How many times have you said to yourself, "If I can just make it through this day!" Or how often do you find yourself speaking to a customer but your mind is somewhere else?
Is this the same mindset you had when you first opened your flower shop?
Think back to the days when you woke up with motivation, ready to tackle the day. Rekindle that energy and love working in your flower shop again with these helpful tips!
Where has the passion gone?
Donna Every, founder of Arise Consulting, says, “Remember your first love. Your passion or first love is the fuel that will keep your entrepreneurial fire burning. If you lose sight of your passion, the reason you’re doing this in the first place (whatever ‘this’ is for you), your entrepreneurial spirit will begin to die.”
Here are some tips to help you regain the energy and passion you once had. When you are passionate about your business, it becomes infectious. It shows in your conversations, work ethic, and attitude.
Remember the “why”
Why did you want to become a florist and open your own flower shop? What motivated you? How did you feel when you designed your first flower arrangements?
Take a moment to think about what motivated you to be a florist in the first place. Maybe your parents owned the flower shop and you are carrying on the family business. Maybe you started in the floral industry because you have a desire to touch lives and lift spirits. You started your business for a reason, and usually that reason is what will motivate you to keep working hard.
Some days though when the phone is constantly ringing, your employee called in sick, and your van has a flat tire, it’s easy to lose sight of why you are working so hard. In these tough moments, remember the tears of joy on your clients faces, and why you love what you do.
Entrepreneur Simon Sinek states that "people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”
Kill the problems
What is causing you to be frustrated and lose your passion? What happens during the day that changes your attitude towards your business? Find these problems and address them. Think about delegating these tasks to other employees. You may get a headache every time you think about cleaning and organizing the back room, but you might have an employee that loves to organize. Start killing the problems that try to steal your passion.
Get away from Negative Nancy's
We all know people that have a pessimistic outlook on the world. This type of person always sees the faults before they see any positives. You don’t need this type of person in your business, especially a flower shop! If you have an employee that acts this way, consider hiring someone else. If you have a friend who is a negative nancy, then only speak with him or her about non-business related topics. Create distance between yourself and people that do not encourage you and push you towards your dreams.
"One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” — E. M. Forster