As an entrepreneur for more than 18 years, I know that not all business owners are thrilled to go back to their business after the festive season. There can be many reasons for that. But the fact remains, these feelings are demotivating you and negatively impacts your business. You need a way to deal with these emotions, using them as a guide back to loving your business again.
When a business owner enjoys their business, they function from a place of inspiration – they are energized. It leads to a more stable business. The customers feels that “buy-in” and dedication from the owner. A win for everyone.
Think of the following 5 things in the first 5 days of your new work year if you are serious of getting rid of dreading your own business:
#1. Do you still want to do this?
Do you really still want to do this work or has the passion run its course? From experience I know it is difficult to rekindle the passion of something that has run its course. Maybe consider starting fresh? If money was no object, what would you do with your time? Figure that out and then see how you can do that in your current business. If it’s not possible then how can you sell your current business and do what you love as a business instead.
#2. Is this really serving my needs?
Are your needs always playing second fiddle to the needs of the company? Does it seem like business always comes first, then you, then your husband/wife and then only your kids? The company is there to serve you, isn’t that why you started it? If the company is not giving you what you want or need now, it will never give it to you, unless you change that relationship. I apologise for using the example of a bully but that is what this is. Not until you stand up to the bully will things change and same goes here. Only when you clearly state that you also have needs to be met will the business meet those needs.
#3. How is this playing into my future?
Is your life direction and your business direction in alignment or is it heading for a split? You will not be motivated to go to work knowing that there is no real future in this relationship. Revisit your business strategy to see if it is possible. You have to align your future with the businesses future so that you and the business both get what each wants while being motivated.
#4. What would you like to get out of this?
Have you ever clearly stated to your business what you want and how it is supposed to give it to you? Be clear about your free time, the money, family life, money, mental development and more it needs to give you. The shortest advice requiring the most work. 😀
#5. How will you get it?
This may seem strange at first but let me explain. With my work in life design for business owners, I travel and I constantly learn and attend courses to grow with my clients. So, everything that I want in life, I get by doing what I do every day. However, your business might be able to only give you cash. If so, then you have to be clear on how you will apply the cash. Keep the end in mind otherwise you will end up spending your money for instant gratification in order to get rid of the dread of going to your business every day.
You have to design your life, that is what life design is. And for business owners it means you have to design your life and your business at the same time, because they are interdependent.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much” ~ Jim Rohn