It happens. To all of us. What was exciting and new becomes mundane and boring…if you do it long enough. Somehow the purpose and the passion is overshadowed by the hum-drum of the daily to-do’s and you lose sight of the reason you started to begin with.
But there was a reason.
That very first day. After you finally took the entrepreneurial plunge.
You DID it!
Remember the joy and sheer glee of your very first sale? The thrill of getting paid to do what you only dreaming of doing. Of hearing how much you helped that somebody who was just waiting for a business like yours to come along.
Not every aspect of operating a business is bliss. There is the boring stuff, and the annoying stuff. Let’s not forget the frustrating stuff. And as much as we would like to, who can forget the heartbreaking stuff?
But I’m guessing that if you are reading this post, you wouldn’t give it up for a minute. Because when you take all the good, bad (and yes, even the ugly), you still love what you do. After all, you created it. You designed the perfect job for you.
So let’s work on falling in love with it again!
#1: Get Rid of (At Least Some of) the Yuck — Ask yourself what you are not enjoying about your business and find a way to get rid of it. If you can, just eliminate it. But if it is something that has to be done, hand it off to someone else.
#2: Go Back to Doing What You Love — Never mind that your business has outgrown the good old days when you got to answer the phones and serve the customers. If that brings you joy, find a way to do that at least some of the time.
#3: Start Creating Something New — Go back to the drawing board and create something new to get excited about. Chances are if you aren’t loving your business anymore, it’s because some of the thrill of the start-up is gone so start something new to grow and evolve your business.
#4: See Your Business From the Outside — Look at what you do from the perspective of someone on the outside looking in. Isn’t it amazing? You do that. That’s you. Wow. Good job! Don’t believe me? Open yourself up to hear what other people are telling you when they say they envy you for your “job”.
#5: Quantify How Your Business Has Impacted Your Life — Sit down and make a list of all the amazing things that have happened to you because of your business. Has it allowed you to be there every morning and after school for your children? Has it given you financial freedom? Has to allowed (or even forced) you to grow in ways you never would have imagined?