide a solution.

Before you look to up and leave your current role, ask yourself: how am I contributing to this situation? How can I change my thought patterns around this? How can I make the most of what’s in front of me and be grateful? What did I love when I first started?

I guarantee you it was your mindset when you first started. You were excited, full of potential and passion feeling pumped and then over time you let that feeling go.

The feeling is still there, all you need to do is uncover it again.

Change your mindset and your state and watch things fall into place again.

Start now.

Journal, meditate, run, swim, wake up earlier, jump in a sauna or ice bath, whatever floats your boat.

If you try and try again and it’s still not for you, then give me a call and let’s see what we can do for you.

Business is tough – Go easy!

By Recruitment
Business is tough – go easy!

I’ve been a d*%k once or twice in the past.

I know, hard to believe, hey

I used to have a “know-it-all” mentality and didn’t hesitate to outwardly criticise the decisions made by my bosses.

To all of them, I offer my sincere apologies.

Looking back, I realise how much of an idiot I was taking the mickey out of most of the decisions made, shaking my head thinking I could always do it better.

Owning a business comes with the burden of making tough decisions every day, and it’s impossible to please everyone.

The amount of time and thought that goes into each decision is huge, but employees often fail to recognise this.

They only see the final decision, like the tip of the iceberg, without understanding the underlying complexities and sleepless nights that business owners go through to make that call.

If I had the chance to do things differently, I would treat their position with more respect and empathy, putting myself in their shoes.

Running a business is an incredibly demanding journey, so let’s all try to be understanding and supportive of business owners.

If you can’t empathise, then refrain from complaining or dragging other staff into negativity.

From my experience speaking with hundreds of business owners and managers, I’ve learned that people with this negative mindset seek allies and can subtly draw others into their pessimism.

Be mindful of this.

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