Success Principle 38 – FUEL YOUR SUCCESS WITH PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM
Here is a quote you will like to remember: it was spoken by one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known, I mean Paul the Apostle:
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of his suffering, being made conformable unto the same death”
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
The word enthusiasm comes from the Greek word entheos, which means, “to be filled with God.” When you are filled with spirit, you are naturally inspired and passionate. Sometimes that passion expresses itself in a dynamic and energetic way like the hustle of a champion athlete who is “on fire.” Other times it expresses itself in a more peaceful and calm way, like the passion of Mother Teresa for ministering to the needs of the dying in Calcuta.
No doubt you know or have met people who are passionate about life and enthusiastic about their work. They can’t wait to get up in the morning and get started. They are eager and energetic. They are filled with purpose and totally committed to their mission. This kind of passion comes from loving and enjoying your work. It comes from doing what you were born to do. It comes from following your heart and trusting your joy as a guide. Enthusiasm and passion come as a result of caring about what you do. If you love your work, if you enjoy it, you’re already a success.
The question now is, how can you develop passion in the most important areas of your life? Ask yourself: Am I doing what I love to do? If you are not, and you had the choice to do anything you wanted to do, what would that be?
The most successful people I’ve met love what they do so much, they would actually do it for free. But they’re successful because they’ve found a way to make living doing what they love to do.
Pay attention, too, to those times outside of the office when you feel the happiest, the most joyous, the most connected with yourself and others. What were you doing at those times? What were you experiencing? Those events are indicators of ways you can bring passion into your life outside your day-to-day work. It tells you what you would be happiest doing with your time.
Dear reader, passion is a powerful tool for success and, as such, deserves to be an area you consistently work on.