Is your business leaving you depressed and deflated?
Does it take everything you have just to ‘make it through the day’ at work?
Do you find yourself hating many of the things you ‘have’ to do for your business?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then you’re probably suffering from a strong case of working without purpose!
That’s right! If you’ve forgotten what inspired you to start your business in the first place, it’s inevitable that at some point you’ll stop working with purpose, and your work will begin to feel like drudgery. Your day-to-day work activities will no longer excite you. And you’ll have lost any sense of fulfillment.
It’s no wonder that you feel like you’ve lost your verve!
So, what do you do when this happens?
The first major step to take is to look the situation square in the proverbial face and come to terms with yourself about it.
Sounds simple right? Yet you’d be surprised just how difficult this can be when your business is ‘at stake‘.
But here’s the truth: nothing will change for the positive until you acknowledge what isn’t working!
As challenging as this may be to do, the upside is that once you do, you’ll be poised to re-align yourself with your purpose. And when you re-align with your purpose, you will be ready to transform your business and create a different future!
The story below from Michelle Mains is a fabulous example of this.
I Have a Passion
I have a friend who used to run a flower shop. “Anna” is a doll – fun, warm and thoughtful. As I was getting to know her, she admitted that she was glad she didn’t have the business anymore. It turns out the shop had been nothing like she had expected.
Anna and her husband refinanced their home multiple times. Repeatedly they found themselves pumping cash into their business, but that was only until the next crisis arose.
Anna often worked extra hours for months at a time when she had employee problems or staffing gaps. It wasn’t what she had in mind when they bought the business, especially as she tried to juggle time with her children and large, extended family.
She was complaining to a friend of ours for the umpteenth time when he suddenly said to her, “Hey – why don’t you just sell that business?”
“SELL IT?! Are you kidding me? After all the time, energy, and money we’ve put into it? I couldn’t do that. No – I wouldn’t do that. But, but, but…maybe I just need to sell that business.”
Anna was so surprised when the words came out of her mouth. A goal she had worked so hard to achieve – owning her own company, might be coming to an end. But as she went home that night and thought it through, she realized he may be right. She said to me, “I realized I only liked a small part of it. I didn’t like working with the City to obtain permits. I didn’t like arguing with farmers or wholesalers about prices. I didn’t like going to the accountant every quarter to work on my taxes. And I CERTAINLY didn’t like firing people!”
As you can imagine, they did sell the shop. And Anna, as well as her whole family, was much, much happier. It turns out that she got a job at a church, and part of her duties include helping brides who want to rent the church with their floral arrangements. She gets to do all the things she liked to do, and skip the ones she didn’t.
I admire Anna. She made a brave decision, admitted what wasn’t working, and moved on with her life before things got worse. I’ve had a lot of goals in my life, and I’ve achieved a lot. But I can tell you that it’s also all right to let go of a dream, or let it morph into something else, however bittersweet that may be. Let your natural gift call to you, and try to leave everything else behind, even if it’s only for the rest of this week. In the words of novelist George Sand, “I know that I have found fulfillment. I have an object in life, a task…a passion.”
Original source: http://michellemains.com/2012/04/17/i-have-a-passion/
Lost Your Verve for Your Business? Rediscover Your Passion for Working With Purpose.
It’s amazing how dealing with what’s not working and putting your focus on what you love will change everything.
Here are some simple steps to get you back on track so that you’re working with purpose, and experiencing joy in your work:
- Establish, or re-connect with the purpose of your business. What are you doing it for? What inspires you about it? How does your business make a difference in the world?
- Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what’s not working.
- Create a plan. Have the end in mind, and clarify your ideal outcome. Then map out what actions you’ll take to correct what isn’t working.
- Begin working with purpose in all areas of your business.
Follow these steps and watch how quickly everything turns around! You’ll be amazed how your newfound commitment to your purpose and your passion makes it all worth while.
You’ll see what it truly means to get your verve on!
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To your magnificence!
‘The Queen of Having It All‘
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