Having Enthusiasm

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Having enthusiasm in performing any task gives you an abundance of energy. It is defined as: "intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval."

In any situation, you can easily tell the people who are enthusiastic about what they are doing. These people have a strong interest and are eager to pursue the task at hand. Harry Truman demonstrated this wisdom when he said, "I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm."

Motivates People
Showing enthusiasm also motivates others around you. People naturally want to be around people who are upbeat and have energy. Their positive attitude is felt by the people around them. No matter what the issue, they look for solutions and they are not easily defeated. They are the types of people who exhibit a true interest and are happy to be doing what they are doing. They have a passion; you can see their eyes light up when they discuss the topic.

When you look at children playing, you will see enthusiasm. They laugh, they engage, and they have a true interest in what they are doing. Children are great examples of demonstrating this feeling.

Words To Consider
An acronym for enthusiasm:

E   nergy
N   imble
T   enacious
H   appy
U   nbeatable
S   lf-confidence
I   nexhaustible
A   chievable
S   uccess
M   otivated

Find Success
Those who demonstrate enthusiasm are far more likely to succeed because of their attitude towards accomplishing the task at hand. Someone who lacks enthusiasm rarely succeeds and the primary reason is because of the attitude that they embrace. When they face a problem they are more likely to give up. The enthusiastic person will find ways around any setbacks and while they may fall down they are quick to stand up again.

Strong Belief
An enthusiastic person believes in what they are doing. They are excited and look forward to the day to achieve the task at hand. They have self-confidence in themselves and will find solutions to any challenges that come along. Walter Chrysler once said, "The real secret of success is enthusiasm. Yes, more than enthusiasm, I would say excitement. I like to see men get excited. When they get excited they make a success of their lives." The wisdom of his words still applies today.

In Your Work
We all have a choice, we can decide to be enthusiastic or we can just put in the day. If you are working at a job that you are not enthusiastic about, then find work that excites you. If you need to improve your skills to get a new or different type of job, then take courses and learn all you can. You will find your life is much happier if you are doing something that excites you rather than doing something that bores you.

Look around at the people you are working with. You can easily tell the ones who are only there to work for the money. They always seem to be dragging around; they truly just put in their time. When you come in they rarely say good morning with any sort of joy in their voice. Money will never replace happiness. Life is too short to work at something you do not have a passion for, something that does not excite you.

We all would prefer to work with the person who shows interest and is happy about the work they are doing. They are the ones who light up the room when they walk into a meeting. No matter what job you do, you can be enthusiastic about doing it - you can find that one thing that makes a difference in what you do. It may be helping people, it may be making a working environment better, it may be serving others. People can sense your lack of enthusiasm just as fast as they can sense your interest!

You do have a choice. No one can tell you to be hard hearted or to be gloomy or to be sour at the world or to be an instigator of doom and gloom finding everything and everybody around you falling short of meeting your negative thinking. Your choices, that is, your choices to be a purveyor of dissatisfaction do not simply affect you. Your choices affect every one that comes near you, who talks with you.

On the other hand, you can make another choice; a positive choice that sees opportunity in problems; that sees the good in challenging circumstances; that looks for opportunities to help others; and, that embraces good cheer amongst the constant ever changing world of strife and pain.

Did You Know
Did you know that having enthusiasm for what you are doing does not mean you won't face challenges or difficulties?

The fact of the matter is that you will definitely face challenges. And, another fact is that you are much better equipped, however, to deal with all challenges because you have made a choice. The choice you've made is comprised of all the elements that were previously listed as the underlying composition of 'enthusiasm'. This means that you have or possess all the tools, all the elements to move forward and beyond any challenge that comes your way.

Did you know that enthusiasm does not mean that everyone around you will embrace your attitude?

The sad truth is that just because you have an enthusiastic heart does not mean that those around you will naturally follow suit. Too bad it doesn't follow; the world would be a much better and enjoyable place. Did you know that you are a shining start amongst the darkness so prevalent in other people's lives?

And while you understand that not everyone else will be enthusiastic when faced with the everyday challenges of personal and work place issues, rest assured that those who experience your attitude, that is, living proof that enthusiasm does make a positive and significant contribution, you will give them hope. Did you know that your enthusiasm is contagious?

Did you know that your on-going demonstration of enthusiasm leaves a legacy greater than any monetary gift?

You may think that your continuous enthusiasm has no lasting effect but you would be wrong. Your enthusiasm leaves a lasting impression on every one of those around you. It serves to demonstrate that your positive attitude helps you to overcome obstacles; to meet problems not for what they represent but as an opportunity to see or work towards a solution; your on-going good cheer translates into a peace about life that does not spell doom but spells living.

How would you like to be remembered when you die? Would you rather be remembered as a person of great enthusiasm or a person who always saw the negative?

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Enthusiasm is contagious. Be a carrier." Susan Rabin

Whatever the task, find creative ways to motivate yourself, get up and do what needs to be done, and reward yourself for your efforts. No excuses!" Sadé Jasmín

"Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life." Tennessee Williams

"Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity." Bo Bennett

"We all have choices to make each and every day and it is these choices that create a life filled with either happiness or despair." Robert Rivers

"Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic." Dale Carnegie

"Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money, power and influence." Henry Chester

"Those who are fired with an enthusiastic idea and who allow it to take hold and dominate their thoughts find that new worlds open for them. As long as enthusiasm holds out, so will new opportunities." Norman Vincent Peale

"If you have ever felt such tremendous enthusiasm and desire for something that you would gladly spend all your waking hours working on it, that you would happily do without pay, then you have found your passion." Cook, Sharon and Sholander, Graciela


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