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Updated: Dec 30, 2018

Is enthusiasm the magic potion we need to achieve something great? Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed to think so. How about those not great things we want to accomplish, would enthusiasm help us achieve them also? How does our enthusiasm affect others? When we have a passionate interest in something or an eagerness to accomplish something, our buy in is stronger than when we lack enthusiasm.

If you are always enthusiastic you need to read no further. I would appreciate it if you would share how you maintain that enthusiasm in our comment section.

For the rest of us, let's see if we can help develop a greater sense of enthusiasm. I've researched enthusiasm and haven't found anything earth shattering. Mostly what it is and how it affects us, but very little on how to attain it. The best I can suggest is that an attitude for excitement must come from within. Others can be excited about an idea, but if you don't buy in, your interest may not be stimulated.

Can we turn enthusiasm on and off at will? I believe we can. We just must find the right reason for getting excited. How do we go about finding the right reason? It helps to understand what motivates us as individuals. Perhaps it is survival, one of our strongest instincts, or self-satisfaction, maybe not as strong but significant. Whatever the motivation, tap into it.

When I discuss writing with others, writer's block keeps coming up as a deterrent to getting the writing done. I can honestly say writers block has not been an issue with me. However, I have experienced a lack of enthusiasm at times. When I begin writing whether it is a Paz Pontification, my memoirs, or my books, I find it easier to put words in the computer when enthusiasm is present.

I find this gratifying since enthusiasm was rarely missing during my business and social endeavors. Okay, enough about me. Let's focus on you.

If you are enthusiastic, you'll feel energetic and have a passion for what you do. One of the traits I always look for in a colleague or friend is a sense of eagerness for life and what they have done to achieve a desired result. Enthusiasm helps us become people focused, productive, loyal, and maintain good health. The task at hand must be fun, not laborious, if we are going to be excited about a project.

Thank you if you have read this far. Unfortunately, I have no magic potion except that which is in each of you. Push the power button within you and find a way to have fun at what you are doing. If you do, I believe you will be eager to achieve your desired results with enthusiasm.

Let me know what you think.

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