One of the most difficult challenges for entrepreneurs is overcoming the boredom that comes with building a business. Once all the systems are in place for hyper-growth and the business is in burst mode then many of the daily tasks need to be streamlined, improved, tweaked and managed. Often, this is not what a disruptive entrepreneur signed up for.
“This is not what running a successful, growing business is supposed to be like,” you think to yourself. “I’m supposed to wake up feeling excited and passionate about my day’s challenges, not tired and bored out of my brains, prophesizing the same things, asking investors for money, headhunting for my executive team, babysitting my current staff, arguing with my business partners or board members.”
The answer to your current woes lies in an age-old proverb from English poet William Cowper
“Variety’s the Very Spice of Life and That Gives It All It’s Flavour”
All too often we forget the freedom of thought and action we completely embraced when we were young. Before we reached adolescence we were engaged in a world almost completely of our own making. We weren’t encumbered with fearful thoughts of our future as we lived and breathed in the NOW!
We embraced the present moment and immersed all our energy and emotion in curiousness and investigation. We were taking things apart and putting them back together. We wanted to know how and most importantly, “why” things worked the way they did.
We had no understanding of status quo and we very rarely listened to our elders, because we knew they lived and operated in a different world, a world that didn’t look or feel as fun and interesting as the one we were experiencing each and every moment of the day.
Our senses were on fire every day with new and novel experiences and it kept us entranced from the moment we woke until we were tucked in at night, only to be swept away by our dreams and possibly nightmares. This too was a welcome continuation of living life to it’s fullest.
If you find yourself in a situation that has allowed routine and boredom to set in, then power yourself up and schedule some fun time. Do some things you normally wouldn’t allow yourself to do.
- Break up your routine to make some room for a visit to a museum.
- Visit your children at school and watch how they create fun in their days.
- Take a short day flight to a city you’ve never visited.
- Join your staff to do a task you wouldn’t normally participate in.
- Take a train ride or a helicopter journey over your city.
- Walk around your neighborhood at a time you would normally be at work.
- Rekindle a childhood hobby you might have left behind long ago.
The changes you need to stay refreshed and feeling alive are often small and seemingly insignificant, however, if approached with the right intention, can, over time, positively affect your day to day attitude and “feel good” energy which are the raw materials for maintaining both a thriving company and a Passionate Life!
Dominic Kotarski is the author of international best-seller “The Making”. He writes, speaks, inspires, motivates and teaches on the most important aspects of your business including Sales, Coaching, Team-Building, People Management and Business Development. Get weekly access to his blog & training videos FREE by subscribing HERE! and when you sign up you will get Instant Access to his Sales Skills Training Video.