Building a business is often demanding, exhilarating, stressful and challenging. But what do you do when your business is established, the excitement has gone and you are left with more mundane day-to-day tasks?
Life coach, business mentor and Joy of Business facilitator, Gabrielle Vena maintains it’s important to act when the boredom sets in. “Boredom is simply feedback from your mind; it’s telling you that it’s time to adjust what you are doing”, Vena explains. “If you make yourself unhappy enough at something, you can eventually become aware that there’s a need for change”, she adds.
Interestingly, recent studies seem to agree that being bored can be a great precursor to being productive, with boredom actually increasing the ability to think creatively. The trick, says Vena, is to recognize when you’re bored and be fearless enough to make the necessary changes.
“I have changed career many times in my life, and it’s been because of my unwillingness to remain bored or disenchanted. The concept is the same in successful business. Your business should be congruent with what excites you; there should be something in your business that is new, creative and juicy that you have a natural enthusiasm for.”
Vena shares some critical signs to watch for that will tell you, as a business owner, it’s time to get out of the rut and start making some creative changes:
- Heaviness and dread: Severe procrastination, a sense of heaviness and feelings of dread when facing the day ahead. “It’s like having a Monday morning sense, but every day of the week”, Vena explains.
- Distraction: When you catch yourself daydreaming, scrolling through social media a lot, or focusing on things other than your business.
- Escapism: Spending time looking at holiday destinations, or spending excess time on hobbies “When you have a joy and sense of connection with your business, it can feel as fulfilling as any hobby or vacation”, Vena remarks.
- Avoidance: You constantly avoid tasks like completing the financials, or dealing customers and complaints. “When you have enthusiasm for what you do, there is a willingness to deal with your least favorite tasks because, overall, you are joyful in your endeavor”, Vena says.
- Anger, sadness/melancholy, emotional numbness: “These emotions are feedback that there is some ‘lie’ in our life that we are not acknowledging”, Vena explains. “We know something deep inside, but we are hiding that truth from ourselves.”
- Losing clients, losing money, a profitable business starts slowing down: An unexplained downturn in business can be due to psychological causes. “We are capable of unconsciously self-sabotaging our business through our actions and decisions”, warns Vena. “If this is happening, it could be you are trying to bring your awareness to the reality that you don’t actually want to do this anymore.”
Vena encourages business owners to be comfortable making unexpected or unusual changes to their business, if it feels right. “There’s such an expectation these days that if you start something, you are going to stick with it forever. But what if that’s not true for you and your business? It’s ok to not finish what you started, it’s ok to not do something permanently, if those things no longer excite you.”
She also advises that change doesn’t have to be big, to be effective. “When making creative changes, you don’t have to throw the baby out with the bathwater – there might be something small that needs to be added or removed. A tweak. But it’s equally ok if you jump tracks entirely”, Vena says.
“And remember, the change you make might not be the one change that fixes everything. Have a commitment to you and your business. If you have a sense that you’re in the right vein but it’s not quite right, have the courage to ask questions and be willing to ‘play’ with your business to find what feels best”, she adds.
Gabrielle Vena is a life coach and business mentor with a background in counselling psychology and psychotherapy. She is a certified facilitator of several Access Consciousness® special programs, including Being You and Joy of Business and is a certified practitioner in Reiki and Integrative Energy Therapy. She studied Psychology at UCLA and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Ryokan College. A passionate advocate for self-discovery, Gabrielle draws upon 20 years of counselling, coaching and teaching experience to facilitate classes and individual sessions, empowering her clients to become a powerhouse for change in their businesses, relationships and lives. www.gabriellevena.com