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The Strength of Enthusiasm

Get Excited, Get Very Excited!


By Sharon S. Esonis, Ph.D.
Date: 02/17/2013


"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."
French Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch

I have a magnificent gift for you! You can call this strength enthusiasm, passion, vitality, zest, exuberance or whatever word means a quest in which you are on fire, delighted, deeply engaged, energetic, loving the pursuit and actively taking your talents and emotions to their outer limits.

The Latin word enthusiasmus means literally "to be inspired by a god." Enthusiasm is about living deeply, finding what inspires you and discovering what sets your creative soul apart from everyone else.

Enthusiastic people live well. They experience excitement, success in attaining their visions and dreams, creativity, happiness and confidence. They are undaunted by obstacles and challenges, suffer few regrets and every now and then even accomplish the impossible.

One of the joys of my profession is helping people identify and pursue what makes them feel alive. It’s amazing to behold their discovery that with Enthusiasm, they can have their cake and eat it too! Enthusiasm and practicality do not have to be mutually exclusive concepts. In fact, they actually enhance one another. You can follow your dreams and take care of all your responsibilities, all at the same time. What a deal!

To cultivate the strength of Enthusiasm, it’s important to ask yourself several questions: What are your abilities and gifts? What activities or interests excite and energize you? What activities in the past excited and energized you? What would give greater meaning and purpose to your life? What rejuvenates you when you are out of energy? What does success mean to you? What factors get in the way of your pursuit of Enthusiasm? Once you have given these some thought, consider the ways you can move toward your passion:

  • Dream, dream, dream and develop a vision
  • Confront your fears and be willing to take risks
  • Adopt an optimistic attitude; believe enthusiasm will make your future bright
  • Take responsibility for your passion and dreams
  • Don’t allow anyone’s expectations to interfere with your vitality
  • Spend time with enthusiastic people
  • Share and model enthusiasm
  • Read and research about your passions
  • Shadow others who are doing what you want to do; find a mentor
  • Believe that living with passion is your right and responsibility

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If you’d like to discover your own Positive Path, one that can lead to a life of fulfillment and ultimate personal power, contact Sharon Esonis at (760) 746-7284, or send an email to thepositivepath@cox.net.