How to Build Enthusiasm in a Half-Hearted World

Anything you do without enthusiasm makes you less of who you were meant to be.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once enthusiasm is lost, it’s like starting a fire with wet wood.

Enthusiasm is:

  1. Strength.
  2. Joy.
  3. Grit.
  4. Sweet.

Enthusiasm is the difference between putting in your time and meaningful effort.

Nearly all the great improvements, discoveries, inventions, and achievements which have elevated and blessed humanity have been the triumphs of enthusiasm. Orison Swett Marden

Enthusiasm indicates wholeheartedness. 

7 ways to nurture and protect enthusiasm in a half-hearted world:

  1. Don’t compare yourself with slackers. It’s not fair that you work hard and someone else drifts. Forget about it. Resentment quenches enthusiasm.
  2. Notice low enthusiasm and take action to expel it in yourself. Low enthusiasm insults your humanity. You’re better than half-heartedness.
  3. Send chronic complainers to your competitors. Complainers love explaining why half-heartedness is appropriate.
  4. Do your best to hang with enthusiastic people. Those who delight in complaining, criticizing, and gossip destroy enthusiasm.
  5. Enjoy appreciation, but don’t need it. You are seldom appreciated as much as you deserve.
  6. Have enough confidence to learn enthusiastically.
  7. Do difficult work with enthusiasm. Painful labor done enthusiastically is completed sooner.

Confidence and enthusiasm:

When confidence declines, enthusiasm heads for the door.

If you want to build enthusiasm in your team, instill them with confidence.

Confidence building 101 for leaders:

  1. Your confidence fuels confidence. Believe in your team’s ability to deliver meaningful results.
  2. Remember people’s effort and contribution. When you remember someone’s effort, you instill them with enthusiasm to keep working. “I remember when you … .”
  3. Discuss and honor progress.
    • “Tell me about the progress you’re making.”
    • “What’s different about you?”
    • “How are you improving?”

Leadership without enthusiasm is soul-sucking drudgery.

How might leaders build the confidence of others?

How might leaders nurture and protect their own enthusiasm?