"I get up every day excited about my company, my work, my customers, and what we are doing!"
Do you say this? How often? And: Is this how you really feel?
I confess, I say it almost all the time--but I mean it less often than I say it. There are times when I just get tired of being CEO. It's not often, but let's face it: Being CEO is a hard job. When it stays hard for a while, that's when I get tired.
The causes, I think, are common: I worry over suppliers, employees, customers, cash flow, regulation--and the fact that everything takes too *&^% long! These frustrations are pretty typical of most small and midsize companies. Even if you have a very small business with almost no staff, there are times when day-to-day concerns can wear you out.
What to Do
Here are a few ways to cope with occasional burnout.
I consider myself very fortunate: I say (and mean) the phrase, "I love my life, family, and business" almost all of the time. But like most CEOs, I go through occasional tough times--and I find this process helps me.
One Great Example
A few years ago I went through one of these tiring periods--to the point where I thought about closing up shop and doing something else.
When I went through where my best energy came from, however, the formula was really simple: The best parts of my job were in being with clients, speaking to prospects, and writing.
Over the course of three months, some peer-advisors helped me develop a plan that allowed me to spend more than 85% of my time doing those three things. We figured out how to eliminate, delegate or reduce everything else that was taking energy from me. And we set one important parameter: We had to maintain cash flow during the transition.
The plan worked--and now that is the business life I have.