Tips for Generating Enthusiasm in the Workplace
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If you've ever lain awake at night wondering how to move a
project ahead, how to change directions or even how to gain cooperation
from people, maybe you haven't yet discovered what Dale Carnegie called
"The little recognized secret of success"
Of course I'm speaking of Enthusiasm.
Not the wind up, climb the walls kind of misdirected
enthusiasm, but real, genuine, heartfelt passion that kindles a fire in
the belly kind.
You know what I'm talking about, you've seen it in many people
as they have applied for jobs and got the position ahead of hundreds of
other applicants, as they've led a team of people in a change effort
that others said couldn't be done, as they have bounced back from
personal hardship or even as they faced the challenges that would stop
a lesser person dead in their tracks.
I've always marveled at those people who know that they know
that without enthusiasm, they become terribly boring and very
unachieveable, in effect standing on the roadside watching the world
speed by, never slowing down to offer them a ride.
Does this mean that if we are not the "Enthusiastic" kind of
people we're doomed?
Not at all.
Enthusiasm is simply a choice.
It doesn't matter who you are, what your background is, what
hardships you've endured, if you want to be enthusiastic, you simply
have to choose to.
While you're chewing on that bit of information, consider
these 4 ways to generate instant enthusiasm:
The smile is your gateway to enthusiasm. I challenge you to get engaged
in conversation with anyone who is happy and smiling and not catch the
energy. Go to you tube, look up laughing and try not to feel better.
If you look at any successful team, you'll often see that
there is a lot of smiling and laughing which creates a powerfully
If there's a mirror in your work space, take a look at how you are
sitting. Are you slumped over, head down sprawled out in your chair?
Slumping over closes your ability to breathe deeply from your
belly or diaphram. It's been proven that when you breathe deeply, you
allow more oxygen to reach your brain and you think more clearly and
things look brighter.
So, imagine there's a string connected to the crown of your
head and its pulling you up straight out of the chair. Allow your spine
to straighten, your head to be higher and your rib cage more open and
breathe deeply, feeling your belly expand. Feels good doesn't it?
How many times have you heard someone say to you "Just walk it off"
when you are feeling upset or out of sorts? It's true that physical
energy changes your focus and gets the blood moving through the lungs
and into the brain.
Negative thinking blinds us to our possibilities. As I mentioned
earlier, enthusiasm is totally a choice. You can choose to be happy or
you can choose to be crappy, but ultimately, it all comes down to the
choice you make.You have to learn to let go of the things that are
dragging you down. Asking yourself better questions can help to release
the chains of negative thinking. Instead of whining "why me", you could
ask "How can I profit from this?" or "Why not me?"
Many people who have experienced hard times become so "me"
focused that they can only see themselves as a victim, while all around
them is opportunity. Refuse to join that crowd, you are the master of
your ship. Step up to the rudder and steer it to where you want to go.
No one else will do it for you, and when you take control, there is no
limit to what you can create.
Act enthusiastic, and you will be enthusiastic.
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A successful salesperson, speaker and manager,
author of over 350
articles and 3 e-books, Paul Kearley has coached many thousands of
his start in the Personal and Business development business in
1985. From Premiers of provinces
to CEOís, or from
salespeople to students, Paul has assisted them all to create
confidence, improve human relations, deal effectively with stress,
sales and strengthen attitudes.
A Business coach for Dale Carnegie Business
Group, Paul is licensed to
coach in leadership, management, customer relations, personal
public speaking and sales. Paul
worked with numerous companies and organizations from developing
effectiveness with Jacques Whitford Engineering (now Stantec) to
environment where everyone sells, as he did with PEI Credit Unions, to
change stick with The Municipality for the County of Richmond and
Irvingís I.T. team to present more convincingly and with power.
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Maritimes, Paulís responsibilities include creating
a dynamic support team, building an ever-increasing client base,
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-03-19 12:02:15 in Personal Articles