I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
-- Winston Churchill

 

   

The MONTHLY Motivator - July 2010

Enthusiasm

What’s the difference between someone who feels old and tired and someone who feels young and energetic? Well, physical age plays some role, but it’s not the most important thing. After all, there are people in their 80s and 90s who skydive and run long distances on a regular basis, and there are people in their 20s who sit around being bored and depressed. There’s some factor that’s much more influential than age or physical condition, and that factor is enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm makes life more vibrant, more alive, more fulfilling. Enthusiasm makes you more effective, more fun to be around, more persuasive, more open to the best possibilities, and more energetic. Enthusiasm makes the difference between an outstanding career and a mediocre one. It adds great quantities of positive energy to everything it touches.

Enthusiasm can win over even the most ardent skeptic. When you truly believe in what you are doing, it shows. And it pays. The winners in life are those who are excited about where they’re going. Sincere and persistent enthusiasm can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Whatever you’re truly enthusiastic about will become stronger and more valuable in your life. Enthusiasm is contagious. It inspires and motivates. It is filled with energy and always coming up with new ideas. It looks for ways to be more effective. Enthusiasm costs nothing, yet it can help to bring you just about anything. It can draw people to you and compel them to give their support. When you have it, you have a powerful force working in your favor.

So how do you gain access to that powerful force? How do you get yourself to be enthusiastic?


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—Ralph Marston