What do you do when … you’ve lost your business-owner passion?

Sticky situationsThere may be mornings when you leap out of bed raring to go to your business — and others when you are just not feeling it. On those days when your feet are dragging, it can feel like it’s the end of the line; like the passion is gone. But even when you feel like you are at rock bottom, there are things you can do, actions you can take to get it back.

In my experience there are three major parasites that zap your passion, feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and unfocused. If you are experiencing any of those, here’s a prescription for getting your mojo back.

  1. uninspiredGet some rest.
    When you are leading, it’s easy to get pulled in a lot of directions — clients want your attention, your team needs your time, vendors and advisors want to see you, and you still have to get your work done (not to mention family demands too!). With all that going on it’s hard to get any rest at all. Yet when we are tired, and especially when we have been tired for a long time, it can zap your passion. You need a mental health day, a long weekend, or even a vacation to recharge your batteries so you have the energy to have regain your passion.When we are tired (especially when we are really tired) every task feels that much harder and that much costlier. It becomes almost impossible to make progress, and any progress that you can make comes at an increased cost. When you get some rest, suddenly your task list seems a little more doable.
  2. Remember why you are doing this.
    There was a reason you launched this enterprise. Working through the daily grind (pounding out emails and returning phone calls) can wear you down and cover up those reasons. If you have your mission, goals or dreams written down pull them out again (If you don’t, this is a good time to write them down). Spend some time thinking again about the difference you are making, and the progress you’ve made toward those goals and dreams.
  3. Re-focus, re-prioritize.
    Now that you are more rested and have given yourself some time looking back at what you are here to do, it’s time to set some priorities — those things that are most important and limit the number of things that we have to keep track of. Look back at your task list with new eyes. What’s most important and what is most likely to push your progress toward your goals? What things can wait, or not be done at all. Start putting things into categories to get your task list back toward being more manageable.
  4. Do, delegate or defer
    Now let’s quickly walk through your whole task list. Is there anything on there that you can complete in 2 minutes or less? Bang those things out right away. Just doing that will reduce the number of things you are working with. Next, what can you delegate? What tasks can be done by one of your team members? I know it’s hard to delegate, and they might not do it as well as you will, but you aren’t getting it done so let them take a shot at it. Get those things off your list. Lastly, is there anything that can wait, is there anything that you just don’t need to e doing right away? Can you put them on a “Someday maybe” list?

This should get your task list down to a more manageable level, help you to reconnect with your goals, and give you more energy and focus to get back to it!

Do you ever lose your business-owner passion on occasion? What do you do to get it back? 

Brad Farris

As principal advisor of Anchor Advisors, Brad Farris has experience leading businesses & business owners into new levels of growth and success. Through his work with over 100 Chicago area small businesses he has experience in guiding founders and business owners through the pitfalls and joys of growing their business. Prior to joining Anchor Advisors, Brad spent over 10 years managing business units for a family-owned conglomerate with sales of $2 million to $25 million.
When not working Brad enjoys cycling, cooking and the NFL. He is married with 5 children and lives in Chicago, Illinois. Connect with him on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.