Choose to be Enthusiastic!
I believe excitement ‘jumps’! If someone is excited, enthusiastic and passionate about something, they ‘infect’ those around them with the virus! Of course, some people are more susceptible to the enthusiasm virus.
Why choose to be someone, or hang around anyone, who dampens enthusiasm: a wet blanket who puts out the fire of life? Make a decision and choose to be enthusiastic about most things. Every task you do, do it with energy and vitality. Even if it is vacuuming the floor!
Do something to generate enthusiasm, if you don’t have it. Tell yourself great things about the importance of what you are doing; the contribution you are making; find some reason to recognize the significance of every minute of your life. Even if it’s only that you’ll never have that minute of your life again! Joy is in the minutes — find it!
Be enthusiastic about ideas and jobs and people, about their potential – it’s the most potent way to create an environment in which someone can be their best. Think about how we treat toddlers. When we want them to learn something, we are enthusiastic and we cheer and clap every time they take a step. We don’t begin a tirade of abuse over their stupidity. We encourage vigorously — my definition of enthusiasm! We laugh and our eyes sparkle.
How would a sports team perform at the grand final if everybody sat there and yawned? The cheering from the crowd inspires them to play their best. Being at a game or grand final is much more fun than watching it on TV because we get caught up in the enthusiasm of the crowd and it’s like electricity that sets us tingling. Enthusiasm is catching — it jumps from person to person.
Try waking up enthusiastic about life! Open your eyes and grin. Okay, fake it till you make it. Find something in your day to look forward to — even if it’s only your shower. Greet people enthusiastically – instead of a boring ‘hi, how are you’ in a flat voice. Imagine you are in a really great mood and use that tone of voice to ask people “what’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?”
When you have to complete a task that you have, up until now, found tedious, become enthusiastic about finishing it. You’ll be amazed at how much more quickly the time passes. If you’re the sort of person who is convinced that there is nothing in your life about which to be enthusiastic, find something about which you can become passionate. There is SO much for us to learn about — that in itself is exciting!
If you need to inspire people, whether as a manager or a parent, be enthusiastic. Nothing inspires people to achieve or do things or be different, than someone else’s encouragement and enthusiasm that they can make the change. Enthusiasm can be learned and it becomes a habit — just like pessimism and cynicism. Which quality would you prefer to have in your coach, mentor or leader? What sort of person would you rather live with?
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I was in a workshop about 15 years ago, and the organizers showed your videos. The information has stuck with me all these years and I practice many of the things that you recommend. My voicemail tells people, “Leave your name and number so I can call you back, and in the meantime, what’s the best thing that has happened to you today?” I have gotten so many people responding to the question or just saying it’s the best message they have ever heard. Thank you for your enthusiasm and clear messages. You truly are inspiring.