Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When was the last time you approached a new day with enthusiasm? Think about it. I’m talking about the kind of enthusiasm that made you excited to get out of bed and eager to head to the office, or school, or wherever you might be working – the kind of enthusiasm that was full of determination, optimism, and energy.
In the interest of keeping it real, I can’t remember the last time I was excited to get out of bed (just ask Barry about how long the blaring alarm clock can buzz right beside my head!) because – as I’ve said before – I loooovvvvve my sleep. I have a close, personal relationship with my pillow. We’re tight. But I’m getting distracted. And a little sleepy. :)
Back to the topic at hand. Do we usually wake up each morning and enthusiastically get ready for our day? Usually not, huh? Well, let’s think about this for a minute – what exactly does enthusiasm mean?
Dictionary.com says it means lively interest.
So, when was the last time we approached a day with lively interest? What could we accomplish if we were truly enthusiastic about the day, the work we had to do, and the interactions with people that we would have? What could we all accomplish with that kind of attitude and mindset?? The possibilities are endless!
Enthusiasm is a change agent.
It turns a project into a purpose.
It turns an assignment into an adventure.
It turns a boring day into a bountiful day.
It turns a sour attitude into a welcoming smile.
Oh,don’t forget to smile. It can make so many things better – not just for you, but for those around you.
Maybe you are facing some days with dread, fear, or even apathy (which is a whole danger in and of itself). You may not be able to change your circumstances, but you can absolutely change the way you approach your circumstances.
While things can always be completed without enthusiasm, it is the addition of enthusiasm – that lively interest – that takes an average accomplishment and makes it spectacular!
Rise up and attack this day (don’t wait for tomorrow!) with bold enthusiasm. If you’re not feeling it, pray and ask God to give you a big, fat dose of it this morning. He’ll do it.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. – Colossians 3:23