Not long ago, I found myself drifting. I wasn’t sure what direction to take my business in. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to have my own business anymore. Something wasn’t quite right.
My mind didn’t want to handle it. Every day, I was reminded of the fact that I wasn’t getting anywhere. The biggest reminder came from my peers posting about their successes on Facebook, and every day I came closer to giving up on my own ambitions and just accepting my position as “the assistant.”
As a virtual assistant, I was amazing (if I do say so myself) and I was already making money from it – but I wasn’t fully content working for other people.
It wasn’t until I hit a “do or die” attitude that I was finally able to beat that fog and become clear on what my goals truly were. Here are the 3 steps I took to get my passion for business back.
Unplug for 24 hours
I took 24 hours away from my computer and all technology. No Facebook. No email. I literally didn’t even touch my phone that day. This gave me space to think without being bombarded by useless information and other influencing factors that could change my attitude or mindset.
In that 24 hours, I also meditated on what I wanted out of life and the different paths I could take to get the things I wanted. I didn’t really let myself think about the specifics of my business yet. I didn’t want to nail it down, I just wanted to explore my options.
Find your WHY and WHAT
The day after I unplugged, I allowed myself to think about business again. I thought about why I wanted to have a business and what I could do to satisfy that why. I knew I wanted to help people, so I thought about what skills I had that would be helpful and valuable to others.
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Eventually, I figured out that I wanted to give others the same freedom I had – the freedom to work from home and the freedom to design their own life. I decided I would teach others the things I’d learned about working from home over the last few years. It was a fairly general idea, but that was all I needed to get started. As time goes on, I get more and more specific about exactly what I can do to help others.
Come up with a plan
Now that I knew my WHY and WHAT, I needed a HOW. So, two days after my 24-hour tech ban, I sat down and figured out exactly what I needed to do in order to teach others how to work from home.
I started brain dumping ideas onto a piece of paper and picked a few to get started with. After that, I laid out the next steps and focused on being productive. Besides, a plan is only good if you put it into action. So, I figured out a system that would keep me working, but I didn’t want to work 24/7. Balance is important to me, so I decided I’d finish work by 3 p.m. each day.
Since taking these steps, I’ve done more in my business in the past few months than I have in the past few YEARS. I’m actually sticking to my systems for the first time and I’m happy with the progress I’ve made. I think the problem all along is that I didn’t lose my passion for business, I just felt stuck. I’m an entrepreneur, through-and-through, but that doesn’t mean that I’m always aware of that.
It took some major soul-searching to figure out that I wasn’t frustrated with my business. I was frustrated with MYSELF for not taking MEANINGFUL action in my business. Spinning your wheels will pull you down and make you think you’ve lost your passion. Once you figure out that the only thing standing between you and a successful business is either meaningless action or no action at all, you realize what’s really important and you find clarity around the steps you need to take.
If you’ve lost you passion for business, or you feel a little lost, I recommend using the same steps I did.
Unplug for 24 hours (minimum) – don’t think about business and meditate on what YOU want. Get free of outside influences and focus on what’s inside your heart and mind.
Find your WHY and WHAT – think about why you want to have a business and what that business could be. Clarity can get fuzzy if you don’t think about it often enough.
Come up with a plan – figure out how you’re going to make your why and what come to life and make an action plan to follow. Set up a system that allows you to get more done in less time. Take only the steps necessary and don’t follow a path that will lead you away from your goals.
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There will always be times you feel unsure about your business. With these simple steps, you’ll find yourself back on top of the world in no time. Repeat them as often as necessary to re-ignite the passion that lives just under the surface of the stress and overwhelm. Once you do, those two things that hold you back will melt away.
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Kayla Curry is a coach who focuses on productivity, setting goals, starting habits, and boosting confidence. She loves figuring out creative ways to overcome problems.
Her role models are her mother and Angelina Jolie. These two women have given Kayla the confidence and courage to pursue her dreams and goals.
She lives in North Platte, Nebraska with her husband and two sons. Making life amazing for her family is the reason she continues to reach for her dreams as both an entrepreneur and a fiction author.
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Great tips! I am definitely due for an “unplug” mini vacay!
We all need it once in a while! Let us knwo how it goes!
This is a great read! Thank you for the tips! This is an awesome checklist to keep pinned above my desk.
Awesome! I am very happy to hear that!
Thank you! It’s definitely something many people forget to do. When I’m feeling a little lost or overwhelmed, I know it’s time to take a step back. Thanks for reading!
Thanks for reading! So glad you got value out of it.
This is so true! At one end of the spectrum I find going to a coffee shop with a switched off phone and a notebook to be really helpful. At the other, when we’re travelling and I’m away from the pressures of ‘real life’ is often when I feel most inspired and WANT to do the jobs and make changes.
So glad to have “met you” and that your business is going from strength to strength.
Will keep in touch for sure 🙂
I completely agree with you. Thank you for your comment Becca! Keep in touch!
Just unplugged for a few days, and I’m rockin’ & rolling on my business activities! The plan was fuzzy before but now it’s clear. 🙂
So happy to hear that!
Ah I love this post! Thank you! I love the question that we need to ask ourselves “Why did you start your business?”. I guess that old saying comes up, “Know your why” because that will be the fight and drive for when we want to quit or feel misguided.
My “why” is for more freedom of time or to fully express myself in an expanded way. To be fully devoted to my tribe and their growth. I also started my business to work from home and relish in making my own rules.
Thank you again. I have taken some great insight from your post.
Hi Leisa, I am happy to hear that. I think that keeping your whys in the sight is very important when the going gets tough.
I never thought to take some time away in order to get more focused on work. That’s a really smart take on it all. That really frees up your mind to get a nice little recharge in order to get more drive for your passion. Great idea, Lesya!!!
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It is an awesome idea! However it’s not mine, it’s Kayla’s. 🙂 Thanks to her!
This was a great read! I honestly think we don’t unplug enough sometimes. I can see how that would lead to burnout and frustration.
“Once you figure out that the only thing standing between you and a successful business is either meaningless action or no action at all, you realize what’s really important and you find clarity around the steps you need to take.” This statement truly resonated with me. Being successful truly boils down to whether or not we’re going to take action and be consistent with that action.
I definitely enjoyed your blog post! Thank you for sharing such great advice 🙂
Unplugging is so hard, but I really do think it’s a valuable thing to do!