Enthusiasm comes from the Greek word ‘entheos’ it means God within. Furthermore, it is said the world belongs to the enthusiastic.
God within is referred to a divine spark or fire that burns within the chest of those with a passion for a cause, job, or life in general.
Many successful people will tell you that it’s not money, products or even training that determines your success or failure, they certainly have a role to play.
But without enthusiasm, nothing will happen. Until you become excited and enthusiastic about what you are doing, you will never achieve great success.
Imagine, for one moment returning to the spirit of your youth, when each day, you allowed the energy that burned within you to be shown to the world. Remember how you didn’t want to go to bed at night because you felt there might not be a tomorrow to do what you like doing.
How in the morning you would jump out of bed and run outside to go and explore the world. You believed in your heart that anything was possible and nothing could touch you.
Here are 14 amazing rules that will help you rekindle that ‘child-like’ enthusiasm.
Never stop learning
Exploring the world around you through education enriches your mind.
In addition, it helps to develop and hone skills that will become useful when needed. Undoubtedly learning to embrace a student-like mindset every day will help you become motivated and more enthusiastic about the life you are living.
Stop acting like a victim
By taking responsibility for how you are treated is a powerful move in your daily life.
Furthermore, learning to take control of you will establish indirect control over others.
Set boundaries and be mindful of how others treat you.
No one can take advantage of you or hurt you unless you allow them to.
Find what interests you?
Give yourself permission to explore the activities and interests that make you feel happy and joyful.
If you were not caught up in the ‘rat-race’ and always having to think about the kids, the bills, the cooking the job etc, what else would you love to be doing?
Allow yourself to do something that energizes and empowers your happiness.
Use your physiology
Feeling enthusiastic can be as simple as using your body posture and tone of voice to create fulfilment within.
Speak, move and act with excitement, you’ll quickly realize how energized and motivated you’ll begin to feel.
Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses
In his book “Now Discover Your Strengths” Marcus Buckingham speaks about the need for people to stop wasting valuable energy on fixing their weaknesses, while their strengths lie dormant and wasting. You have many skills and abilities that will help create an enthusiastic and motivated you!
Now go ahead and use them.
Use your imagination
Allowing your imagination to run riot is the surest way of getting your life in a mess. Learn to control your imagination, only visualize that which you want to focus on.
Create your own imaginary movies of success and greatness in which you play the lead role.
Your subconscious mind will quickly catch on and help you in becoming what you imagine.
Look for the good in all situations
Create a habit of looking for the positive side of things in any situation. This habit will undoubtedly improve your resiliency in any unpleasant situation.
It will also strengthen and enhance your optimism for being more motivated in the things you do.
Revisit past successes in your life
There will come times when you find it difficult to stay motivated and enthusiastic.
Simply recall some time in your past when you were able to step up to the challenge and succeed.
Think of times when you were at the top of your game when you were really feeling great about your accomplishments.
This will not only keep you from feeling discouraged but also improve your enthusiasm and motivation.
Surround yourself with happy people
People who are able to lift their own spirits are probably able to lift yours too!
In addition associating with people who are upbeat, enthusiastic and positive will dramatically affect your emotional state.
Laughter, happiness and enthusiasm are contagious, so spend time around these types of people.
Be respectful and polite to others
Apply the ‘Golden Rule’ to all people you meet. Do to no one the things you dislike, and always do to others what you would want them to do to you.
If you are feeling sad and un-enthusiastic, go and do something good for someone else.
It’s the quickest and surest way to get the positive boost you are looking for.
Exercise and get plenty of sleep
This is a simple one, yet so many people skip exercise and go to bed late.
The benefits of exercise and a good night’s rest cannot be underestimated. Create a habit of making sure you get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.
In addition, do your best to get some form of cardiac exercise a least a minimum of 3 times a week.
Create a happy space
Find a place where you can retreat to and re-align yourself.
Find somewhere comfortable and peaceful, it could be a park bench, sitting in your car or a room in your house.
What sounds do you like? What images bring a smile to your face? Are there some specific smells that are peaceful for you?
Use music, images and fragrances to enhance your happy space.
Visit it often, even when you are feeling good, use it to anchor yourself.
Develop the right attitude
This is one area of your life that can make or break your ability to function in a congruent and meaningful way.
First and foremost, believe that you can change.
Become curious about things; learn to master your thinking, read inspiring articles.
Choose to be optimistic and happy and always treat people the way you would like to be treated.
Practice gratitude every day
Gratitude is the perfect attitude shifter.
When we train our minds to look for the good in situations, it moves our attention from the negative to the positive.
I admit this is not always easy to do, especially when it seems there is nothing good in the situation.
You can start by keeping your very own gratitude list every day.
Simply jot down 5 to 10 things you are thankful for, even in the tiniest of experiences you will find reasons to be thankful.
Things in life become easier
Enthusiasm is the fuel to a better more productive life. Furthermore, being enthused will motivate and empower you to complete the mundane and unpleasant tasks.
Now that you are enthusiastic about life, love and everything else, you’ll procrastinate less and achieve more.
Simply put, having enthusiasm makes things in life easier.