Are you in love with your business? What happens if you start to fall out of love with it? If you compare your relationship with your business to a partnership or a friendship you might see that:
You started your business because you really liked...no...probably loved the idea and dream. It fulfilled your need for significance and contribution, you were super passionate about it, it would meet your financial needs and also give you a sense of autonomy and freedom.
Fast forward a couple of years and you might find yourself dreading having to show up for your business. The passion is gone, you generally feel "meh". Then a bit of anxiety and panic show up because you start thinking:
"I shouldn't feel like this"
"I need to get it together and get back on track"
"What is wrong with me? I have worked hard to get to this place"
But if you take a few steps back and put it in perspective you realize that these ups and downs are natural in any relationship. The honeymoon period is glorious. Everything is sparkly and exciting. You can't wait to jump out of bed in the morning.
After a few years together a relationship can become routine and predictable. You know what to expect. The passion ebbs. You still love the relationship, but sometimes you don't like it. All totally natural and part of being in long term relationship.
Accept that there will be days in your business when you won't be on fire about it. Give yourself some downtime and space away from your business, some time to stop thinking about it. Go and do something completely different and then come back to it.
(If you come back to it and the feelings persist it might be time to change things up. Your business might be ready for something new, a challenge. Relationships change, the people in them change. And so it is with our relationship to our businesses. Ask yourself what your business might need? What might make it better or more fun?)
Your business is your creation. When we create something we have a responsibility to it. Do you have realistic expectations of your business, or are you asking too much of it? You wouldn't expect a child to be able to do an adult task, and you have to think of your business the same way. Ask yourself:
What am I expecting of my business and are my expectations realistic? If the expectations and goals are too high for the stage the business is at you will feel resentful, irritated and tired. (Hint: reset your goals and expectations for your business based on your answers to this question.)
You won't be in love with your work and business everyday. There will be days when you dread or even hate it. If you are currently going through a period of dreading your business