How to be Consistently Enthusiastic

The great author and motivator Dale Carnegie said that “Enthusiasm is the little recognized secret to success.” He believed that enthusiasm helped people accomplish great things. In fact, he believed few things of any significance were accomplished without it. 

But remaining enthusiastic during challenging or down times can be difficult. Sometimes it may even seem downright impossible. But we need to remember that difficult and impossible are two different things. While difficult, remaining consistently enthusiastic is far from impossible. It’s also essential for maintaining our mental and emotional well-being. So here are some ideas that can help us stay enthusiastic even when facing tough situations.

  • Taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally is crucial. Get enough sleep, eat well, exercise regularly as possible, and engage in activities that bring you fun and relaxation.
  • I’m a big believer in setting goals that push you past your comfort zone. Goals that are a stretch. But come on, every goal can’t push you to your limits. That’s setting you up for enthusiasm robbing disappointment. So some of your goals should be small and almost easily achievable. Accomplishing even minor tasks can give you a sense of accomplishment and boost your enthusiasm.
  • While it’s easy to dwell on negatives, consciously focus on the positive aspects of your life and situation. Practicing gratitude can shift your perspective and help you maintain enthusiasm. No matter how it may seem, you do not need sunglasses to look on the bright side of life.
  • Instead of viewing challenges as obstacles, try to see them as opportunities. Overcoming difficulties can boost your confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Learn new things and engage in activities that pique your interest. Curiosity can fuel enthusiasm by keeping your mind engaged and active.
  • Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. This positive reinforcement can help you stay motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Surround yourself with sources of inspiration, whether it’s through books, podcasts, or music. Inspiration can rekindle your enthusiasm and creativity.
  • Sometimes, focusing on helping others can shift your perspective and bring a sense of fulfillment. Acts of kindness and volunteering can boost your mood and enthusiasm. I can guarantee you that someone nearby could use some help. Keep your eyes open and you’ll be sure to find them. 
  • View down times as opportunities to adapt and learn new strategies for dealing with challenges. This adaptability can help you maintain enthusiasm and even help you develop new job skills.
  • Establishing a daily routine can provide a sense of structure and purpose, helping you maintain focus and enthusiasm even when things are tough.
  • While routine is important, be open to adjusting your plans when necessary. Flexibility allows you to navigate challenges more effectively and maintain a positive attitude.

Maintaining enthusiasm during tough times is a process that requires thought, effort and patience. It’s okay to have moments of frustration or discouragement, but with the right mindset and strategies, you can work towards maintaining a positive outlook and a sense of enthusiasm.

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Enthusiasm is Contagious

The great Dale Carnegie said that “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the term “horse sense” in today’s terms it would most closely be associated with “common sense.” Which of course isn’t actually all that common.

Dale Carnegie believed in the power of enthusiasm. He saw it in action during thousands of sessions of his Human Relations, Public Speaking, Sales and Leadership courses. I saw it in hundreds of those same courses. I see it all the time today as well.

People who are very enthusiastic about whatever it is they are doing simply do it better, in every way, than less enthusiastic people.

You, and every other human on the planet, can spot an enthusiastic person a mile away. You can also feel them, hear them, and maybe even be contaminated by them. You, and every other human on the planet can also spot an unenthusiastic person a mile away. And you most certainly can be contamination by them.

If you’re in a leadership position then it is vital to understand that you lead by example, whether you intend to or not. Your people are watching and they are watching to see if you do the same things you tell them to do. They are also watching to see if you do it enthusiastically.

Are you enthusiastically walking your talk. Merely going through the motions won’t get it done. As a leader you are the “model” for the actions you want from your people. But not only is it important “what” you do, it’s also very important “how” you do it.

You know that your more enthusiastic people are more productive and better team members. What you may not always realize is that they often model their enthusiasm level after yours.

Dale Carnegie also said to “act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.” There will be days when your enthusiasm level isn’t what it needs to be. On those days follow Mr. Carnegie’s wise advice and act enthusiastic. Sooner or later your natural enthusiasm will take over and your “acting” will be replaced by the real thing.

Your enthusiasm is contagious, make sure you have enough so that everyone who comes near you catches a bit of yours.