“It is difficult to be creative and enthusiastic about anything for which we do not feel affection.”
—David Whyte, Anglo-Irish poet
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What are the things in life you love the most? Where do you find yourself being the most creative and enthusiastic?
Complete the following sentence. “I am looking forward to….” Repeat this sentence five or six times for both your personal and professional efforts.
What activities and people spark your energy and engagement? Where and with whom do you find yourself going through the motions, waiting to punch out so that you can get on with the good parts of life?
Filter your day’s activities through the lenses of the words: More, Less, Start, and Stop. How does your affection and desires to engage in some of these pursuits enhance your enthusiasm and creativity?
“There is a child in every one of us who is still trick-or-treating looking for a brightly lit front porch.”
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When I was young, Halloween was the holiday that excited me most. The handmade costumes, the pillow cases used to gather candy, and our neighborhood lit up with almost every porch light was the best.
On evenings when the weather was mild and calm a good majority of our neighbors would meet us on their front steps to help optimize our trick-or-treating efforts.
No matter what costume you wore, every child became a pirate once they arrived home to count their booty.
What are some traditional and innovative ways you can foster the inner child in kids of all ages this Halloween and over the holiday season?
What are some ways to keep your porch lights on to welcome and encourage the youthful exuberance of others in your communities?
“Experience and enthusiasm are two fine business attributes seldom found in one individual.”
—William Feather, 19th Century American Publisher
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How much experience do you have in your current profession?
How enthusiastic do you feel each morning as you head off to work?
If you are among the fortunate few, you would score high on each measure.
If, however you are like many people, you often begin your work efforts or new job with considerable enthusiasm, and only minimal or modest experience.
As time moves on and experience increases, many find their excitement and enthusiasm beginning to fade, sometimes to the point of reaching a dead end.
What strategies and approaches can and will you take on to maintain or – better yet – increase your current levels of enthusiasm? How might this help you gain greater experience and mastery in your chosen profession?
“What would have drawn a ‘WOW’ fifteen years ago won’t draw a yawn today.”
-Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts
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My first “WOW!” experience with technology occurred about 50 years ago in a department store in the Philadelphia area. I came upon a 10’ x 8” LED calculator that added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided—that’s it!
I was completely mesmerized for almost an hour by this magic box that seemed to complete an infinite number of calculations at the speed of light.
This experience seems downright primitive compared to the technological advancements since then. Just look at the children around you, playing with phones, tablets, gaming stations, and many other magical devices.
Where and in what ways can you maintain or even expand that “WOW!“ factor in your personal and professional worlds, to experience greater success and youthful exuberance?
“What you wish to ignite in others must first burn within yourself.”
-Aurelius Augustinus, early Christian theologian
In his book To Sell is Human, Daniel Pink points out that one in every nine people in the working world is in sales.
Initially this thought lures the reader into thinking, That’s not such a big number, or I can’t stand those pushy sales people, or I’m glad I don’t have to do that!
A few sentences later, however, Pink points out that the rest of us are also in sales. We all must sell our thoughts and ideas at work and at home, even if we are not selling a product or service.
In all cases, the ability to influence and enroll others is fundamental to our success. Today’s quote points to the importance of and, in my opinion, the essential element of genuine enthusiasm as a key factor in igniting the flames of excitement in others.
What are the issues, priorities, projects, or even products that get your fires burning? How and where can you share your excitement and passion to ignite the flames of excitement and interest in others?
“I awake each day thinking of your awakening.”
—Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author
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What percentage of people go through their lives half asleep, or awaken only for special occasions and weekends?
How bright-eyed and bushy-tailed are you in the morning? How much do you look forward to each new day?
I deeply desire my own daily awakening and have pursued my career as a coach to support others to do the same. With a “pay it forward” approach and attitude, many of my clients do the same in their communities. Most would say that is one of the most satisfying parts of the coaching process.
How and in what ways can you enhance and improve your world, to wake each day with greater enthusiasm and vitality?
Where and with whom can you awaken the lives of others, so they can do the same?
“Hustle and heart will set you apart.”
—Alisa Jacobs, Entertainment Marketing and PR Manager at Diageo
One of the things I enjoy about certain quotes is their catchiness and rhythm. That they also communicate a fundamental truth is critical. These factors generate a stickiness that allows us to carry them in our minds wherever we go.
Examine the levels of Heart and Hustle you currently bring to your personal and professional efforts. Notice that if your Heart is not in it, your level of Hustle will rarely be, either.
What adjustments can you make in your heartfelt attitudes and efforts to set you apart from your previous self and those around you?