This morning at Mass, our pastor delivered a homily about the challenges of marriage.
He urged married couples, who may be experiencing financial, medical, or other challenges after years of being married, to remember their wedding day. He suggested they remember the first year or two of marriage, or at least a time in the past when the marriage was exciting and “special.”
The past, he urged, can help guide the future by allowing people to get “back to that point” when things were perfect (or near-perfect).
His homily got me thinking about how the same can apply to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Work or Clients Growing Stale? Your Past ‘Happy Place’ Can Help Guide the FutureAfter years of working with the same client(s), certain projects may grow “stale.” The work may come to seem monotonous — and the challenges of small business ownership may just grow tiresome.
As my pastor suggested this morning, can you think back to a time when our client work seemed most exciting? That first day when you open a bottle of champagne to celebrate landing the account? That first day when you quit your job to start your own business and feel the rush of adrenaline at the uncertainty of the future, and excitement of your new endeavor?
I say, “hell, yes, you can!”
Sometimes it’s necessary for your own mental health. Sometimes it’s necessary to reinvigorate your work product so you don’t lose the client.
Of course, if you can’t remember a day when you were excited about your job, your work, or your clients — then you need to make a major life-work change.
But, for many of us, it simply takes remembering what made our work exciting at the beginning, and getting back to that happy place to help guide the future.
Do you agree? Have any examples you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!