If you ever want to see enthusiasm at its
most charismatic, watch TV infomercials. You know what I’m talking about
if you’ve written down an 800 number or reached for the phone, ready to
buy, yet had no need for the product being sold. Church services are
also a great place to experience enthusiasm. A good spiritual leader can
rouse even the most staid and stingy to contribute their time and money
to their mission. And when children are excited about anything, they
provide wonderful examples of enthusiasm.
1) Enthusiastic people RADIATE ENERGY. The #1
characteristic of enthusiastic people is their ability to radiate
positive energy. When these people walk into a room, heads turn
and people gather.
smile lights up a room. Also referred to as charisma, their power comes
from within. Famous Energizers: Mother Teresa, Julia Roberts, Bill
Clinton, Maya Angelou, Oprah.
3) Enthusiastic people FOCUS ON THE GOOD (even when things are bad). They emphasize what they can do rather than what they can't do. They look for the gift in difficulties and live life with gratitude. FAMOUS POSITIVE TALKERS: Mr. Rogers, Christopher Reeve, Louise Hay, Norman Vincent Peale.
4) Enthusiastic people FEEL DEEPLY AND LAUGH OFTEN. Laughter helps them keep things in perspective and just as they are open to joy, they also allow tears. They show compassion for life's difficulties and use humor to help themselves and others through tough times. FAMOUS COMPASSIONATE LAUGHERS: Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, Anne Lamott, Tom Hanks, Patch Adams
5) Enthusiastic people DO SOMETHING THEY LOVE every day, no matter how small. They are passionate about their work, hobbies, craft, or the sports they play and it shows. FAMOUS PASSIONATE PEOPLE: Julia Child, Suze Orman, SARK, Venus and Serena Williams, Lance Armstrong.
6) Enthusiastic people SERVE A GREATER PURPOSE than themselves. They have a desire to help others and build community. They are naturally drawn to share their enthusiasm with others. FAMOUS COMMUNITY BUILDERS: Oprah, The Dali Lama, Marianne Williamson, Cheryl Richardson, Nelson Mandala.
Out In The World and Act “As If”
How enthusiastic are you? Which characteristic is your strength? Which one would make the biggest difference in your life if you spent more time developing it? Here's a tip: Acknowledge yourself for the characteristics that reflect you to a high degree. Then choose one characteristic that isn't part of your personality or daily habit, and “act as if” you already embody this quality. (Acting “as if” breaks down subconscious resistance and helps you assimilate new ideas more easily.) At the end of each day, record in a "Joy Journal" what you learned about yourself in regard to this quality.
For example: If you are still looking for your perfect passionate work and your job isn’t satisfying, think of a person you know who is (review the list from above if you can't think of anyone). When you go to work tomorrow, act as if you are passionate about your job. This is a clear choice to “fake it, even if you don’t want to make it.” For just 24 hours, act “as if” you do love what your work requires you to do and carry out the things you think people would do if they were crazy-in-love with their work. Or, if you already love your job, choose something that you’re ho-hum about – maybe it’s cleaning the cat’s litter box, writing that report you’ve been putting off, or something you really dislike doing (for me it’s washing floors), then do it with reckless, loving abandon. Smile often, and really put your heart and soul into whatever you’re doing. The key is to act “as if” you love it (or delegate it to someone who loves doing it!).
To turn this characteristic into a strength, focus on doing one thing every day for the next 21-days to increase this quality in your life. It takes 21-30 days to make or break a habit, so focus on what you can do and watch for miracles. Email me your results, questions, and comments. I want to know how you're doing. Enjoy!
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