Enthusiasm is beyond having a zest for life, it is a deliberate daily decision to see, experience and respond to life in a positive way, having an excited outlook towards life irrespective of experiences. Between you and anything significant you want to achieve are giants and obstacles, and enthusiasm is one of the ways to overcome these.
Identify Your Enthusiasm – The world belongs to the enthusiastic, ‘optimism is the faith that leads to action’, so identify your enthusiasm, identify what makes you excited and what makes you look forward to the day. Identifying what you love doing is the first step to achieving enthusiasm. As easy as this may sound, there are many people who when asked, they can’t tell you what they love doing and what makes them excited.
‘All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.’ – Charles Kingsley
So begin by taking out time and identify your hobbies and more importantly, what makes you enthusiastic about life, your enthusiasm gives birth to a positive energy and action.
Decide Your Enthusiasm – The next step after identifying your enthusiasm, is your decision. No one can be more enthusiastic about your life than you. Remember that enthusiasm is a deliberate decision, “no one can make you feel inferior without your permission” – Eleanor Roosevelt. Enthusiasm originates from your heart, it is deciding to meet life on your own terms, and when you do this, then you will have control over how you respond to situations around you. The ultimate decision lies with you.
“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.” -Paulo Coelho
Defend Your Enthusiasm – Some people who have mismanaged their lives are quick to find fault with yours and even quicker to give you their opinions on how you should live your life, so it is your responsibility to defend your enthusiasm. Don’t let a negative word spoil your whole day, do not let a negative comment keep you in the dumps and don’t let a bad experience change your whole attitude and state of mind. Our lives are lived from the inside out, when something happens to you, it stimulates one of two or more responses from you, whichever you chose is up to you. Don’t be too busy to live your life that you allow others shape your life for you, defend your territory, defend your enthusiasm.
Spread Your Enthusiasm – There are too many people who feel bad about their lives already without you joining in. Be the person who brings a smile to someone else. A word from you should lift someone’s spirit and brighten their persona. Enthusiasm is contagious so spread it around. People gravitate to warmth, love, joy, happiness and all these are a product of enthusiasm. “Enthusiasm is not the same as just being excited. One gets excited about going on a roller coaster. One becomes enthusiastic about creating and building a roller coaster.” Bo Bennett
So start today and affect someone else with your enthusiasm, it goes a very long way