Is your business starting to feel like a drag? It happens to the best of us.
You begin to get bored or stop seeing the results you once had – then you start finding ‘distractions’ to keep you from the tasks at hand – or perhaps start looking for jobs.
It’s unfortunate and it doesn’t have to happen. You can keep the passion for your business burning brightly; maybe even hotter than it was when you first envisioned going into business for yourself! Here’s how:
Take a few days, or even a few weeks, to step back from your business. Assess what you love about your business (or what you used to love and enjoy). Explore what you dislike about your business too. For example, maybe you’re a service provider and you used to enjoy your clients but your new clients are difficult and not enjoyable to work with. Or perhaps your desire to be a service provider has waned.
Knowing what you like about your business, and what you don’t like, can help you create a plan to modify it to fit your changing needs.
Embrace What You Love
Often, regaining or retaining your passion for your business means focusing on the tasks that you enjoy and finding ways to eliminate the rest. If you find that your passion is wavering, perhaps it’s because you’re doing too many tasks that you dislike.
Focus again on what you love and use that brilliant entrepreneurial mind of yours to find ways to get rid of the rest. It may mean modifying your systems so some tasks are no longer necessary. It may mean automating something or hiring outside help. Trust that when you’re able to focus on what you love, your passion will be sustained.
A Little Gratitude Goes a Long Way
It’s amazing what a little gratitude can do for the spirit. And when you’re an entrepreneur there are so many things to be grateful for. You’re the boss. You’re in control of your financial future. You get to spend your days doing something that you love. Whenever you feel your passion disappearing and procrastination setting in, think about all of the wonderful things you get to experience by owning your own business. It’s a quick and easy way to gain perspective and appreciation for your business.
I just started a gratitude journal this year. It’s amazing how much more appreciative I am of what I do and how I do it! Try it for yourself.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make Changes
Finally, remember that sometimes maintaining passion for your business is about keeping things interesting. If you’ve found yourself in a rut, consider how you can improve or change your business to keep the fires burning. Constantly striving to provide better products or services, or to make more money, is a great way to stay motivated and enthusiastic.
I decided to start a new blog this year to energize some of the passion I have for owning a business while raising kids. It has really re-energized me. (You can check it out at http://mommy-inc.com)
You own your own business and that gives you the power to control your day to day destiny. If you find that you’re feeling unenthusiastic about your business, take action to make a change.