Finding your Passion in Business

24 01 2012

Last week we discussed reviewing where we were in business and setting goals for where we want to be by the end of this year.  While we were discussing goal-setting, I mentioned that it was not only important to set obtainable goals, but to set goals that you were passionate about.

This week we are going to explore a some possible ways that you can find your passion in business.  Let’s first define Passion:  “Passion is a term that is often applied to a very strong feeling about a person or a thing.  It is an intense emotion, compelling feeling, enthusiasm or a desire for something.” – Wikipedia definition.

“What is passion?  It is surely the becoming of a person.” – John Boorman

If you are in a home-based business, or are managing a small business. it is highly likely that you were extremely passionate about the business you got involved in.  The problem is that running a business, especially a home-based business, can be very time consuming and tiring.  After a while, you may start to wonder why you ever thought you wanted to be in business for yourself in the first place.

If you are still working your business, you may need to rediscover the passion in your business.  It could be helpful to sit down and write down all the reasons WHY you got involved in that business originally.  Sometimes, when you go back to the beginning, you can rediscover the passion that inspired you to start your own business.  As you rediscover your passion, write down the points that you feel very strongly about.  You want to remember those aspects of your business when times start getting difficult again.  Do not focus on the negative aspect of your business, everyone has tough times, and focusing on the negative will not allow you to capture the passion (positive passion) that you were hoping to discover.

Once you are able to rekindle the passion you had at the outset, now would be the time to start setting goals for the future.  If you had focused on the negatives of your business, odds are that your goals would not be all that they should be and you could very well start a downward spiral of your business.  As you start defining your goals, always be sure to verify that you are passionate about the goals you are setting.  You should be very passionate about all of your big, long-term goals because if you are not, there is a very high likelihood that you will not achieve those goals.

Make sure your goals are realistic, but that they are also designed to push you and your business to greater heights.  If you can set long-term goals that you feel very strongly about, then it will be so much easier to remain motivated and passionate  as you work towards those goals.  After your “big” goals are set, then you can start designing those smaller, stepping-stone goals, that will help you to attain your “big” goal.  Again, if you are passionate about the end result, you will find a much stronger motivation to continue working towards that goal, despite any road-blocks that will appear.

Sometimes you may discover that you cannot recapture the passion you once had.  If you feel you are in that position, before you do anything rash, talk to some other small business owners.  Ask them how they managed to work through their challenges.  As we discussed last week, talk to successful people.  Do not waste your precious time and energy talking to people who feel your passion is misplaced or misguided.

Continue to strive to be passionate in your business, and strive to provide the best services to your customers.  By providing the best for everyone, in the long run, your business will prosper.    One critical key to success in business is finding your passion in business.

If you are looking for some business opportunity to get involved with, perhaps we can be of assistance.  If you do not see anything that triggers your passion, perhaps you can use some of the ideas from the website to discover what you are truly passionate about.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Until next week…keep the passion

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Happy New Year 2012

17 01 2012

Happy new year to one and all.  Now is the time we all take a moment, assess where we have been and set goals for where we want to be in the new year.  Granted, 2012 has been here for all of 17 days, but that really means there are 349 days (remember, this is a leap year) left to make the year really successful. 

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This week we are going to address the question of success.  Do you consider yourself successful?  Do you consider your business successful?  Even if you think both you and your business are successful, what do you plan on doing this year in order to become more successful? 

The first thing we all need to do is to assess our own personal definition of Success.  Success for some may refer to a level of social status, achievement in business or school, or that you didn’t fail at doing something.  The Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary defines success as:  “the achieving of desired results or something that achieves positive results.”  So, success for one person may not be successful for someone else. 

To start your new year out right, you need to define your version of both personal and business success.  It is important to define both because if you achieve success in one and not the other, you will probably not be happy with your overall results.  If you expect your business to be successful, you should be successful in your personal life. 

Where is your life headed right now?  Is this the direction you want to go, if not, why not?  If you want to go in a different direction for 2012, what do you need to do in order to get there?  Do not try to overhaul your life in one big swing.  If you are not where you want to be now, it probably occurred in a series of small changes, not one big change.  So, if you want to put your life back on a successful path, you will need to make small changes that will ultimately add up to the large, successful change you desire.  Making this goal is no different than setting goals for your business plan.  You have the ultimate goal in mind, but you cannot get there from where you are right now.  In order to get to that end result, you will need to set a series of much smaller, and easily attained goals. 

These smaller steps are all to be designed to keep you not only pointed in the right direction, but to keep you motivated while you are ever so slowly marching towards your main goal.  How many times did you set a goal, and after months of hard work, still don’t seem any closer to that goal?  Don’t you get demotivated at that point?  Odds are that you become so frustrated with the lack of progress, you toss the whole idea out the door and quit.  By setting smaller, easily achievable goals, you can reward yourself and your business quicker and remain motivated and moving toward your major plan. 

Even after you have set your goals, are you happy with the path that you have taken?  Is this REALLY what you want to do and is this the direction you feel your business should be headed?  True success is loving what you do.  If you have your own business, you should be in it because you LOVE to be there, not just because it pays the bills.  There is nothing wrong with working in order to pay the bills, but you need to find something that will assist you in gaining financial freedom too.  You can work a regular job, but if you begin to work towards financial freedom, you may discover that you start enjoying what you do because you are getting closer to your goal.  Once you start enjoying yourself, you are becoming successful.  The world’s most successful people definitely love what they do.  They may be working insane hours in their business, but since they are doing what they are passionate about, the hours are not a burden.  That is true success. 

So, keep on plugging away with what you are doing, but perhaps you will want to start building towards your own personal success.  Don’t just set goals to achieve, but be sure those goals are what you are passionate about.  Without passion, you will never feel like you are successful.

Until next week.