Ever find yourself crossing the line between doing what you have to, and doing what you actually enjoy doing?
You feel like you’re already doing so much. You’re already burned out with what you’re obligated to do before you can even begin to think about setting aside time for what you enjoy. Even though you know in the back of your mind that you need it, joy is the furthest thing in your mind from a priority.
Joy doesn’t pay the bills. Or… does it? In a roundabout way, the answer is a resounding YES, and I’ll explain below.
You think you’re burned out now, but all of those free webinars you’ve attended and the various e-mail lists you’re on keep demonstrating just how much MORE you could be doing to promote, network, and elevate your business that you’re still not doing. You might even begin to compare yourself to other people who are further along. You can’t help but just start feeling overwhelmed… to say the least.
Losing sight of your purpose in all of the overwhelm is easy to do. With your mind clouded by the fog of everything that needs to be done, it’s possible that you’re more occupied with being ‘busy’ than actually productive. To find out, ask yourself this…
Are you doing enough of the things that you believe in and can actually enjoy, or is your day just chock full of ‘shoulds’ that suck the time and passion out of everything?
If you’re not, it’s time to back away for some much-needed soul-searching. As I’ve discussed before, a lot of the outer work can’t begin without some inner work first. When your time is taken up by all the wrong things, room can’t be made for joy.
Grab a notepad. You need to know:
- What your intended FEELING is every day that you go to work – and what activities bring that to you?
- What OUTCOME is in mind whenever you put forth any effort – are you working with the intention to provide value?
- Are you doing money-making activities, or just staying busy?
Why do you need to know these things?
#1 is important to know so that you can weed out anything that should just be outsourced.
#2 is a necessity because any activities that are done without purpose just simply fall flat and can’t give out a message that touches hearts and sways minds.
#3 is crucial because being ‘busy’ so much takes away energy for what will actually build the business that provides you the freedom you wanted in the first place.
Any effort you take to elevate your business that is CONSISTENT and ENJOYABLE will be the most powerful kind! People will be able to tell if you’re feeling good about your message and how you’re putting it out there.
They will see if you’re speaking from a place of passion instead of obligation. And they will be drawn to you for it. Because nobody will be drawn to a person who is practicing business from a place of obligation and creating content for the sake of creating content.
Not only that – but burnout will happen much faster if all you’re doing is spinning your wheels.
When your business becomes a ‘job’… that’s where dreams can die.
In the infancy of my business, I found myself writing blog articles as often as I possibly could. I loved writing. I loved speaking my message… until SEO came into the picture. All of the “rules” and restrictions I had to write with in order to appease the Google spiders and attract traffic stole away my passion.
Some people don’t mind this, and they have my respect, but writing became a drag for me. That’s no good way to pour your heart and soul into your message.
Be sure that you’re never straying away from why you started this business in the first place: to help people. For yourself to create a business around your dream lifestyle… not the other way around.
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Aside from finding all of the tasks you dread, you have to find a way to make the ‘MUST’ tasks more enjoyable. Can you add your own spin to how you do it?
Want blogging to be your biggest source of income, but everyone is making it big on Facebook? Social media is taking the world by storm, and from what I’ve seen and experienced first-hand… you’re far from the first person to wish it wasn’t so!
Be resourceful. Get some affiliates on your blog, create some products, and a little help with social media management so that you can go back to doing what you love.
Social media does play a huge role in online success nowadays, so you will need to play the game a little bit here and there. A virtual assistant can help you with all of the presence-building and trust-building posts in between the ones that you use to speak your heart and your message. I hire mine to gather ‘Friday Funnies’ and great head-scratching questions to fill in the gaps.
Back away from continuing to “do” blindly. Stop working just to keep working or because I “must”. Be still and be present to recollect your thoughts. Then, get it all down on paper and start making a plan of action to restore the joy in your business. This business is yours at its core and you deserve to love it!
What can you change in your business to start loving it again? Have you already found something that works? Let’s spread the love! In the comments, feel free to share some of the ways that you’ve prevented burnout!