Harness the power of enthusiasm and you will escalate your success to a higher level. Napoleon Hill, in the book “Think and Grow Rich”, listed 31 major causes of failure. Point #22 was lack of enthusiasm. He said, “Without enthusiasm, one cannot be convincing. Moreover, enthusiasm is contagious, and the person who has it, under control, is generally welcome in any group of people.” In the same book, Hill tells about Andrew Carnegie, the Scotsman who came to America with very little to his name and eventually gave away over two hundred million dollars. He hired the young Charles Schwab to run his U.S. Steel Corporation and paid him over a million dollars a year at the beginning of the Twentieth Century! Read on and you’ll learn why.
It was in 1897, when Schwab was just 35, that he became president of the Carnegie Steel Company. Then, in 1901, he helped negotiate the sale of Carnegie Steel to J.P. Morgan and a group of New York financiers. After that, Schwab became the first president of the U.S. Steel Corporation, which was formed out of Carnegie’s former holdings.
Schwab did not get that position because he knew more about the production of steel than anyone else. One of the main reasons was his enthusiasm. Here is a quote from Schwab: “I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess.” He also said, “A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.” Walter Chrysler, of automobile manufacturing fame, said: “The real secret of success is enthusiasm.”
Thus, if we want to get ahead, whether we feel like it or not, we’ve got to develop and use enthusiasm on a daily basis. Here are some ideas to improve our enthusiasm.
Harness the power of enthusiasm by harnessing your thoughts. Our thoughts become our actions and our reality. If you declare that it’s hard for you to show enthusiasm, that’s exactly how you’re going to act. The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between something real and something we imagine. Thus, if we focus our thoughts in one direction, we can focus our thoughts in another direction. That more positive direction can make a big difference in our success!
What you do the first 15 minutes of each day will set your mood for the entire day. Most people set a negative mood by watching television news, listening to the radio, or reading the paper. Most of that is full of murder and mayhem. I suggest turning off the news in the morning and, instead, declaring some positive affirmations that will help you build your enthusiasm:
Everything I touch prospers and succeeds. I show enthusiasm every day, in everything I do, and to everyone around me. As a result, great things are happening in my life! My personal relationships are improving and I’m attracting more money into my life than ever before. I am excited!
Don’t analyze these words. Just declare them, out loud, the first thing every morning and the last thing every night. Those are the two times your subconscious minds is most open to suggestion. Do this for 90 days and watch how it improves the enthusiasm you show every day and thus escalates your success!
Harness the power of enthusiasm by declaring certain words. Years ago, when I was a television producer and director, I produced a weekly television program on Lifetime Television. I remember many a nights, when we were shooting our show at a Los Angeles television studio, we worked late into the evenings. I helped direct our program. As a director, it was up to me to get everyone’s energy up, when we worked late, so we could finish our program, make it look good, and go home.
Thus, in the control room, and to everyone in the studio, I would say on my headset, with enthusiasm: “It’s showtime!” That would suddenly energize everyone and we were able to get our work done.
I know there are days when all of us don’t feel like being enthusiastic. There are some days when I don’t feel like being enthusiastic. However, by allowing those feelings to become our main focus, we could be losing opportunities. Thus, when I feel tired, or depressed, I simply say to myself “It’s showtime!” Then, as I pretend to be enthusiastic, that affects everyone around me in a very positive way. They start showing more enthusiasm and, for the next hour or two, I operate on their energy! Norman Vincent Peale said, “If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.”
Harness the power of enthusiasm by overcoming depression. When I don’t feel like being enthusiastic, it’s usually the result of my being depressed or upset about something. That’s when I think about the fact that a leader does what has to be done, when it has to be done, whether they feel like it or not. To help me turn a moment like that around, so I can get back to enthusiasm, I made a list of the four or five major things that have worked out right in my life.
You might do the same thing. On your list might be your good health, a loving family, your talents, or your career. Then, when something doesn’t work out the way you want, take a look at your list of major positives in your life. Ask yourself, “Would I trade anything on this list in exchange for fixing whatever I’m upset about at the moment?” I believe the answer will be “No way!” I find that doing this helps me get out of a rut of depression and refocuses me on what is really important.
Harness the power of enthusiasm by following the thoughts of Og Mandino. Mandino wrote a number of amazing books including “The Greatest Salesman in the World”. He said this about enthusiasm: “Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. Its potential value far surpasses money and power and influence. Single-handed, the enthusiast convinces and dominates where the wealth accumulated by a small army of workers would scarcely raise a tremor of interest. Enthusiasm tramples over prejudice and opposition, spurns inaction, storms the citadel of its object and, like an avalanche, overwhelms and engulfs all obstacles.”
Thus, if I could truly convince you that showing more enthusiasm on a daily basis could bring great riches into your life, would that be worth the effort to show it every day? If showing enthusiasm would truly help you overcome obstacles, would that be worth the effort? Why not make a concerted effort to show enthusiasm on a daily basis for 30 days and see what happens? I believe you’ll see magic occur in your life that will be like an avalanche of positive things happening in your favor.
State the affirmations above and below, without analysis, and watch how those words will change your thoughts. Your thoughts will become your actions and everyone around you will benefit from your enthusiasm! Then, I believe, everything you touch will indeed prosper and succeed!
“Everything I touch prospers and succeeds! I show enthusiasm every day, in everything I do, and to everyone around me!”
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