You look at the clock and feel that feeling. It’s time to get down to business!

Your mind goes into an automatic mode about what needs to be handled. Your body responds back with an edge of tenseness or feeling like you already ran a marathon.

You’ve lost that loving feeling. And now it’s gone, gone, gone.

Okay, so this may not be exactly how you feel, but it is time to check in with yourself.

Do you remember the moment you decided to kick off your business or focus on this new niche?

What got you through the start-up phase?

You were focused on the end outcome.

You chose the field that most interested you. You thought there would be great purpose, passion, and freedom from your business.

You also thought it’d create a freedom lifestyle.

If all the fun has disappeared from your business and you’re feeling like it’s a daily grind, you’re not alone.

The pressure of getting more done, rising medical costs, red tape, and being surrounded by other people who are not having fun will take its toll… fast.

What are the signs of the fun factor disappearing?

  1. You have a low tolerance for mistakes… from yourself and others.
  2. You don’t want to talk about work once you leave it.
  3. Your heart is not in it. You’re just going through the motions.
  4. You feel like you’re surviving, not thriving.
  5. You’re dragging. Your energy level is never quite buzzing.
  6. You feel like a taskmaster rather than engaging in what you used to consider exciting. Your vibe is heavy.
  7. You feel and possibly look like you’ve aged a decade in the last 3 years!

Look, if you’re not truly enjoying your work at least 90% of the time, you need to do something about it. Yes, everyone can tolerate the stress for a while.

But at some point, you have to decide to stop this boat, get back in the flow, and head downstream with some simple steps.

  1. Recognize that there is a better way to feel, and you always have a choice.
  2. Be intentional each morning about what you want to experience and how you want to feel.
  3. Take responsibility for creating a fulfilling business. It’s not anybody else’s problem.
  4. Change your perspective and change your life. How can you create opportunities for change in one or more areas where you feel like you’re stuck?
  5. Let go of any resentment. Even if you’re right about whatever is eating you, let it go. Resentment is an instant fun and flow killer.
  6. Make decisions. If you don’t decide that something will change, it won’t. Next, take action on each decision.
  7. Take a stand for what will feel best to you. Be selfish! Will you ruffle some feathers? Maybe. And, so what?! Nobody will ever look out for what is truly in your best interest except you.
  8. Baby steps. If you stop tolerating or fix one small thing that’s cramping your style, you create more flow. It’s amazing what will happen as a result of one important conversation.
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