Enthusiasm does, indeed, give you power, and it can change your life. But what exactly is it? It can be described in many ways. It is the passion you feel when you are doing something you really enjoy. It is the energy that is generated as you pursue a goal. It is love: love for people, love for what you do, love for nature and life itself. It’s the thing that brings joy into your life and gives it meaning. It’s what helps you succeed. Indeed, without it, your chances of real success are limited. But strangely, few people have it — even though it’s there for everyone.
So many people are frustrated by their lack of advancement in their job, or their inability to get a good job, or by their dull, routine life. They feel they are a failure. But as Norman Vincent Peale says, ” A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm… So many people are not really living; so many are failing at life. And the reason is lack of enthusiasm.” Peale also points out that you can deliberately make yourself enthusiastic if you set your mind to it. And if you do, it can make a big difference in your life.
Some of the Benefits of Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm has many benefit, so many, in fact, it would be almost impossible to list them all. A few of the more important ones are listed below.
- It helps you overcome the problems and difficulties in your life. It eases the way through the rough patches.
- It revitalizes you — gives you more energy and makes you feel good.
- It gives you an advantage in your work, or in whatever you are doing. If you are enthusiastic about what you are doing, you will do a better job of it.
- It is contagious. As your enthusiasm for one thing grows, it will spread to your other activities. It is also spread from person to person.
- It gives you self-confidence. You will feel better about yourself and your abilities.
But what makes a person enthusiastic? Let’s look at this.
Characteristics of an Enthusiastic Person
There’s no doubt that enthusiastic people are different. Think of the people you know. Some of them are no doubt grumpy and negative much of the time, but I’m sure you can think of a few that are smiling, happy and enthusiastic much of the time. They are, indeed, the type of people you like to be around. Their optimism and joy makes you feel good. Let’s look at some of their characteristics.
- He (or she) has a passion for what he does. Indeed, he appears to possess a force that guides him through the day.
- He is smiling and appears happy most of the time.
- He is self-confident and doesn’t spend a lot of time worrying. He doesn’t see problems as roadblocks, he sees them as challenges. And he is sure nothing will stop him from achieving his goals.
- He is highly dedicated. He is not a quitter; when he starts a project he finishes it. And he knows where he is going.
- He lives one day at a time, but plans for the future
- At the same time, however, he leads a full life, and enjoys every minute of it.
But why is enthusiasm so important? Do you really need it to succeed? Indeed, you do. There are, of course, many reason for it’s importance. A few of them are:
- It makes life more complete, and more enjoyable. Enthusiastic people are rarely bored; they’re always busy and looking forward to their next project. And they love to try new things.
- Enthusiastic people get things done — usually much faster and better.
- Enthusiastic people are usually good communicators. Their body language and tone of voice is uplifting; it shows their enthusiasm. And as a result people are attracted to them and enjoy being with them.
So, if enthusiasm is so important, how do we take advantage of it? The following gives some helpful suggestions.
How to Become an Enthusiastic Person
- One of the most important things to remember is: “To be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.” This may sound a little strange, but it can be of tremendous help. It’s the same as the old advice: “Do it, and you’ll be it.” In other words. do it, or act it, and you’ll have the power that it generates. At times you may not feel very enthusiastic, but force yourself to act enthusiastic. You’ll find that it works.
- Goals are important; they drive enthusiasm. If you have a goal and work towards it, enthusiasm will follow. Let your mind go with anticipation; think about the rewards and the feeling of accomplishment when you achieve your goal. Let the anticipation build. and when you finally achieve the goal go on to another one.
- Concentrate on things you like. Things you like to do always make you enthusiastic. Think about what you like to do most, and spend as much time doing it as possible. If there is more than one thing do all of them.
- Don’t let negativity quell your enthusiasm. Negative thoughts such as worries about whether or not you will succeed destroy enthusiasm. Don’t let them sidetrack you; get rid of them as quickly as possible. Think positively and forge ahead. In particular, don’t let negative people influence you.
- Keep your energy up. It takes energy to be enthusiastic, but at the same time enthusiasm generates energy. So eat well, sleep well, exercise and drink enough water.
- If your job or the project you are working on doesn’t seem to make you enthusiastic, look for positive things in it, and concentrate on them. Try to build on them. Learning more about your job or project is also helpful and can increase your enthusiasm.
- Take inspiration from children. Children are naturally enthusiastic. So many things are new to them, and in most cases they haven’t experienced the problems and setbacks that adult have, so they have a natural optimism.
- Feel enthusiasm in your heart. Enthusiasm starts in the brain when you think about something you like to do and start doing it. But it builds best when you begin feeling it in your heart — in other words, when you begin to feel a love for it.
- Remember that enthusiastic people are not quitters. Too many people quit when the going gets tough. Enthusiastic people use their enthusiasm to get them through the rough stretches.
- Relax, have fun, and enjoy yourself.