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  You started your business with fire in your belly and a mission to remake the world—or at least an aspect of it. The dream was clear, your energy was at a maximum, and you worked at a great pace.
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It was so different back then. Now, you’re just dragging along, merely managing to get the important things done. Everything feels like a chore. Maybe you even dread getting back to work every morning. Somewhere along the line, you lost your passion for your business. It’s not clear how, but you know that it’s not the same. How do you get back to the way it used to be? If these lines describe your situation, you’re not alone. Thousands, perhaps millions, are stuck in the same rut. It’s an all-too-common reality, even if it’s not commonly discussed in the business success-story magazines of this world. Thankfully, you have a way out. Here we’ll share some ways to rekindle that passion and get your enthusiasm running high again.

Take More Breaks

It’s possible that you’ve been drained by work. The piles of responsibilities you’ve been battling with over time have sucked the creative juices out of you. If this is the case, it’s probably time for you to give yourself more breaks. If you can’t afford an extended time off, at least just scale back on the effort you hurl at what you’re building. Carve out more you-time. It could be the key to getting refreshed. Granted, today’s world is powered by round-the-clock availability and coffee-fueled late-night toiling. You’ll probably think you’re being lazy by not turning up even at odd hours. But if you’re going to restore your fading interest, you’ll have to take a few steps back from all of that.

Become An Active Learner

Sometimes, you become lacklustre about your business because you’re not learning more. This might seem a bit odd, but it’s a key cause of a flagging sense of purpose. Is your well of ideas running dry? Do you struggle to come up with smart solutions like you used to? You should try reading books and listening to podcasts—whether they’re about business or life in general.
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Learning about the entrepreneurial journeys of other people could inspire you to achieve success on your own front. You could gain knowledge that’ll help you navigate challenging situations, and be encouraged to approach work with a positive mindset.

Recall Your Wins

What victories have you won? What milestones have you attained? Regardless of how small they are, reflecting on them could make you eager to achieve more. It’s easy to get drowned in everyday routine and forget the high points of your business’s life so far. Don’t let this remain the case. This may well be a crucial block that’s drawing down your energies and making you feel like your work is just drudgery. Keep on recalling your wins. This helps you gain a perspective of the work you do that you’re probably missing. Cultivate a habit of recognizing the value you create, and you’ll soon return to building your enterprise with passion.

Revisit Your ‘Why’

What did you want to achieve with your business when you started it? Was it revolutionizing Nigerian fashion? Digitizing over a million businesses? Transforming the motor vehicle retail landscape? Do you remember how pumped up you were about it? Why did it grip you that much? All too often, entrepreneurs lose their initial focus and come to see their mission and vision statements as mere mantras, devoid of real meaning. But those statements are designed to inspire you. Do what you can to keep them that way. Revisiting your ‘why’—your business’s purpose for existing—could help you recover your fervour for your business. Sit with them for a while. Visualize them accomplished. In time, you’ll make them happen; that’s what you believed when you first launched out. Renew your commitment to your mission and vision, and step out with courage and belief.

Work With Passionate People

Passion is infectious. So is lukewarmness. If your team is composed of motivated individuals, their motivation will rub off on you. But if they’re mostly going through the motions, you may find yourself drifting in the same direction soon enough. This is why you should be extra careful with your hiring. You want to be surrounded by people who believe that your vision is attainable, and who work every day to make it happen.

Exit Your Comfort Zone

When was the last time you experienced that exhilarating feeling that comes at the end of solving a difficult problem? Have you challenged yourself often enough? Sometimes, your loss of passion comes down to a simple fact: you’re coasting. Maybe you’re sitting pretty in your comfort zone, and every working day just seems the same. If you discover this to be your problem, it may be time to turn the heat up a bit. Set new targets for yourself and your business. They should be tasking, but achievable. Then set about reaching them. The process could make you feel more alive, and enable you to recover your entrepreneurial drive.

Final Words

We all lose our focus and motivation once in a while. This is true for business as it is for other aspects of life. But given the hurdles that come with running a business, you’ll need to be passionate about it if you’re going to scale through. Follow the tips we’ve given here, and you’ll be on your way to reclaiming your passion for your business. Featured Image Source: The Compliance And Ethics Blog
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This article was first published on 8th September 2021


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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