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Live An Enthusiastical Life!

Aug 17, 2007
Live life enthusiastically! Dale Carnegie often called this principle the little-known secret of success. Without enthusiasm, all the skills and techniques you learn will not be as effective as they could be. On the other hand, if someone is enthusiastic, it is an energy builder. They can sell their ideas and ultimately accomplish more than sheer intellect.

History is ripe with stories of people who overcame adversity and achieved great success simply because they were enthusiastic about their job, the project or even just enthusiastic about living another day to its fullest. Remember Frank Bettger, a turn of the century professional baseball player who often wrote about how he turned himself from a failure to a success in the game. He never had a great deal of talent, but he always loved what he was doing and put his entire heart and mind into it every minute. He later was able to use that same strategy to become one of the highest paid life insurance salesmen of his day.

It is not always easy to be enthusiastic. Perhaps you do not want to make the move across country with your family to stat a new job. Personal problems can become overwhelming. Sometimes life becomes unbalanced and work or family literally drains your energy. However, it is possible to create enthusiasm.

Try the following strategies to create enthusiasm:
1. Act happy. Too many people condition themselves to be negative. They are afraid they will be seen as too gung-ho. Some say they are just being realistic by not getting their hopes up. Others say they know that a project or strategy will not work because it never has before. Why should they get enthusiastic about a sure failure? Yet one can find that if they simply act enthusiastic, it eventually becomes real. Others will pick up on their enthusiasm, become excited themselves and then feed their enthusiasm back to the originator. It becomes a beautiful circle of energy.

2. Create a mission and vision. Experience shows that people get much more excited when they see the big picture. For example, a friend once toured a defense plant and asked the people what they were making. They gave him a very technical answer but the bottom line was that they really do not know what they were doing to help keep the world safe. In fact, they were manufacturing a part for a missile system that was used in the Gulf War. He could not help but think that they would have been more enthusiastic about achieving quality and high productivity if they had known the importance of their work in the grand scheme.

The same is true in any department. Often we ignore the work of clerical workers, for example. The most mundane jobs, when done well, can actually help transform an organization.

3. Give people the opportunity to be enthusiastic. Ask staff members to come up with projects that cut costs or save money. Often this is the first time they have been asked to use their insights to help the company. Following are some examples:

The facilities maintenance manager at a hospital had only a sixth-grade education, yet he saves the hospital $15,000 by inventing a new way to open the operating room doors. He never knew the hospital cared about his ideas until this training.

A lumber mill had a process that involved picking up the lumber and moving it an extra time. Management knew it cost $150,000 in labor every year but they could not find a solution. During some internal training, a worker offered a solution. He had come up with the idea a long time ago but did not offer it because no one had asked him.

4. Do not criticize, condemn or complain - and do not put up with people who do. Just walk out of the room and say you refuse to let anothers negativity affect your enthusiasm. Consciously decide to generate positive enthusiasm.

5. Keep perspective. Life is too short to just put up with negativity. Have some fun with life. Grab the gusto. See the excitement in every situation. Be enthusiastic about the chance to make a difference with even your smallest actions: smile; hold the elevator door; allow another driver into traffic . . . even these simple actions can make a difference in others lives. Now this is something to be enthusiastic about!
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