How to Keep Your Enthusiasm

“Every man is enthusiastic at times. One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes – another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years that makes a success out of his life.”

Define your goals and what you need to do to achieve them – I know you’ve heard it before, but if you haven’t done it yet, sit down and write down your most important life goals. Then put a plan together to accomplish them. As Lawrence J. Peter, author of The Peter Principle, says “If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” Get organized – Get a system together that will squeeze the most productivity out of each day and stick to it. Don’t procrastinate or get distracted. Keep focused on the task at hand, and you will turn every workday into a success.

Draw strength from the positive – Remember the times in your life when you were enthusiastic. Feed off those positive feelings. Learn from the times you failed, but focus and draw inspiration from your successes.

Look for “Aha!” moments – Media giant Oprah Winfrey used to talk about “Aha!” moments on her talk show (she also features them online and in O Magazine). “Aha!” moments are those moments in life when something happens that changes some aspect of your life for the better. Look for your “Aha!” moments. Record them in a journal and refer to them often.

Don’t dwell on the negative – Don’t think about past mistakes. Put them out of your mind. Banish them to the basement. And stop worrying about things you can’t change.

Don’t try to solve the entire world’s problems at once – It can feel quite overwhelming if you look to where you want to be in life and where you are now – along with all the things you have to do to fill the gap. Feeling overwhelmed can often lead to total paralysis in terms of moving closer to your goals and aspirations. It’s important to remind yourself that “life is a marathon, not a sprint.” Focus on one thing at a time with steady, consistent action, and you’ll get where you want and need to be in life.

Identify what’s holding you back and find a solution – For instance, if you are overweight, get a plan together to shed those extra pounds. If you’re petrified of speaking in front of a crowd of people, enroll in a public speaking course. If you don’t know what companies to target for your business, sit down and figure it out. Make a list and put together a strategy to market your services to them. Don’t procrastinate; do it today.

Surround yourself with enthusiastic people – Enthusiasm really is contagious. When you feed off other people’s energy, great things will happen. On the flipside, get rid of the negative people in your life that zap your energy. If you can’t convince them to be enthusiastic, avoid them.

Don’t listen to the naysayers – Don’t listen to the people who criticize you without being constructive or always seem to discourage you.

Remember, it’s you who chooses how you view the world – You determine your destiny. It’s as easy to have a negative view of your world as it is to have a positive view, so always choose the view that makes you happier and moves you closer to your goals.

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