Staying enthusiastic while going for your dreams can be difficult at times. The events of life, at times, have a way of interfering with our goals and can discourage us. However, if you are to achieve your goals, remaining enthusiastic and motivated is vitally important, especially in moments of discouragement. If you lack enthusiasm, you will give up, and your dreams will come to nothing.
Enthusiasm originates from the Greek word ‘enthousiasmos', which basically means to be inspired. Enthusiasm is inspiration and is a powerful way to create momentum and motivation. Enthusiasm can generate the energy and willpower to help us accomplish those things in life we have set out to do. Enthusiasm also can create within us a feeling of well-being and happiness.
Throughout our lives we are constantly bombarded with messages of fear, tragedy, and pessimism, especially from the media. Newspapers and periodicals abound with bad news. Moreover, the negative people around us discourage us even further. With so much of it around us we have a tendency to adapt that input into our own ways of thinking, allowing this negativity to taint our own thoughts and behaviors.
Enthusiasm is a skill that is learned like any other skill. Enthusiasm is seldom a natural development, but rather a result of conscious effort. Enthusiasm takes practice and with continual exercise you can stay excited and motivated to accomplish your goals, even when unfortunate circumstances do arise. But how do we create enthusiasm within ourselves?
First and foremost you must become passionate about your life and your goals. Most people can become temporarily excited about practically anything, but to maintain a sustained enthusiasm can only be achieved by becoming passionate about something. When we talk about passion we are taking about having a deep care for something. If you are not interested and don't care about something you will not be able to create enthusiasm for it.
All successful people are passionate about something and they spend minimal amounts of time on things they have no passion for. Don't waste your valuable time pursuing things you are not passionate about. You will feel little satisfaction from those endeavors and then you will wonder why your motivation is diminishing. It's because your energy is being applied in the wrong direction. Passion is the fuel of enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm and energy are very closely related. If you come home tired from a hard day's work you are likely not be too enthused or excited. Maintaining a high energy level will help you be more enthused. And the more enthusiasm you have the more energy you are likely to have. Both enthusiasm and energy work hand in hand. You can't have one without having the other. Proper diet and the right amount of rest can help you maintain a higher energy level, which of course will increase your enthusiasm.
Maintaining enthusiasm also requires you to build motivation. Motivation is intrinsically related to energy. Energy is required to move and motivation generates movement. This means taking action, moving, and doing something toward accomplishing your goals, even when you might not be so enthused. By tapping into motivation you will become enthused. If you just sit around and wait for life to come to you, you will eventually lose energy and then motivation becomes nothing more than something you talk about. Moreover, when you lose motivation you also run the risk of losing passion.
You can create enthusiasm just by acting enthused. You don't necessarily have to have an external stimulus to create enthusiasm within yourself. In fact, enthusiasm is something that comes from within and can be encouraged to develop just by the practice of acting enthused and doing something positive toward your goals.
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