The Real Secret of Success is Enthusiasm
"Work without ENTHUSIASM is just work. And 'just work' isn't enough" - John Wooden
I used to require an alarm clock and several snooze cycles to get up every morning to get up and go to work. I was an employee at the time, and although I thought I loved what I did, in hindsight I realize that wasn’t at all true. I was always tired, and I was always highly stressed. And most of all, I lacked enthusiasm. That lack of enthusiasm is why I struggled every morning to get out of bed.
Since that time I’ve leveraged my 20+ years in business as an employee and started my own practice as a coach and trainer with FocalPoint. For the first time in many years, I do not need an alarm clock. I wake up early. I wake up excited and full of enthusiasm.
John R. Wooden says “Simply put, I mean you must LOVE that which you do. Your heart must be in it. Without enthusiasm you cannot work up to your fullest ability and potential; you're just going through the motions. And just going through the motions won't bring you to the level of competitive greatness….enthusiasm brushes off on those with whom you come into contact, those you work with and for”.
There is no doubt, I probably work harder and longer than I’ve ever worked in my career as an employee. But instead of draining me of energy, I become more energized. I work hard because there is so many exciting things to do! Whether I am doing marketing and sales, rehearsing for speeches or workshops, or most importantly coaching my clients – I love every moment of it. And that energy and excitement is contagious! Seeing my clients make progress on their goals, progress that they were not achieving on their own, is one of the most rewarding parts of my entire career.
My challenge to you is to ask yourself are you enthusiastic about what you are doing? Really and truly enthusiastic? And if not, what are you going to change?