“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Enthusiasm is the force within me that drives me to do deeds great and small. When that force is high, I can achieve nearly anything, when it is low, I am only barely getting by.
I have written here about enthusiasm in the past. Back in February I mentioned putting 10X stickers around my desk at work as a reminder to be 10 times more enthusiastic. Some of the stickers have fallen off, but there are two that still remain. One is on the lower-left corner of my main screen, and the other is at the top left of my laptop keyboard.
When I first put those stickers up, some in my office questioned what they meant. When I explained, with enthusiasm, that they were there to stoke my inner flames, some reacted with a smile, others a bit suspiciously. I think that anytime someone announces that they are going to be more enthusiastic, there are a number of people who will wonder what is up. People are wary of overly overt enthusiasm, perhaps seeing it as fake or even manipulative.
The truth is that sometimes I do have to fake my enthusiasm. Not because I am trying to deceive someone else, or trying to manipulate a person or situation. I sometimes have to fake it in order to fan the flames within me. Soon, though, the flames are burning and my natural enthusiasm is kicking in.
I am about to go on vacation. Today is my get away day. When I get back, there is a particularly thorny issue that my project team has to deal with. It will take us about 2 to 3 months to resolve this issue, but the resolution will set us up for success for the next two years in a key aspect of the project. On Friday afternoon, I volunteered to spearhead the effort to resolve the issue. Today I am going to be fleshing out a plan of attack, and giving some assignments to my team members to do some data gathering while I am gone. I know going into this effort that one key to success will be my enthusiasm about solving the issue. If I take it on with gusto, if I wake each morning looking for the next steps, and pushing through obstacles, then we will find success. If I approach it lethargically or half-heartedly, then I will greatly reduce the chances of success.
I am keenly aware of the effect of enthusiasm on my life. When I started my weight loss journey back on March 1, I knew that if I approached it with enthusiasm I would succeed. There have been days since that the level of enthusiasm has ebbed, and I have had to kick it back up. It is sometimes hard to keep the momentum, but the reward is so great that I cannot do anything else.
Today marks the end of the first half of 2014. What projects and tasks are on my plate which need an additional dose of enthusiasm as I launch into the second half?
I love reading your posts. So inspiring and uplifting. I always leave thinking about how I can improve myself.
Thank you. I write those posts to help me be more reflective. Knowing that others find them helpful is a very pleasant bonus.
You’re right! Sometimes you need to fake it before you make it. Good luck on your project and enjoy your vacation away! It sounds like you are going to really need it!