Sometimes even the best business becomes more of a drag than an inspiration. (I don’t care what anyone tells you… you know in your heart we all have off business days or weeks!)
As a results, you may contemplate selling the business, close it down or try to skate by until inspiration strikes. But there is an alternative. 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!
Sometimes you need to give yourself a break. 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 change it to to fit your current needs and desires.
It helps to have some things done ahead of time so you can spend the time taking a step back. For example, this blog post has been written and posted in advance so today I can focus on some reorganizing. For me, creating some order and discarding things that mentally weigh me down allows me to rediscover ideas and get some passion back. However, I couldn’t do it without planning in advance.
Know who you are and 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.
So how do you give up the stuff you don’t want to do? Find interns who will work for free to get hands-on experience. (BTW, I also find that teaching an intern a new skill and seeing their excitement is contagious! There’s nothing like getting a boost from others!)
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.
Look, you know you sometimes need the fire in your belly to be restoked. Take some time and find out how to respark!
What do you do to refuel the passion when it’s waning?