Are You Passionate or Obsessed With Your Business?

Oh to be a business owner. You’ve taken what was once a dream and created a reality. You are driven to do your best. You are your business’s biggest cheerleader and you are determined to do whatever you need to do to make your business a success. That deep connection and motivation you have to your business is great but if you take it to an extreme it can become an obsession.

“Woo, wait a minute.” You say. “I’m not obsessed with my business; I just want it to do well.” If you let your passion cloud your judgment when it comes to doing what’s best for your business you may have crossed over to obsession.

Here are some signs you may be obsessed with your business:

thinkingYou Constantly Think About Your Business

You are constantly checking your email, especially first thing in the morning or just before you go to bed. You bring home work with you and stay up late working on it. Completing a work task takes priority over anything.

You Do Everything Yourself

It’s one thing that you were doing everything when your business started. You have all the ideas and are trying to put them all in action. The obsessive part comes when you have grown your business into a successful one but still won’t delegate the tasks that others can be doing.

You Fail to Adapt

You refuse to learn from mistakes that might have been made. You become stubborn to change the way you are doing something because you are so strong willed that you don’t believe there is another way to get it done.

You Define Yourself by Your Business

You are so caught up in doing everything for your business. Its success or failure dictates who you are. 

You Run Your Business for the Wrong Reasonsthinking man

You don’t have long term goals or objectives for your business. Making money trumps anything else in your business.

If any of the above signs ring true to you there is still a chance for you to pull back from the obsession and turn it around into passion.  The first thing you need to look at is the real reason you chose to start your business in the first place. If that choice was to get some more time back in your life to do what you love, start doing it. Don’t give yourself the excuse that you don’t have the time. If that’s your excuse start delegating more tasks to others. Another thing that you can do is set work hours and commit to them. If you have to being working from home give yourself a set time to have the tasks done by. When it comes down to it do your best to unplug from work and start enjoying your family, friends, hobbies, etc. When you honor yourself by allowing this to happen you will see that your passion in all things will grow.

Get in on the discussion: Are you obsessed in all things regarding business or have you been able to find a happy balance where your passion shows for everything you’re doing? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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Barbara Goldberg

Business Operations Strategist at Back On Track Solutions
With over 15 years of corporate experience within Fortune 500 companies, Barbara Goldberg now brings world-class customer service to the small business community. An avid sports fan, Barbara likens her passion, focus and strategy to a crew chief guiding a race car driver to the finish line. Barbara will analyze, evaluate, distill and then solve the problems challenging business owners, allowing them to get back on track to servicing customers.

With over 15 years of corporate experience within Fortune 500 companies, Barbara Goldberg now brings world-class customer service to the small business community. An avid sports fan, Barbara likens her passion, focus and strategy to a crew chief guiding a race car driver to the finish line. Barbara will analyze, evaluate, distill and then solve the problems challenging business owners, allowing them to get back on track to servicing customers.

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