“I can respect the challenges because I know I am going the distance with my calling.”
– Danielle La Porte
Valentines Day is just around the corner – again. How did that happen? And as usual, my newsfeeds are beginning to fill up with hearts, roses and cringe worthy flash mob marriage proposals All this sappy talk reminded me of a video Marie Forleo released last year around the same time: “How to Fall in Love with Your Business.”
In the episode, she talks about how to reignite the heat between you and your business and why it is so important to maintain this fire in your relationship just like you would with the people in your life.
This love that we need to have for our businesses needs to filter down into all the nooks and crannies. From that high, we get when we close a deal to those aha moment ideas and even the problems.
Yip. I fully believe that if you cannot love the challenges of your business – you need to pack your bags and leave. Harsh, I know, but here is why this love for problem-solving is so vital to succeeding and achieving your business goals.
Why You Need To Love The Problems In Your Business
“I can respect the challenges because I know I am going the distance with my calling.” – Danielle La Porte
There are probably a million thoughts going through your head right now. I’m sure one of them is that: “This woman is crazy. Who enjoys problems? Who loves those moments when you want to pull your hair out in frustration trying to figure something out?”
People who are madly in love with their passion. That’s who. If you look forward to whatever battles you have to fight to achieve your goals, solutions will appear. You won’t give up. You believe in your business. You want to see it grow and you will keep trying because the hard work will be worth it in the end – even if it means a couple of bald patches.
Three Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Business
So if you are deciding to start a new business this year, of if you are already deep down in the trenches ask yourself these three questions:
- Do you or can you love the problems that come with your industry?
- Can you love the challenges that will inevitably come with the goals you have set?
- Are you happy to jump through an infinite number the hoops to get what you want?
If you can’t answer yes to any of those questions, it’s time to take a step back and reassess your business. Look at the reasons that you started your business and be honest with yourself. Take a moment for self-reflection and mindfulness and ask yourself three more questions:
- Do your reasons match with your business goals?
- Are you in this fight for reasons other than fulfilling your passion?
- What would need to change for you to fall in love with your business?
Practice Mindfulness To Keep The Love in Your Business Alive
Practising mindfulness in your business is a fantastic way to learn how to cope and adapt to stressful situations. But what is it?
According to Dr. Kabat-Zinn, a mindfulness professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, mindfulness is: “Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, the the present moment and nonjudgmentally.”
It is essentially taking a few minutes to sit quietly, reflect, disconnect and focus on your breathing. This practice of daily meditation has surprising benefits for entrepreneurs, and it can help you keep that love for your business alive.
A part of our brains that are affected by meditation is the hippocampus. It is the part of the brain associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection. According to a study by Harvard, this section of the brain showed significant increases in grey matter density among people who participated in a mindfulness program.
Meditation improves our ability to self-regulate and learn from past experiences. By taking the time to look inwardly, you can develop your problem-solving skills to respond to any change in the business environment. And by improving this skill, you are instantly in a better position to tackle any hiccups with hopefully less hair pulling.
While we need to love the problems associated with our business, we also need to equip ourselves with the tools to help us cope when issues arise. We need our passion and mindfulness to push past the challenges and turn our vision into a bonafide hot startup reality.
SO DO YOU PRACTISE MINDFULNESS? DO YOU HAVE A MEDITATION RITUAL YOU FOLLOW? SHARE BELOW WITH ME IN THE COMMENTS.