How to Build Your Enthusiasm with Smarter Ways

How to Build Your Enthusiasm

Introduction

Whether you’re trying to become more enthusiastic about something in your life or you simply want to attract more enthusiasm from others, it’s important to understand what enthusiasm really is and how to build it. Being enthusiastic, or having enthusiasm, refers to the feelings that you experience as you focus on something positive in your life or work. It can be an emotion, an attitude, or both at the same time – it’s up to you!

How to Build Your Enthusiasm
How to Build Your Enthusiasm

1.About building enthusiasm
#1: Never force it — This is a surefire way to kill your enthusiasm. It’s impossible to fake enthusiasm and if you try, it will come off as phony, inauthentic and disingenuous. #2: Be passionate about a subject — If you are doing something that does not excite you, then do something else. If you’re sick of your current job but still want to make money at home, find something else that excites you and start making a living from it.

2.Define your goals clearly
The key to creating enthusiastic support for a cause or idea is clearly defining your goals. What are you trying to achieve? Without a clear understanding of what you’re trying to achieve, it’s unlikely that people will be as enthusiastic about supporting your efforts. Take time at the outset of any new initiative or campaign to clarify your goals and how success will be measured. Make sure that everyone involved in achieving those goals—and their supporters—are aware of them and can feel confident about them. You want anyone who supports your cause or idea to feel like they can feel confident that you know what you’re doing and have some plan in place for realizing success. If no one knows where you’re going, why would they follow?

3.Know who you are
If you are not an enthusiastic person, it’s important to understand that enthusiasm is a learned skill. If you don’t have naturally high energy levels, it doesn’t mean you can’t be enthusiastic. Instead of wishing you had more energy, use all your available resources (body language, tone of voice, etc.) to fake it ‘til you make it. Research suggests that if we act like confident people for long enough, we start believing in our own confidence and become more confident in fact. Fake your way into feeling enthusiastic about your goal and over time—with practice—you will actually become more enthusiastic about what you do. And as even most die-hard fans will tell you: enthusiasm is contagious!

4.Know where you are going
The first step in building enthusiasm is knowing what you want. It’s common for people who are new to an idea or concept to automatically think they are enthusiastic about it, but that enthusiasm usually fades when they realize how much work is involved. There’s nothing wrong with that—we all have different levels of drive and determination—but if you want enthusiasm, you need to know where you’re going and why it’s worth pursuing. For example, there was a time I thought I was enthusiastic about learning Chinese… until I sat down and realized it would take me eight hours a day for three months straight before I could even start having fun using language tools like WeChat, which meant less time with my wife and children.

5.Set a time limit
If you want to be enthusiastic about something, decide how long you’re going to feel that way and stick with it. For example, tell yourself that for today you’re going to be 100% enthusiastic about your work. In general, setting a time limit helps create an atmosphere of commitment that can bring out feelings of commitment in yourself. The more determined you are, the more quickly enthusiasm will build. If you find yourself feeling low or discouraged at any point during your time limit (e.g., your boss is giving you flak), don’t give up or let those feelings sink in; remember what time it is and keep going strong!

6.Create a step by step plan
Make a list of 10 things you want to do tomorrow. Look at each one and picture yourself doing it—picture yourself being enthusiastic about it. Now picture how your day will look if you accomplish all 10 items. The more real you can make these pictures in your mind, without getting bogged down by reality or obstacles that might get in your way, the more enthusiasm you will feel and thus have at any given moment when you need it. The best way to achieve anything is with enthusiasm.

7.Get the right mindset
The most important thing you can do is get your mindset right. If you think building enthusiasm will be difficult, you’re going to have a much more difficult time than if you approach it as something that’s fun and easy. Everyone has enthusiasm in them; it’s just a matter of getting it out and directing it toward your goal. So don’t think about how hard building enthusiasm will be for you personally; instead, focus on how awesome your life will be once you build up enough of an arsenal of motivation tools. It won’t always be easy, but when that’s what happens — remind yourself how worthwhile what you’re working toward is and keep going.

8.Visualize your success story
If you’re facing a big project, or struggling with motivation in general, give yourself a few minutes of positive visualization. If you can see yourself succeeding at whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish, research shows that your chances of success actually increase. So if you want to build your enthusiasm and make it more likely that you’ll reach your goals, close your eyes and picture all of your favorite things about whatever it is that motivates you. Then open them up again and keep going!

9.Act like you have already reached your goal
When you believe that you’ve already achieved your goal, you set in motion a powerful motivation to take action. If a piece of pie is sitting on your plate and you’re hungry, it doesn’t matter how enticing it looks—you’re not going to eat it. However, if you really want that piece of pie, take several bites out of it and put it back on your plate.

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