Are you tired of working from 7a.m. to 7 p.m? Do you feel like you’ve lost your passion for the work you do?

If so, you’re not alone. In fact, many recent surveys of business leaders examined this very issue and why they consider exiting. It’s also considered on the exit readiness quiz that Recalibrate Strategies uses to check on a leader’s outlook.

So, maybe you are tired and have lost your passion. Now what?


First of all, give yourself permission to consider your options. Sometimes, we get so immersed in the daily grind, we forget to do that.

Second, consider these two examples of business leaders and how they changed their focus.

  • A small business owner that’s a service provider was exhausted from the daily grind and didn’t view the profitability of the company in a positive way. The business owner had specific personal financial goals to meet, so continuing in business was key. After taking inventory, the business owner found new enthusiasm around changing the business model from delivering data to a highly consultative approach. With a big, first win with a client, the passion came back with a strategic direction that’s exciting.
  • A successful lawyer had transitioned through yet another merger and was ready to call it quits rather than start the business development process all over again. With a strong background helping non-profits, a decision was made to pursue opportunities to lead a non-profit agency. A smaller non-profit position came up, and the opportunity to serve was clear. Today, the business leader and the non-profit consider it a win-win.

If you are feeling burned out, then perhaps it’s high time you take some time for yourself and rediscover how you want to recalibrate.

Try following these few simple steps—things you would do for your business’ brand that should also be done for yourself:

  • Give yourself permission to think of yourself.
  • Ask your friends and peers to weigh in on how you might leverage your strengths.
  • Let your circle of influence know you are exploring and what your interests might be.
  • Be open to possibilities.
  • Recalibrate and adjust your sights as you learn about the possibilities.

You’ll be amazed at how rejuvenated you feel. It may give you renewed energy to keep doing what you’re doing. Or, it may give you the courage to discover new territory.

So, what are you waiting for? Is something holding you back? Feel free to share in the comments!

Susan K Spaulding is an Author, Facilitator, Researcher, Strategist, Consultant, and Coach.

I work with businesses and leaders to take inventory, uncover the possibilities and navigate a path forward. Storytelling is fundamental to learning, teaching, connecting and inspiring.
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