The 3 Biggest Myths About Enthusiasm”
“Enthusiasm is the steam that drives the engine.” ~Napolean Hill
Here are 3 reasons why “enthusiasm” is often misunderstood and underestimated:
Myth 1. Enthusiasm is a personality trait. You are either born with it or you are not.
Truth: This is like saying, you are either born knowing how to swim or you are not. Enthusiasm begins with what you want and how badly you want it. Where there is enthusiasm, there is a way!
Myth 2. You have to feel enthusiastic. You can’t just act that way.
Truth: Dale Carnegie used to say, “If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic!” You can put the cart before this horse. That is, you can become the enthusiastic individual you want to be by acting the part. Sooner or later, you will no longer be acting.
Myth 3. People who are enthusiastic are a turn-off to others.
Truth: Enthusiasm is infectious and serves to inspire others. Would you rather be around someone who exudes negativity or someone one who is filled with optimism?
The bottom line is that the power of enthusiasm lies within us, all. It is this “spirit within” that helps you achieve what others may say you cannot. Once engaged, it takes on a life of its own.
As Emerson encouraged, “Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object!”
Be great! Be enthusiastic!