What is your passion?

2 08 2010

Working in your own business can be an exhausting endeavor.   Just because you are working your own business, be it a small store, or a home-based business, there is a tremendous amount of work involved to get it going and keep it going.  We have reviewed the use of business plans to help keep you on track, but if you are tired, where do you find the energy to keep your business going each and every day?  Being in business or even starting up a business is no easy task.  In order to keep going during the rough times, and yes, you will have rough times, you need to ask yourself, what is your passion?

What a balanced home based business can look like

This quote from Viktor Frankl puts it in perspective:  “Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.”  If you think about it, if you are not passionate about what you are doing – even if you are not in business for yourself – then you will always feel tired.  Have you ever tried to push a rope?  It is so much easier to pull something along than it is to push it.  The same goes for business.  If you are not passionate about your business, then you are facing a tough battle.  You may find that you are feeling very tired, frustrated, like you have no control over your time or even burned-out.

If this describes how you have been feeling for some time, (not just a day or two, because we all have days like that), here are some tips that may help to rekindle your enthusiasm and passion for your business.

Even though you already have a business plan in place, write down all the reasons why you love your business and what you are offering your customers.  If you are not enthusiastic about the products or services you are offering your customers, how can they in turn get excited about them?

You may also review your business plan and imagine what your business will look like in five years.  Start dreaming about where you plan on being, what you are doing, how fast your products and services are selling.  Heck, you can be unrealistic, but it can be fun and it may inspire you to re-energize your products and services.  You may want to story-board some of these dreams, so you have pictures of what you would like to be and where you would like to live in 5 years.  Pictures work great for inspiration.

Thinking of something relaxing

Most importantly, you need to take time out for yourself.  Running your own business is tough, and because it is your business, you may feel obligated to work it 24/7 but that is not good business.  All you will do is run yourself into the ground and not have the energy to continue working.  You need to take time out and take a break from your business.  When you are away from your business, don’t continue talking about it.  You need both a mental and physical break from your plans.  I know that may be very difficult, but you will find that if you even take one day off from thinking about work, when you do get back to your business, it will be with renewed passion and energy.

Your body is like a battery, it does need recharging too.  So don’t forget to take care of your most important business asset, yourself.  If you don’t take care of your body, nobody else will either.

I will close with this quote from Ray Kroc (founder of McDonald’s), “If you work for just the money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing, and always put the customer first, success will be yours.”

Be passionate, have fun, but also take care of yourself and your customers.  You and your customers will enjoy it and your business will thrive.

Until next week…



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