Enthusiasm makes the difference

Some one once said “You must have enthusiasm for life, or life is not going to have a lot of enthusiasm for you.” I pray that life is having enthusiasm for you as it makes life so much more fun and helps overcoming challenges and obstacles that obstruct your way. ‘Enthusiasm’ is derived from two Greek words: “en” meaning “in” & “theos” meaning “God.” Enthusiasm is literally “God in us.” The enthusiastic man is one who speaks as if he were possessed by God.

– Every man is enthusiastic at times. One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes–another man has it for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of life.

– Enthusiasm and persistence can make an average person superior; indifference and lethargy can make a superior person average.

– It is not doing the thing we like, that makes life happy; it is learning to like the thing we have to do.

– Both enthusiasm & pessimism are contagious. Which one do you spread?


Formula for Making Any Day Good

1. Think a good day. To make a day good, first see it good. Do not allow any mental reservation that it will not be good. Events are largely governed by creative thought, so a positive concept of the day will strongly tend to condition it to be as imagined.

2. Thank a good day. Give thanks in advance for the good day ahead. Thank and affirm a good day. This helps make it so.

3. Plan a good day. Specifically and definitely know what you propose to do with the day. Plan your work and work your plan.

4. Put good into the day. Put bad thoughts, bad attitudes, bad actions into a day and it will take on bad characteristics. Put good thoughts, good attitudes, good actions into a day and they will make the day good.

5. Pray a good day. Begin each day with that powerful affirmation from Psalm 118:24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Start the day with prayer and finish it the same way. Then it is bound to be good even if it brings tough experiences.

6. Fill the day with enthusiasm. Give the day all you’ve got and it will give you all it’s got, which will be plenty. Enthusiasm will make a big difference in any day and in any job.

The top sales producer who gave me these rules said, with a chuckle: “Here’s a quotation I picked up somewhere; a fellow named H. W. Arnold said it. ‘The fellow who is fired with enthusiasm for the boss (that is to say the job) is seldom fired by the boss.”‘

This reminded me of an employer who told me he was going to fire a man out of the business. I asked, “Why not fire him into the business? Get him to try enthusiasm on the job.” He did, and the employee presently became a very important man in the company. He was fired, all right, but it was not out. Enthusiasm fired him to new participation in his job. He became a new personality: successful, happy, creative. Try enthusiasm on your job. The result can be amazing.

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