Last weeks post introduced the concept of fulfillment and how it can be deeply rooted for any business owner. This week, I’ll discuss some of the other ways you can bring fulfillment into your life.
One area that’s often overlooked, is the ability to set a reasonable perspective. After all, your business is your baby, right? You’ve raised it up from nothing. You’ve poured your heart and soul into it and you want it to flourish.
When you’ve invested that amount of emotional capital it’s hard to let it go. A business failure feels like an attack on your personal character. It’s important to understand that your lifeblood is not your business. Easier said than done, right?
Despite having the right skills or ability for the job, there could be many other factors at play. The business could have been launched during a bad economy. Or a competitor could have launched at a similar time. You may have a great business but it’s too early or too late in going to market. There are a ton of other reasons for a business not making it. Remind yourself not to take it personally.
To ensure that you have a sense of fulfillment, consider other areas of your life that can bring you a sense of purpose. What hobbies or other interests do you have? Do you actually do them? If you’re a business owner, there’s a good chance that it’s been a while since you’ve done something for yourself.
There’s a difference between having an interest and actively participating in activities around it. It’s important to make time for other interests or they may fade away. Plan ahead and schedule them into your day. Studies show that adherence to activity increases when you plan ahead and when you have someone to be accountable to. Who’s your accountability buddy? Who makes sure that you actually do it? If you don’t have someone to be accountable to, it’s time to find someone.
If you’ve realized that you don’t have any interests or hobbies, there’s still hope. Think back to when you were a child. What did you love doing? What held your attention for more than three seconds. Pull from those loves and passions. There’s a chance that they still give you fulfillment.
Anyone still at a loss for things that bring them fulfillment??? If you are, it’s time to brainstorm. Write down a list of at least 20 ideas on things that you think would be interesting to try. Pull from a variety of areas such as art, music, physical activity, or learning a new skill. Scroll through the activity guide at your local recreation facility and see what sparks interest. There are millions of different activities for you to try. Keep searching until you have a solid list. Then it’s time to get out there and try it. You don’t have to love it, you just have to try it. Over time you’ll find hobbies that start to spark passion.
Read on next week! In part three, I’ll identify other areas of your life that may bring you more fulfillment.
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