Enthusiasm speaks to your passion. Enthusiasm is the excitement, the keen interest, the passion, the fire, and the obsession you feel when you are doing an activity that ignites you.
A recent Gallup poll shows that 70% of Americans either hate their jobs or are completely disengaged. What might be responsible? Lack of enthusiasm. To live your life by design, you have to know what you have enthusiasm for—what you are passionate about.
Your enthusiasm ignites you
You find what you have enthusiasm for when you find something that ignites you, something you can do and continue to do even when you are tired.
The activities that you are passionate about are great indication of who you should be, where you should be, and what you should be doing.
If you are not doing what you have enthusiasm for or what you are passionate about, it might be because you have allowed people to talked you out of it.
You might have been told that the activities you are passionate about will not put money in your pocket, but you know that you are not doing this for your pocket, you’re doing it for your purpose.
You might have been told that the kind of work you have enthusiasm for will not allow you to save enough for retirement, but you know you are not doing this for your pension, you’re doing it for your passion.
The activities that you are passionate about are great indication of who you should be, where you should be, and what you should be doing. — Saji Ijiyemi
You know you have found what you have enthusiasm for when you find something you love to do regardless of whether you are paid to do it or not, something you are happy to do when others are complaining about it. This is your enthusiasm. This is your passion.
You invest in what you have enthusiasm for
Another clue to what you have enthusiasm for is to pay attention to the subjects you love to debate passionately.
If you have to pay for a seminar, a conference, or a workshop, what kind of conference will you pay for?
If you have to buy a book for your growth and development, besides textbooks or a book that is recommended to pass a professional exam, what kinds of books will you invest in? All these speaks to your passion, they ignite you.
If you want to live your life by design, find what you are passionate about.
Your enthusiasm makes you come alive
You want to pause right now and ask yourself, “What I am doing right now, is it killing me or is it making me come alive?” If what you spend majority of your time on a work that is not making you come alive I challenge you not to settle.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do, if you have not found it yet, keep looking, don’t settle — Steve Jobs
I know you will find that, so keep looking.
I am excited when people tell me they are inspired by talking to me. I am happy when people tell me they feel energized after connecting with me or talking to me because I’m passionate about empowering people, giving them information that could accelerate their success, and asking them questions that will make them to see their situation in a different light.
Here is an email I received from Greg:
This kind of testimonial gives me more energy to continue to empower people.
I know there is something you have enthusiasm for. I know there is something that fires up your passion. Only you know it and you are even thinking about it right now.
Your enthusiasm is who you should be
Listen to your heart, that is who should be, that is where you should be, and that is what you should be doing.
If you want to live your life by design, I will suggest that you write down three activates you love to do without thinking of the pay or the popularity of the activity. You just love to do these things.
These are what you have enthusiasm for, passionate about, fires you up, and excites you.
If you can invest your time in these activities, you will live your life by design, and not by default.