Enthusiasm always makes others stand up and take notice
Inside each of us is the potential to be passionate about a dream … passionate about a goal … passionate about opportunities … passionate about finishing … passionate about winning … passionate about our future. Are you passionate about what you are doing? Do you love what you do? On a scale of one to ten (ten being high), how would you rate the alignment of your personal and professional goals and lifestyle?
It is said that one person with passion makes a greater impact than the passive force of ninety-nine who have only interests. Too often many of us only have interests and not enough passion to get things done. Where there is passion you will find enthusiasm and … any atmosphere immediately changes for better when you add enthusiasm to the mix. Have you ever worked in a team where there was no passion and enthusiasm for the work? I have, and I can tell you it was no fun, especially if you are the only one with drive and the go-getter spirit working to bring life and energy to the team (it eventually takes a toll on you).
What gets your heart racing these days? What are you hungry to learn and know more about? What do you daydream about doing? What captures your heart and attention? If you are currently leading a team what is the energy level of the team and what is the team passionate about? How enthusiastic is your team to accomplish the designated goals?
I believe that passion does not start with talent … it starts with desire. Desire plus passion equals power. Passion will take you and your team places and cause you and your team to accomplish things you would never do without it. This is why it is so important in your leadership role to know how to inspire and build enthusiasm in your team. Take a look around you … interview some successful leaders and you will discover that nothing significant was ever achieved without some level of enthusiasm.
A CEO once told me that most of the winning leaders on his executive leadership team were ex-losers who got passionate about fighting for a common purpose. The worst bankruptcy in any organization is the employee who has lost his/her enthusiasm. Why? When you add passion and emotion (aka enthusiasm) to belief in accomplishing a goal … it becomes conviction. Belief agrees with facts and conviction brings persistent action to fuel belief (especially in challenging times). When your employee has neither belief nor conviction, it is time to make the tough decision regarding who stays and who goes, otherwise you run the risk of loss productivity and missing your goals.
When you or your team are driven by passionate conviction … you can move mountains and accomplish goals others view as impossible.
So … what are you passionate about? How are you building enthusiasm in your team? What are you and your team willing to fight for?
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To your continued success!