Virtue: Enthusiasm

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What is Enthusiasm?

Enthusiasm is a feeling of excitement, of eager enjoyment, of lively interest in an idea, a person, a situation, a project or a belief. Being enthusiastic  will lift you, and others,  from  pessimistic thoughts and behaviors. Being enthusiastic is being connected to the overwhelming creative energy we all have inside.

The word “enthusiasm” has its root in the Greek language, and it means “the God inside”. How wonderful and empowering is that? The best part: we have access to it, if we chose to tap into that fire within us.

What do WE FEEL when we practice it?

When we are enthusiastic, we feel determination in our actions, we feel sure of ourselves, we feel happy and strong. We see numerous possibilities and if challenges arise, we see various solutions.

What do OTHERS FEEL  when we practice it?

Enthusiasm is contagious.  How do you feel when talking to someone who is enthusiastic about something, excitedly talking about it, their face beaming, their voice tone uplifting, their smile wide? Do you want that same feeling? Do you want what they have? I do. I feel so happy when I’m around enthusiastic people. Any problem looks conquerable, every goal appears attainable, life looks so much better through the eyes of someone who is enthusiastic.

What negative traits and feelings does it conquer?

When we practice enthusiasm, the weight of negative thoughts and worries is lifted, and we feel empowered to keep fighting, living, dreaming and connecting. Enthusiasm brings hope, hope brings renewed energy, and this energy will get us moving towards what we desire.

Personal Story about practicing Enthusiasm:

Well, I can remember numerous times when enthusiasm, naturally born of my heart or as a result of a conscious decision, has affected my life. Always in a positive way. For example, in my studies: I have been working on completing my Bachelor’s degree online since 2008, which is quite a long time, and the reason for this is that I, as you might know, have a family (hubby and 4 kids), work from home (web and graphic design) and do basically everything in our home (cleaning, cooking, etc). So I’ve been able to take only a few classes at a time. So as you might imagine sometimes I get discouraged, tired and overwhelmed, but when I decide to be enthusiastic, thinking about what my goals are, why I’m doing what I’m doing, the energy returns, my face has a smile again, and I am able to move forward. For me it’s all about deciding to be enthusiastic. It works.

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Tips for putting Enthusiasm into action:

There are a few things you can do with your body to start feeling the enthusiasm on the inside: you can smile, sit up straight, and make eye contact with others. These small actions will help you prepare the way for the true feelings of enthusiasm. How could we feel enthusiastic if we look sad, sit or walk all slouched, and our gaze is fixed to the ground?

To get the enthusiasm ball rolling, dream freely in your mind and let others know what you are excited about. Give whatever it is you’re doing 100% of you, really get into it. Remember that enthusiasm is a decision, just like happiness. We cannot wait for enthusiasm to come after something else happens. We must decide to feel it and practice it. Then, in consequence many great things will happen.

If you have a hard time realizing what enthusiasm feel like, think about the time you learned how to ride a bike: you were exited, committed, afraid and saw yourself, in your imagination, riding that bike! That energy, excitement, hope and fun is what enthusiasm feels like! If you apply this virtue in everything you do, oh girl, you will no doubt be a happier person.

Enthusiasm Affirmation:

  • Choosing to be enthusiastic energizes me.
  • Enthusiasm is a habit that I practice every day.
  • Everything I do, I do with excitement and energy.
  • I am at all times energized by the possibilities of life.
  • I am thrilled and energized about the future I am creating for myself every day.
  • I am excited about life, and I am so excited to be here, now, at this precise moment and place.
  • I feel a profound enthusiasm for life, and I project positive energy to everyone I meet.
  • Life empowers and energizes me, and with every breath I take, I am bringing more and more enthusiasm into my life.

Quotes on Enthusiasm:

“There are four qualities which I love to see manifested in people: first, enthusiasm and courage; second, a face wreathed in smiles and a radiant countenance; third, that they see all things with their own eyes and not through the eyes of others; forth, the ability to carry a task, once begun, through to its end.”  Baha’u’llah

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul” by Samuel Ullman

“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gut. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas” Henry Ford

“Today is life – the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”  Dale Carnegie

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm”  Winston Churchill

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm” Aldous Huxley

Books that talk, among other important topics, about Enthusiasm:

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams
by Deepak Chopra

10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace
by Dr. Wayne Dyer

You Can Heal Your Life
by Louise Hay

Enthusiasm Makes the Difference
by Dr. Norman Vincet Peale

180 Ways to Spread Contagious Enthusiasm… The “How To” Handook for Everyone
by Barbara A. Glanz

 

 

Loving Plan of Action

Get in the mood for enthusiasm by telling yourself what you are thankful for, what you are proud of yourself for and how you will feel once the task or goal is completed.

 

Sweet Idea

Write a list of all the things that you are thankful for Write another list of all the things, moments, people, feelings that make you happy. Write how you would feel inside if everything in your life would be just as you want it, then concentrate in this feeling and try to hold it as long as possible. Come back to this feeling and read your lists every time you feel sad or discouraged. This WILL help tremendously.

 

Soulful Mamahood’s Short Articles about Virtues

Virtues are good and desirable qualities or traits that we develop throughout our life. Virtues are the fruits that we manifest  after careful and constant care of the spiritual seeds that we are born with. Virtues, like honesty, courage and perseverance,  are the highest manifestations of our soul and are the greatest assets we can acquire in life. They open up opportunities for us, they bring us happiness and wellbeing. The more we use them, the stronger they become. They cause our character to find oneness with our own soul and with our Divine Source.

Is it easy to acquire virtues? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. However,  that’s okay because the end result will always be a good one. All we need to do is NOT GIVE UP! For example if we are working to become more FRIENDLY, and it’s really hard for us to be friendly to people we really do not like, if we keep trying, in the most genuine way, even though it might be very difficult, eventually we will be generally friendly, regardless of who the recipient of our virtue is. If we are not giving the practice of this virtue all of our intention, we might think “oh, I just can’t do it… so and so is just a terrible person and I just can’t be friendly with him!” This might seem like a good justification to give up, or to make the recipients of the virtue exclusively those we like, and this might fly for a while, but we know, deep inside that this in no way confirms any illusion that this cannot be done. It CAN be done. We CAN be friendly with those we do not like.

Through these short articles, I intend to open up the door for you to further investigate each and every one of the spiritual virtues, and to help us, and our children, stay in the upward spiral of inner development.

The information you find here is based on my personal experience and opinion, and supported by the writings of brilliant and dedicated authors to whom I make direct reference when their work is included.

Remember this: the more we use these virtues, the stronger they become.

Nayyan

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