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Benefits of Enthusiasm and Passion
1. Do you wish to be a leader? The key to
charisma, persuasion, and influence is enthusiasm and passion!
2. Knowhow and talent offer little help when
unaccompanied by enthusiasm. But passion transforms ordinary people into
extraordinary ones. Every great deed was brought about by enthusiasm.
3. Enthusiasm makes life more pleasant, for as
the Roman poet Virgil wrote, “Let us go singing as far as we go; the road will
be less tedious.”
4. Enthusiasm and a positive attitude are of far
greater importance to success than education, experience, and talent.
5. Enthusiasm more than makes up for our
shortcomings, for as Charles A. Cerami expressed it, “Most great men and women
are not perfectly rounded in their personalities, but are instead people whose
one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant.”
6. Enthusiastic people are truly alive and
1. We have a natural yearning for excitement,
but if we don’t channel that desire properly, we may seek it in all the wrong
places, such as drugs. Are you searching for happiness? Don’t waste your time.
Rather, search for something good to be enthusiastic about, and happiness will
2. Dare to dream big. It is hard to whip up
enthusiasm and passion for small or trivial projects. Big, yet achievable,
goals will provide a life purpose.
3. Once you are enthusiastic, don’t assume you will
automatically remain that way. All emotions are subject to change, unless you
regularly cultivate them. To maintain the fire of enthusiasm you must feed it
with new hopes, actions, effort, and vision. Edward B. Butler put it this way,
“One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man
who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.”
4. Tune into your dream. Wrap up yourself in it.
You have to experience it in your mind before you experience it in life. What
does it smell, sound, taste, and look like? Feel it.
5. Beware of a common mistake; do not wait until
you feel enthusiastic, inspired, or feel good before you begin important tasks.
Act first and good feelings and enthusiasm will follow. The English music
critic and musicologist, Ernest Newman put it this way, “The great composer
does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is
working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down
day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant
settles down each day to his figures. They didn’t waste time waiting for
Remember, “You can’t sweep other people off their feet, if you can’t be swept
off your own.” (-Clarence
7. “None are so old as those who have outlived
8. Direct your enthusiasm on worthwhile
projects. For example, Tom, is enthusiastic about his education and studies
hard while Larry is enthusiastic about computer games and whiles away his time
Tips on Cultivating Enthusiasm
1. What about your job? You won’t be
enthusiastic about it unless you love what you do. If you were unable to find a
job that you are passionate about, make the best of the situation. Look for the
good and the potential of your present job. Also, make a plan and take action
that will lead you to the job of your dreams. It may be a long struggle before
you get there, but like climbing Mount Everest, you will find the journey
2. Don’t waste time by hanging out with negative
people. Stick with a circle of enthusiastic and optimistic friends.
3. We live in the largest room in the world. The
room for improvement! The fact that we can improve ourselves is exciting. A
sure way to inject some enthusiasm into your life is to take some adult
education courses, read some good books, learn the martial arts, how to dance,
or anything else. Embrace life and light the torch of others with your own
4. Another helpful act is to keep a Gratitude
Journal. Keep a diary or journal, and at the end of each day list at least five
things that you are grateful for. This will help you focus on the positive and
appreciate life. When done every day, Gratitude Journals can transform lives.
5. Did you ever enjoy a good movie? Isn’t it
true that once the lights dim and the movie begins you quickly become immersed
in it and grow interested in the unfolding plot? The next time you go to work,
tell yourself you are in a movie theater and you will immerse yourself in a remarkable
movie called My Life. Carefully watch how the plot progresses; focus on all the
twists and turns. In other words, remain present, stay aware, and enjoy each
challenge and opportunity that comes your way. Don’t be like some others who
allow their minds to drift and wander, missing their own life story. How can
you be enthusiastic about something you’re not paying attention to?
6. Our mind (thoughts), body, and emotions form
an integrated triad. A change in one changes the other two. You can use this knowledge
to bring about instant change. For example, let’s say you are at the office and
are supposed to start working on an important project, but you lack enthusiasm
and can’t seem to get started. Well, stop wasting time. Get up from your chair
and mentally recall a time when you were very enthusiastic. How were you
standing? Were your shoulders erect or sloping? Were you standing straight or
slouched? What was your breathing pattern like? What was the expression on your
face? What kind of thoughts flooded your mind?
When you feel enthusiastic, your emotions cause your thoughts and
physiological stance. So, if you now change your thoughts, your emotions and
physiology will also change. Likewise, if you change your physiology (posture,
breathing, gestures), your feelings (emotions) and thoughts will change. So,
force yourself to stand, breathe, and act the way you did when you were
enthusiastic, and your physiology will change your thoughts and feelings,
allowing you to return to work and get the job done!
7. Long before the advent of NLP, William James was
teaching a variation of the “Physiology of Success” technique, which is often
called the ACT AS IF method. In his own words, “If you want a quality,
act as if you already had it.” So, if you want to be courageous or
enthusiastic, act as if you already are. When you do so, you will discover I
don’t act this way because I’m enthusiastic; I’m enthusiastic because I act
this way. William James explains it this way, “Action seems to follow feeling,
but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which
is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the
feeling, which is not.”
8. Recapture the curiosity, exuberance, optimism
and laughter of youth. Never grow up. Stay young at heart. After all, people
don’t lose their enthusiasm because they grow old. Rather, they grow old
because they lose their enthusiasm.
Finally, let’s remember the words of H.W. Arnold, “The
worst bankrupt is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose
everything in the world but his enthusiasm and will come through again to
Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older
with Enthusiasm by Dr. Ron Kaiser
of Joy and Enthusiasm by Norman Vincent Peale
Makes the Difference by Norman Vincent Peale
The Trance of Scarcity: Stop Holding Your
Breath and Start Living Your Life by Victoria Castle
Exuberance: The Passion for Life by Kay Redfield
Living Like You Mean It: Use the Wisdom and
Power of Your Emotions to Get the Life You Really Want by Frederick PhD,
Melendrez: Intentional Enthusiasm: How to accelerate personal
Ward: How to Have Energy and Enthusiasm All the Time!
Mukundananda: The Power of Inspiration and Enthusiasm
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