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Top tips for staying in love with your business

From time to time, we can fall out of love with our business. Mindset coach John Lewis offers these tips for keeping the romance alive.

February is upon us, the nights are getting lighter, Spring is around the corner, and on the evening of February 13, men up and down the country will be heading to their local petrol station to buy thoughtful gifts to give to their loved ones on Valentine’s Day so we can let them know how much we love them!

Starting your own small business is a bit like falling in love: it’s exciting, exhilarating, and new.

However, as time moves on reality sets in and you may discover that not everything about running a business is so wonderful. Unfortunately, being a small business owner isn’t always red roses, chocolates, and joy.

And from time to time, we can fall out of love with our business – life can become a drudge, a drag, and a drain on your mental health.

Here are five tips for how you can rekindle that passion:

Network – meeting like-minded businesspeople is a great way to bring energy and passion back. These people can help, support and refer business to you. Mingle to rekindle your passion.

Remember why you started in the first place – next time you are doing something you love within your business, just take a minute, close your eyes and let the thoughts and feelings ride through you, then open your eyes and write down these thoughts and feelings, these are key into your ‘why’ you do what you do and why you started out in the first place, Review these notes when you feel you need a kick up the butt!

Delegate or outsource – can you delegate the bits that you just don’t enjoy, freeing up time for you to do the bits you love? You need to do this for growth anyway.

Take time away – I don’t mean holidaying all the time (be nice, wouldn’t it?) Schedule time out of your day to walk, run, do something you enjoy other than your business, scientifically known to help creativity by releasing positive chemicals.

Change your environment – is where you operate from part of the problem? Do you spend most of your day alone? Look at this, is this helpful, would sharing office space help? If it’s not feasible then look at refreshing your own environment, a lick of paint perhaps. Sprucing up your environment can lead your business to feel new and exciting again.

Simple small changes can make massive difference to mindset, attitude, and approach to our businesses and help rekindle some passion.

John Lewis is a member of the not-for-proft business referral group BusinessWise and the founder of JL Mindset, based in Swindon. John is an NLP master coach and mental health first aid trainer working with individuals, business and sports teams helping them to overcome the mental obstacles that can stop them from achieving their goals or potential.