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October 13, 2011 at 1:03 PMComments: 3 Faves: 0

Put Excitement Back in Your Life and Business

By Jim Donovan More Blogs by This Author

Do you sometimes find yourself just going "through the motions" of your business from day to day? Has the excitement gone out of your daily routine?

What happened? Remember way back when you began doing this? You were excited and enthusiastic about what you were going to do. What went wrong? Where did the excitement and enthusiasm go? More importantly, how do you get it back?
Of course, this may be a signal that it is time for you to make some changes or to "move on." On the other hand, maybe you just need to get back in touch with why you are doing this in the first place.

The photo to the right is Wally (Famous) Amos, signing his new book at Book Expo America, a few years back. He's one of the most uplifting people I've ever had the pleasure to know. He continues to find excitement and passion in everything he does.

If you are in your own business, it may not be possible to move on, so you'd better learn ways to bring back the excitement. There is nothing more depressing than to see a small business owner (or employee) who has stopped enjoying their work. These are the people who sit in their stores or offices just waiting for the day when they can retire. They feel "stuck," unable to get out. They have lost their zest for living.

Are you one of these people who are just going through the motions? This is surely a "death rattle." Your life is too important to let it slip by, living a life, as Throeau said, of "quiet desperation."

How can you put back the zest? For starters, go back to your original business plan or personal journal and re-read the reasons you embarked on this business or career in the first place. What were your goals? You must have been excited back then.

Are these reasons still valid? Do they still ring true for you today? If they do, get back in touch with the "feelings" you had before. 

Sit quietly and mentally "go back" to that time. Feel the feelings you had then. Get the juice going again. Relive the experiences that led you to this place. Rekindle the flames you once had.

If you have drifted from your original purpose, perhaps you need to re-think why you are doing this now. In the case of your own business, maybe you need to change or modify your original direction. This could be as simple as offering a new product or service, something that gives you passion. 

Perhaps you could open new markets or venture into exporting to get your juices going again. Do something that puts the joy back in your day. Paint your store! Change your tie! Perhaps all you need to do is delegate some of the tasks you dislike and concentrate on doing what you love.

Complete this simple exercise. On a sheet of paper, answer the following two questions:

1. What I really enjoy about my work/business is that I _____________? 

This could be that you have the opportunity to travel to interesting places or meet people or help others, whatever you enjoy most.

2. The real benefit to my customer from my work is________?

I know a building contractor whose attitude toward his work changed when he changed his perception from that of simply a contractor to realizing the real benefit of what he did was he helped people turn their dreams into reality. This had a major impact on his self-esteem and, as a result, his income.

Sometimes, I run across a store that still has one of the old signs that read: "Through our doors pass some of the finest people in the world. Our customers." Maybe it's corny but I can't help but feel special in a place like that.

If you are going to a job today just because you went there yesterday, you are in a danger zone. You deserve to be enthusiastic, excited and even ecstatic about your livelihood. Sometimes you have to re-create that feeling.

Remember the words of the late Norman Vincent Peale who said that what happens to us is not nearly as important as how we interpret what happens.

Live with passion!

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  • Jim, this is truly a wonderful post! Very uplifting - and practical, too. One of the things I love about my job is knowing that people are being helped by what we do. That makes it so much easier on difficult days :)

    What would you recommend to someone who hasn't found their passion yet? My mom has tried several at-home businesses, and she's getting incredibly discouraged because nothing has seemed to work out. I try to encourage her the best I can, but I know she's very disheartened in her current situation.

  • Jim, thank you for posting this! I am a big believer in being positive and having a good attitude. It can be hard though sometimes! I am starting my photo business and sometimes I can get discouraged when I look at other photographers and see how far along they are in their business. But I remind myself, it's my first year doing this and as time goes on it will get better and better as long as I remind positive and I love what I do!

  • Laura,
    Finding one's passion is probably the most asked question any of us get. I'd suggest to your Mom that she look at the things she enjoys, does with ease, things other people marvel at, etc. For me, writing is one of them, as is speaking. I thrive on it. Must be the "ham" in me.

    If you start looking at other people's progress, you'll make yourself crazy.
    Why not just congratulate yourself on what you've accomplished? We do a "What's working" exercise weekly and write down ever little thing that's going right in my business. Sometimes there's more than at other times, however, since like attracts like, well . . . you get the idea.
    the fact that you're doing something you love makes you a winner in my book.

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