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Do You Love The Work You Perform In Your Business? – Business Times Column #90

by Marcus

Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

You have most likely have heard the saying, “Do what you love and the money will follow” or something very similar. While this is true for some, there are also successful and wealthy entrepreneurs who don’t love what they do. And there are those doing what they love, but not experiencing financial abundance.

Generally speaking, though, the more you love the work you do the greater the likelihood you’ll be financially successful and, perhaps most importantly, happy at the same time.

It’s been proven that when you love what you do, you have more energy, passion, focus and enthusiasm. In this case, work isn’t a burden. Rather, it’s a joyful activity in which you engage willingly. The quality of your work and your productivity are high, and you experience a great deal of internal satisfaction. You’re happier on a more consistent basis, and your positive attitude is infectious to your team members and customers. This happiness with your work also affects your personal life and those you share it with in very positive ways.

A powerful indicator of how much you love what you do is the level of resistance you have to engaging your work and the amount of relief you feel when your work is done. Postponing the unpleasant is a sign change is needed. The more you love what you do, the more you want to do it and the less you dread it. When you love your work, you typically don’t find relief in being done for the day. On the contrary, you’re eager to continue.

If this isn’t your reality, you’re merely surviving and not thriving no matter how much money you’re making. Since you have a choice, why would you engage in work that makes you unhappy just to make money, especially if you don’t have to? Each day of your life has value, and you can’t get your days back once they’ve passed. Be discerning about the work you choose to do, because this will allow you to generate the greatest return on your investment both personally and professionally.

If you’re one of those entrepreneurs who actually love what you do for a living, stay the course and enjoy your journey. If, however, you’re among the majority of business owners who don’t love the work they’re doing in their businesses, consider options to improve your situation.

To start, you might or might not have complete awareness of what you don’t love about your work. Getting an objective perspective from a qualified professional coach or consultant will allow you to fully understand your particular situation as well as create a strong action plan for improvement. With greater clarity, the choices become simple. But implementing the necessary changes could prove difficult without guidance and support.

Should you discover you dislike all aspects of your work, the best course of action could be to move from your current business into one you do like. If you truly believe this isn’t an option for you, then getting assistance will allow you to identify what you dislike the most and develop effective solutions to overcome these obstacles to your happiness and success.

On the other hand, if you believe there are only a few aspects of the work you do in your business you don’t love, your situation is more simple and can be enhanced with greater ease and in less time. Your first step is to become absolutely clear about the specific obstacles to your happiness and success. Your second step is to make empowering choices and take specific actions to liberate yourself from the drudgery you feel in the work you’re doing.

This will not only free you of work you dislike, it also will free you up to bring greater attention and focus to the work you love. Doing so will dramatically increase the amount of satisfaction you receive from your business, improve your overall productivity and that of the company and generate higher revenues.

Merely surviving, without passion for and happiness with what you do, is selling yourself short. What you choose to do with each day of your life is important. After all, you’re exchanging a day in your life for it. Position yourself to thrive not just financially, but in as many areas of your life as you can.

Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub owns Life is Great! Inc. in Grand Junction. His personalized coaching and consulting services help individuals, business owners, executives and companies build teams, organizations and lives that are filled with happiness and success. He is the winner of the 2011 International Coach of the Year Award, and is also the author of “Is It Fun Being You?.” He is available for free consultations regarding coaching, speaking and trainings. Reach Straub by phone at 208-3150, by e-mail at marcus@lifeisgreatcoaching.com or on the website at www.lifeisgreatcoaching.com.

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