May 2023 Character Core
We all know enthusiastic people. They have abounding energy and excitement about what they do, whether that’s starting a new hobby or working at their job. It seems to come more naturally to some than to others, but enthusiasm can also be cultivated, both at home and at work. In fact, some studies show that “those who maintain and portray energy and enthusiasm are more likely to advance within their careers, get more promotions, and receive higher increases in pay.” (https://www.clevelandyrc.org/blog/on-enthusiasm-amp-attitude-in-the-workplace)
How do we become enthusiastic in life? One way to help cultivate enthusiasm is to choose careers that you are passionate about and are interested in. It is easier to invest in something that you enjoy doing. However, in life, it is not always possible to avoid doing things you dislike. In fact, we must do unpleasant things quite often. In cases where you are doing something just because you must, look for ways you can be grateful for what you are doing. Being grateful will help you see the best, which will in turn help you become enthusiastic.
Another way to cultivate enthusiasm is to desire to learn. Learning should not stop after we get out of school. If we have an interest and desire to learn new things, enthusiasm will come more naturally. We can cultivate this desire by asking questions, being curious, reading books, and much more.
James Baldwin once said, “Fires can’t be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.” Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Let us work to become enthusiastic today!