"Be enthusiastic as a leader. You can't light a fire with a wet match!" – Anonymous
My niece loves gymnastics. Although I've always had a ton of admiration for gymnasts, I didn't know much about the sport. However, since spending time with her this past week during my stay in Helsinki, my niece's passion for the sport has been glaringly obvious and has me paying closer attention. She's constantly doing cartwheels, somersaults, handstands, swinging from bars, etc. She is extremely flexible and obviously has strong arms. One can tell that she loves the sport.
This morning, we attended a program in which she participated. Her sense of pride in what she does and the spring in her step were inspiring. This led me to ponder on the importance of being "into what you do"… Of loving your work and life, and giving them your best.
Enthusiasm is contagious and I believe it to be energizing even to the person who feels it. Have you noticed how whenever you get involved in a project you love, even if it turns out to be physically tiring, you still feel alive and happy? Have you also noticed on the other hand, how easy it is to loss the pep in one's steps due to lack of passion and the drudgery of living a mundane/flat life?
"Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised." – Christian Nevell Bovee
Life should be about living in purpose, answering the call of your heart. Everyone who crosses paths with you should feel the energy of your dreams and goals. This is success.
Enthusiasm and excitement are powerful, spicy and genuine connectors to others. Hence, the passion you feel for what you do is NOT something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.
"Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string." – Pele
Even as a child, my young niece has ignited an interest for gymnastics in me that may not have happened had she not innocently and candidly exhibited such great excitement. As adults and leaders, our passions have the power to draw others unto new paths and interests, thereby introducing them to different parts of themselves. So, do not hide that which makes your heart beat faster… allow your light to shine; someone, somewhere will draw inspiration from it.
Passion is obvious in football lovers, for example… the excitement in their voices when they discuss the game, and endless hours they spend with like-minds analyzing recent developments. Why? Because it is what they love. It brings them alive.
Having the same fervor for our work is a key ingredient for success. If you are not feeling passionate about your life today, ask yourself why; what do you need to do differently? Then take those steps.
If you are excited about your work and purpose, congratulations and please spread the joy.
Thank you for reading, and cheers to your success!