How Can You Find Fulfillment Outside of a Failing Business? Part 1/4

mental health Apr 07, 2019

The theme for this month is fulfillment. I’ll cover this topic over a series of four blog posts. We will explore the impact of fulfillment on our lives and how it relates to business. The first post will talk about how fulfillment can be rooted in the passion of running your business. But what happens if or when that’s all taken away from you? The second post will discuss some of the other ways you can bring fulfillment into your life. In part three, I’ll identify other areas that may bring you more fulfillment. And finally, part four will talk about how to feel fulfilled by creating more space or openness in your day.

Fulfillment ties into one of the topics in my book, Healthy By Choice. In the chapter on mental health, I talk about the 5p’s that are critical to good mental health. They are people, pleasure, purpose, pauses and positive self-talk. Those five factors apply to every single person. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman. If you’re in your 20’s or 90’s. Whether you’re an employee or a business owner. We all need to mind our p’s!

Recently, I’ve seen several articles about small businesses shutting down. (I’ll link this back to fulfillment- stay with me!) Living in a city that has historically been oil and gas-dependent, I’ve grown up through several boom/bust cycles. These cycles of surplus and loss aren’t new to me. Applying that same cycle to being a business owner, however, is a newer experience for me.

We’re still hearing about larger companies that have made layoffs or are just barely staying afloat. Or companies used to be profitable and are now closing because of a change in the economic climate.

If this is what’s happening to the “big guys” then how are us “little guys” supposed to make it work, right? It’s not all doom and gloom. There are many businesses that are doing well. It’s important to not ignore the fact that there are still many businesses that are struggling. This is why it’s so important to focus on fulfillment outside of our business. Our sense of purpose ties into the concept of fulfillment.

You started your business because of a passion or a burning desire to make a change. You wanted to create an impact or to do good things. Having a business has given you an incredible purpose. Which is AMAZING. Not everyone is able to find something that they are passionate about. Something that they want to put endless hours into. That’s on the top of their mind first thing in the morning and before they go to bed (in a good way). Having a sense of purpose will fuel you and give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

But what if your reason for existing suddenly shifts or gets taken away from you?

Many studies show that less than 50% of businesses are successful beyond five years. In 10 years, it’s even lower than a 25% success rate, depending on which source you look at. Those numbers are even lower if you’re a woman. Wowzers! As business owners, we’ve got the cards stacked against us. 

With those odds, it’s easy to be rational that a failure in your business is likely not a reflection on you. It’s important to ensure that you’ve got a backup plan for your mental health. You want to have more resilience, in case your business joins that statistic.

It’s important to get fulfillment from other areas of your life so that your whole identity isn’t wrapped up in your own business. You are more than your business. It’s just hard to realize that when every waking hour is devoted to pursuing your passion.

What other areas of your life bring you fulfillment? 

In the next post, we’ll explore ways to find a sense of purpose outside of your business.

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