How to Rekindle the Love And Passion For Your Business?Zoran
In my inbox were waiting for me several similar questions on this subject because somehow I mostly work with entrepreneurs who are in business 3-10 years and are in the period of life when they will burn out or already are burnt-out, so here I will try to answer this question through my blog.
We are not alone. It is normal, especially when we relax during vacation or if we feel that relaxing magic in Dalmatia, to question it all… does it make sense to go back to work, do we love our business at all, isn’t it easier to be a worker than an entrepreneur in this region… etc., etc.
We have become entrepreneurs either out of some external emergency (we got fired) or an internal one (something was driving us, a mad passion and we just had to do it), or we inherited a business (our parents got us into it). The assumption is that we set out to do something that we knew / loved / saw an opportunity for or we were at least somewhat interested in it. Thank God business began to grow, and then came all that other stuff – finances, how to find employees, how to motivate them… how to collect money… ouch… and you think: Why did I do it, I just wanted to do what I loved, and not to work for my employees, collect for their salaries, contributions, VAT…
All of us experience that moment when we do not know anymore who we are, let alone what we love to do and we cannot even remember why we became entrepreneurs.
We are tired of it all and we have made many mistakes (although they teach us that it was research and development, so to speak – learning, experience), but be honest, we feel it as painful mistakes… those that cost us a lot…
I have the most experience with people who are in such a situation, and through the educational program called „Building the Business“ we learn how to work ON our business, and not IN our business, we learn how to “come to oneself”, how to set up business to function without us that we can have the feeling that we are free to enjoy work and life.
Well then, let me answer the question from the title – how to rekindle the love and passion for your business?
If it was a partner relationship, in the text you would read things like ‘you have to try harder as in the beginning’. I love to work and to work a lot, but somehow those words ‘try harder’ never really suited me. They sound forced. Effortlessly sounds more attractive. That does not mean that there is no work, but it sounds clearer in English – effortlessly, somehow it has more energy than trying harder.
So, first things first:
1. Why – what is your why? Why do you do what you do? That is what buyers buy from you, what motivates your employees, so let it motivate you too. Remember what it is.
2. Vision – what is your vision? If the vision is bigger, the problems appear smaller.
3. Who are we? What is our nature? Our way to success must be aligned with who we are – of course if we want to be happy all the way.
4. What is important to us – what are our values – what do we care for?
5. Which are our goals? Not things like 10,000 euro a month or more until Christmas, but what we want to experience, how to grow, how to contribute… how to feel when doing it, how to live… that is why we are here, to get experience and to use our talents serving others so that the world remains at least a little better after we leave it than without our legacy. (I know it sounds idealistic in a country where most entrepreneurs make ends meet with difficulty, gather every month for salaries and VAT, but some things are timeless no matter how idealistic they sound at first.)
So, to conclude – how?
Stop and ask yourself these and similar questions. Wait for the answers peacefully. They will come. Then listen to them.
When the answers come, you might give up from many things (see my previous blog Life detox), maybe delegate work, perhaps even sell the business, or maybe start another one … maybe cease to be an entrepreneur … who knows. Dare to listen to the answer. It will come. Just ask questions and follow the signs. And regardless of the circumstances while you are waiting for answers to arrive do not expect the circumstances to become perfect. Because they won’t. Our own thoughts and what we say to ourselves and even the action itself influence our motivation, so the change of the angle from which we look at things – like focus on gratitude, changing in the circle of people within which we move – can bring drastic and fast motions, and necessary new / old passion…