Passion! Not the hot steamy sexy kind, but the other kind, passion for your business.
You have heard it said that to be successful at what you do, you must be passionate about it. These days we are encouraged to find our passion, follow our passion, and turn our passion into a business.
But what is passion and how does having passion for what you do make you more effective?
When you start a business you’re super stoked and excited about it. Your passion inspires and motivates others. Your passion propels you forward and gives you courage to keep going. Other people can literally feel your excitement and belief in what you are doing. Very contagious and attractive!
But will we or should we FEEL this passionate about our businesses all the time? Is it practical for us to think that we must be “on fire” all the time to be effective?
Over the last 8 years my experience has included times of enthusiasm and excitement; especially during the beginning stages of my business, or now when I have a new idea or when I have work with a client who is feeling clear and excited about their next steps. And then there are days when I feel less then keen.
I am learning those less then keen days are needed too. Days when doing my paperwork, or editing my website, or even days leading up to a workshop or event where I just feel blah. Like I could take it or leave it. At first that kind of freaked me out. I was beating myself up about it... “I shouldn’t feel this way, something must be wrong.”
There is nothing wrong, passion ebbs and flows, it follows the path of creative process.
Creative process isn’t reserved for artists only. If you are an entrepreneur, a self-employed person, you are creative.
Creative process brings with it those “meh” days. Our part is to follow its lead and take some down time. Go outside, read a book, rest, play…anything that is not business related. For in that time away from business, your mind and heart are refreshed, and little by little inspiration and motivation are rekindled, and you will begin to feel excited again.
Passion is not constant. Passion changes in form and with time. Not getting caught in a belief that you should be or feel a certain way will keep you free and inspired. Learning to read the ebb and flow of your business and creative process frees you up to just allow and trust that the seed of passion that is your business will not die or go away.
Next time you are feeling disconnected and less then excited about your business, take a break. Give yourself permission to step back and trust that your motivation will return and probably bring with it some inspired new ideas!
How do you deal with your creative process? What have you learned to do when you are feeling uninspired by your business? Leave a comment!