Is a lack of enthusiasm keeping you from living the life of your dreams? Is it keeping you from earning the income you want to achieve? Don’t you wish there was an Enthusiasm store where you could pick up a fresh bottle whenever yours ran out?
What if there is? What if you had a way to create more enthusiasm in your life anytime you needed a fresh supply?
You are in luck.
The Basis for Enthusiasm.
Where does enthusiasm come from?
The dictionary defines Enthusiasm as:
A state of impassioned emotion; strong excitement of feeling on behalf of a cause or a subject. As in, he engaged in his profession with enthusiasm. To be inspired or possessed by God. Inspiration as if by a divine or superhuman power.
How can we create this enthusiasm within ourselves?
Where do you get it?
“Enthusiasm is built on the stepping stones of Positive Mental Attitude, Clearly Defined Goals, Faith, A love for what you are doing, and a Burning Desire to Help Others.”
~ Napoleon Hill
The First Stepping Stone: Positive Mental Attitude
“If you put your mind to work with a positive mental attitude and believe that success is your right, your belief will guide you unerringly toward whatever your definition of success might be. If you adopt a negative mental attitude and fill your mind with thoughts of fear and frustration, your mind will only draw those same things to you.” ~Napoleon Hill: Keys to Success
Our negative self-talk and thoughts shape our attitudes, and our attitudes shape our actions. The first place to look when our enthusiasm has taken a nose-dive is right in the mirror. Tune in carefully to what’s playing in your head. Is it full of complaints instead of solutions? Chock full of Cant’s instead of Hell Yes’s? Have you applied the mental brakes to every new option that has come your way? Are you beating yourself up for every infraction? Your bucket of enthusiasm has a hole in the bottom and needs plugging up fast! Start immediately to clean up the language of your mind for fast- acting enthusiastic results.
The Second Stepping Stone: Clearly defined Goals.
How clear is your goal? Without a clear direction of where you are heading your focus is diffused and your energy will not be highly-charged and felt by those around you. When goals are clearly defined, written and visualized, the first seeds of excitement start to build, and the room begins to feel your positive vibrations. People are attracted to those who are directed, confident and clear about their paths. People with clarity step easily into leadership and others choose willingly to follow with THEIR enthusiasm. And THAT is contagious!
The Third Stepping Stone: Faith
With Positive Mental attitude as a base, and a clearly written and visualized goal, the magic starts to take place. The air becomes electrically charged with enthusiasm and positive vibrations that have become contagious to everyone around. This is no time for doubts! Have Faith! Visualize your success, believe in your mission and understand that fear and doubt are a normal part of the ride, but they don’t have to drive the car. Put them in the trunk where they belong and keep on going! Read inspirational messages, create a mastermind, find a mentor or an upbeat friend to encourage you, but keep the faith!
The Fourth Stepping Stone: Love for what you do.
When you love what you do and the message that you share, enthusiasm naturally pours out of you and creates charisma. When built upon the other building blocks, it is the glue that holds it all together. It draws your audience to you and the light of love that is shining within you. People are attracted to that kind of energy. The majority of people want to work with someone who loves what they do. That kind of enthusiasm is rare and valuable. Examine yourself reflectively. Do you love what you do? If you don’t, it will be hard to maintain the kind of enthusiasm we are discussing here. What do you need to shift to begin to love what you do?
The Fifth Stepping Stone. Built on the Rock of helping others.
Zig Zigler is famous for the following quote. “You can get anything you want out of life if you are willing to help others get what they want.”
This is brilliant advice. Make it a cornerstone of your value system. When you begin each day with the words “Who can I bless today?” Or “How can I make a difference in someone’s life today?” Drastic changes start happening. If you build your fortune on the basis of this stepping stone of enthusiasm you will find yourself suddenly bursting at the seams with your desire to have a positive, focused, goal-oriented, exciting, loving, helpful relationship with the people in your life and I promise you….things are going to change!
The Language of Enthusiasm.
The words we use with others make a difference. The language of we, not I. Positive words and energy words. Use language that evokes emotion. Enthusiasm can’t be faked. Words without substance will ring false. There is nothing worse then fake enthusiasm. Meek and shy words that hide our talent and minimize our gift under the proverbial bushel not only drain our enthusiasm, but drain the people around us as well. Don’t be an Energy Vampire by choosing negative, diminishing words. Empower, encourage, and uplift those around you with your language and see what you do for yourself as well!
Enthusiasm must be controlled!!!!!!!!!! (Too much is NOT a good thing)
Dangers of uncontrolled Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm is energy and used properly it is wonderful, but like any energy source, it must be controlled or it can create a disaster. Here are two key tips to be sure your enthusiasm stays in check.
Be careful not to monopolize the conversation. The key to great service is listening to your clients needs. Remember your strongest desire is to help them. You can’t help them without listening to their needs. Don’t let your enthusiasm be an excuse to run on at the mouth and turn the conversation into an opportunity to make it all about you!
Don’t let your enthusiasm cloud your judgment. This one is especially dangerous for Entrepreneurs. It is easy to get caught up in the moment and over-promise what you can’t deliver. Make sure expectations are always reasonable and clearly defined. Closely related to this, is making sure your enthusiasm stays attached to your goals. Don’t get so carried away that you find yourself knocking your head against the wall when the adrenalin wears off and you find that you sold the kingdom for a dime. To protect yourself, make sure you have set clear boundaries that you will not cross before you ever venture out of the house and then stick to it. Be prepared to walk away and actually rehearse your exit line WITH enthusiasm and a smile!
Presenting yourself to the public is hard enough without the enthusiasm or excitement of loving what you do. When we feel drained, a dreaded trip to the dentist can seem more fun than marketing ourselves or selling our company. Enthusiasm isn’t only a bonus, it’s a necessity. Don’t assume it will be there when you need it. Make sure you always have a fresh supply around by stepping your way to enthusiasm.