ENTREPRENEURSHIP / SEP. 11, 2014
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How to Find Your Passion as an Entrepreneur

Getting your groove back isn’t ever easy. Entrepreneurs face a ton of opposition throughout their careers from everyday problems to huge hurdles that sometime seem impossible to surpass. Every day, these small annoyances and gregarious feats can eat away at the passion that first drove you, inspired you, and helped you to keep trudging up the hill to success. Finding your passion and revisiting your initial inspiration is the key to lifelong entrepreneurial success. 

Time for a Redesign

One key element to finding your passion again is reevaluating both your work and personal life. What have you given up to stay in the game? Taking a close look at what your life is like now and what it was like when you first started your business quest could provide you with a sobering reality - you have stopped doing the things you love. By making a "before and after" list, you may be able to determine that what first inspired you and sparked passion in your life is now missing. If this is the case, it may be the perfect time to start doing things on your "before" list once again. 

Take a Closer Look at Your Goals

Your goals may have changed since you began your business. Even though you may not have reached your long-term goal just yet, you probably have successfully reached others. When the passion is gone, it is the right time to once again create a short-term and long-term goal list. Setting new goals can help to generate some excitement and rekindle your fledgling entrepreneurial drive. Make sure these goals align with your current work and life situation as these may have changed since you started your business.

Dig Deep

Since becoming an entrepreneur, there have been plenty of times you had to hunker down and dig deep for inspiration. If you are struggling, worn out, or simply feeling complacent, these are the times you have to dig deep once again. Try to envision the times when you were happiest with your work and the times you nearly skipped through the office you were so giddy just to be doing this. These are the times you need to remember and dwell upon. What was it that made you feel so fulfilled, purposeful, and happy about your work situation? Channeling these "good old days" can help you to renew your passion for the job.

Talk it Out

Friends, life partners, and mentors sometimes are not able to help you sort through times of mental blockage. In some cases hiring a life coach can help you work through times you feel muddled and passion-suppressed. A life coach does not tell you what to do, they allow you to come to realizations on your own, making the experience fulfilling and memorable, allowing you to tap into your new found passion-grooming skills whenever the need arises.

Let Yourself Daydream

Daydreaming is the single most effective way to spark inspiration, hone innovation skills, and revitalize your passion. Take time every day to daydream about where you have been, where you are, and where you want to be. This can also help you develop your creative and critical thought processes.

Continuing to be passionate about what you do is a struggle, but it happens to even the most successful entrepreneurs. Sir Richard Branson once stated "“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.” Well said, sir, well said.

 

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