As business owners, we are a highly self-motivated bunch of people. We love our businesses, we love helping our customers, and we work very hard at what we do. Sometimes we work so hard, we get disconnected from our passion. Occasionally, it’s a good idea to step out of the daily details of business and get ourselves re-energized, reconnected, and rejuvenated about what we do. Here are five ways to do just that:
Remember Your “Why”
Do you remember why you started your business in the first place? Many people saw a need and created their business to fill that need. Others want to help people with the services and products they offer. Still others have a wonderful skill that when shared, leave people better off.
To help you remember your “why” on a regular basis, consider posting visual clues around your office. It could be pictures of you and your partner, you and your first sale, you and a product you’ve created, or you and a customer. Posting these pictures will leave you feeling great and remembering why you sometimes work so hard!
Start a Long Desired Project
It might be time to give your business a gift and get around to that project you’ve wanted to complete. The project might be a website update, a new internal system, some new equipment, or that new employee you are ready for. Take the leap and make the change that will breathe fresh air into your passion.
Gratitude always feels great – when we give it and when we receive it. Ask your customers for testimonials of how your product or service has impacted them. Then just receive and enjoy.
It always feels great when you know you are appreciated and are recognized for doing a good job. And since we don’t have bosses, who else will tell us how we’re doing except our customers?
Take a Break
Stepping away from work brings perspective and fresh ideas. Take a day off, or go on vacation. Unplugging allows our brain to rest and relax, and when it does, you’ll have a whole new set of creative and passionate ideas to consider when you get back.
Give Yourself a Raise
If you’ve lost passion for what you do, then you might just be due for a raise. Take a good look at your books, and see if you should increase prices or can find a way to improve your profit margin. Either way, you’ll boost your profits and be able to keep more of what you make.