Thrilling. Adventurous. Surprising. Instinctive. Remember that excitement that followed the great idea to start your business? Yeah, me either—that’s how I feel sometimes.
I feel like that initial spark that got me out of bed in the morning has started to fade. I love routine as much as the next person, but oh my god if I have to think of one more caption for a picture of a truck I’m going to lose it.
As business owners, feeling this way is a direct pipeline to giving up on our work, giving up on ourselves, and chasing the next shiny object hoping to catch that same high.
When this happens in our real life we have the tools to deal, but what about in business?
When it comes to an entrepreneur’s journey, especially as a small business founder, this can be unknown lands.
So what’s the trick to getting the spark back between you and your business?
First, take a step back and look at the beginning. Remember why you started your business in the first place. Psychically heading back to where you started can remind you of all those same feelings.
Your motivations and inspirations are real, and they got you this far. So honor them.
Next, take a look at where you are now versus where it all began. Be honest here: Have you stayed a little bit from your original vision? Maybe bumping yourself back on track will help you get your mojo back.
Now look at what lights you up and dulls your shine. What parts of your day are you most excited about? Can you do more of that? What parts of your day do you dread? Can you hand that off to someone else? Or better yet: eliminate it altogether?
Finally, take a break and do something that brings you joy (that’s not business related).
As founders and CEOs, we sometimes get so excited about our work that it becomes all-consuming. And then when that excitement takes a break, all we’re left with is a bunch of stuff we don’t want to do.
And I don’t know about you, but I started this business because I only want to do things I want to do.
Even if your business is a massive part of your life, it can’t be the entire thing – because that’s how burnout happens.
By embarking on this journey as entrepreneurs we haven’t made it easy on ourselves, but a little pause and reflection can go a long way to getting our sparks back.