Here’s what Webster’s says about enthusiasm. Enthusiasm: strong excitement about something, a strong feeling of active interest in something you like or enjoy.
Enthusiasm over Expertise
If given a choice of two prospective candidates for employment where one is an expert with a ho-hum attitude and the other an enthusiastic person willing and able to learn, I’ll take the latter almost every time. Anyone with enthusiasm and a willingness to take on the task is almost generally the better choice.
Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success – Dale Carnegie
Enthusiasm Begets Enthusiasm
Have you ever been in a bad mood and walked into a room full of happy people? When you are in the presence of a bunch of smiling, happy faces your mood tends to shift towards the positive..
There’s a saying about one bad apple, spoiling the whole barrel. The same is true in your organization. An enthusiastic leader will attract enthusiastic team members. Your enthusiasm is contagious. If you approach your day with enthusiasm your team, even the surliest member, will eventually be lifted.
If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind. – Norman Vincent Peale
Enthusiasm is the Fuel
As I have mentioned in previous writings, People want to do business with people that they know, like and trust. I think we’d all agree that enthusiastic people are generally more likeable than people who lack enthusiasm.
Your customers are people who want to do business with people that they like. Try a little enthusiasm with your prospects. Enthusiasm might be just the thing that will turn them from a prospect to a customer. Couple your great product or service, offered at a good value with a dose of enthusiasm and see what happens.
On the other side of the coin, if you just can’t seem to muster the enthusiasm required today, go in your office and stay there. No one wants to deal with a grumpy leader. When you determine to be enthusiastic, come on out and take on the day.
Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the start. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas. – Henry Ford
Enthusiasm or Mediocrity, You Choose
Today is the day to let your light shine. Enthusiastically approach new opportunities, new prospective clients, new and better ways of doing things. Keep your eyes and ears open, observe what happens when you choose enthusiasm.
There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. – Norman Vincent Peale
Enthusiasm and a positive attitude invokes possibility, while complacency and a bad attitude produce a feeling that there is no use trying. As a leader, I have witnessed this first hand. When I see the mood going south, I check myself first, to see if I have set this tone. If so, I own it and take the steps necessary to reverse the tide.
How are you taking on this day with a renewed enthusiasm? Is it making a difference? Please share your experience in the comments section below. Your story will certainly benefit a fellow reader.