"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your mind. Put your whole soul to it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." - Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1803-1882, Essayist, Philosopher and Poet
If enthusiasm could be bought as an item from a store, do you think it will sell? And if it were, just how much would you be willing to pay for it?
I believe your response to me would be: “You must be kidding. It’ll be a sellout. The store might probably run out of stock, you’ll have to be put on a waiting list for a long time before you can get your order no matter the price.”
Just how important is enthusiasm in goal realization; in one’s life?
It is so important that it occupies one of the top slots in the list of elements needed for successful living. It is so important that it is one of the deciding factors to realize one’s goal. Could you imagine a successful athlete approaching the starting line at the Olympics with the look of "Why am I doing this... why am I here? not being enthusiastic about this rare lifetime opportunity and all the work it took to get there!
There is no doubt that everyone likes talking to enthusiastic people, I know I sure do! Unless a person likes to be in a gloomy state, which I doubt that person does. Enthusiastic people keep the conversation alive and upbeat. You feel like you are partying. And when you feel like partying, you’d wish the night will never end. Right?
It brings out the hyper character in us. It is like adding more wood to a bonfire making you feel like you want to roast marshmallows in it. Honestly, as I am writing this, I’m beginning to be more enthusiastic myself. I should create a video talking about this topic!
The point is, enthusiasm is contagious like a disease... oh yeah... and it's a disease we all want to catch:) This is one contagious disease that has a desirable effect. Matter of fact, it is the only disease everybody wants to contract. If there is a category in the Guinness Book of World Records of being the contagious disease most people would like to have with them, it is enthusiasm. Law enforcers would probably ban quarantine of this disease.
Now, just how do you get enthusiastic especially when your surroundings, the weather condition, and the general situation feels down and out? Good Question!
Here are some helpful tips I use to develop an enthusiastic outlook:
1. Adopt the “as if” principle. It is believed that this was first stated by Professor William James, at times known as the father of American Psychological Science. This is an effective time and people tested principle.
I would suggest at this point that you try to apply the “as if” principle with someone near or beside you to confirm its effectiveness. Think creatively friends.
Another similar principle is the “what if”. If you are in the business of developing products of specialized use, you are most likely exposed to a lot of experimentation. When you come up with an idea on a product you’d like to try even if the idea seems unconventional, would you try it? Would you be saying to yourself: “What if I try to…”
2. Adapt enthusiasm into the “practice makes perfect” principle. In other words, be enthusiastic on almost everything you do every day no matter how insignificant they are, no matter how small they are. All those small things when added up become big. This is the “as if” principle in small ways. I am serious... you should see me adding this principle into every area of my life... while cooking, writing, running... etc, etc!!!
3. As you wake up each morning, be enthusiastic about the things you are going to do that day. Bring enthusiasm to even the routinely morning chores like taking a shower, getting dressed, eating breakfast, taking the bus or driving your car (even in heavy traffic), in the office up to the time you reach home for dinner till you go to bed, enthusiastically looking forward to tomorrow. I am smiling now just thinking about all of my non morning people as you are reading this...:) Trust me practicing Enthusiasm will positively change your life and after a short while you won't have to practice it because it will just be a normal part of you!
So get totally enthusiastic today.... cause a scene with your contagious enthusiasm and try to infect everyone around you!!! Your in for an Awesome Weekend:)
Ciao My Friends,
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