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April 27, 2015

Enthusiasm Is Contagious!

Today is life—the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.

Dale Carnegie, Author

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, enthusiasm is strong excitement about something. You know what it’s like when you’re around someone who is enthusiastic. They practically bubble over with eagerness to tackle life and work and have a positive attitude. Like positivity, enthusiasm is contagious. (See my post Does Positivity at Work Really Make a Difference?shutterstock_20301970

  • Take action. Enthusiastic people make things happen and inspire others to do so, too. Set goals for both your work and your life that excite you and that ignite your passion.
  • Believe that what you do is important. It’s easier to be enthusiastic when you know you are making a contribution to your job, your family, or your community.
  • Look for the positive in everything that happens. I’m not talking about being a Pollyanna! Enthusiastic people see reality, but refuse to let it derail them. Even if they don’t succeed or achieve what they set out to do, enthusiastic people view the result as a learning experience; it doesn’t stop them from trying again and again. See my post The Value of Reframing for more information.

Ramp up your enthusiasm and not only will others around you feel it, they will become more enthusiastic in turn—and enthusiasm leads to positive productivity!


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