Work or Clients Growing Stale? Your Past ‘Happy Place’ Can Help Guide the Future


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!



2 Replies to “Work or Clients Growing Stale? Your Past ‘Happy Place’ Can Help Guide the Future”

  1. Curt,

    My co-workers and I just received an email from management about continuous improvement and performance. It read, in part, “The moment you think you’re doing everything just as it should be done and all you need to do is keep sailing with the wind in your back, you’re asking for your ship to sink. For top performing organizations and individuals, relentless improvement is part of what they do every day. We must create energy and commitment to perform.”

    As is customer for me when receiving these types of reminders, I think that the email is being written to me personally and see it as a challenge, both in my personal life but especially in my career. Although I laugh every day at work, I must find ways to do more for the job I love doing. By having set goals to work toward, I’m certainly to have more days where I’m excited with my career than I am not.

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring post.

    Best regards,
    Lonnie Ledford

    1. Lonnie — thanks so much for your comment. You’re welcome 🙂 I absolutely agree. Embrace the “new”. Don’t ever think everything is going the best it can be. Don’t get me wrong — enjoy life and be happy, but if things grow stale, go back to your “happy place.”

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