Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that, “enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your mind. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm.” In my opinion, he was and still is, so right on about being enthusiastic.
The most important thing we need to stay enthusiastic about is our life. Knowing what your long and short term goals are and then moving towards them is a good way to stay enthused. One of the best ways to keep these goals in the forefront of your mind is to frame your goals into a mission statement. This statement should include topics of importance to you such as wealth, family, spirituality, a car, a house, a job, etc. Focusing on these goals and not paying unnecessary attention to peripheral ideas, will keep your mind from becoming cluttered with thoughts that might cause you to worry or even create fear. Fear and worry are enthusiasm killers.
Another way to stay enthusiastic is to be grateful for all things. An attitude of gratitude leaves no room for negative thinking which can also kill enthusiasm. By keeping a daily log of the things you are grateful for, you will automatically create enthusiasm for life. As you write each statement down you will feel your enthusiasm building. Your enthusiasm in turn will become a catalyst for others to feel good. Think of it as a way of paying it forward. How easy is that?
Along with gratefulness and a life mission statement, it is important to forgive as unforgiveness can also be a detriment to enthusiasm. When you are constantly perseverating over the wrongs done to you then you don’t have time to think about all the good things going for you.You will lose track of your goals and could even deviate from them altogether. Lest we forget; unforgiveness isn’t good for you. It can make you sick, emotionally and/or physically and it is hard to be enthusiastic when you don’t feel well.
Another fun way to stay enthusiastic is to create a vision board. Mine takes up one whole wall in my office where I have a combination of both images and sayings. Every time I look up from my computer I see my future already planned out. It is a constant reminder of what I want for myself and I work daily towards those goals.
These four activities are a sampling of things you can do to remain enthusiastic about life, yet they aren’t the only ones. Once you have embraced the need to stay enthused about your goals, you will figure out what you need to do in order to keep the momentum going, My list should be used as kick start to forming your own.
Good Luck in all your endeavors. May the Enthusiasm be with you.
Peace, love and Joy,