Actual physical energy is released by enthusiasm. All of us know that from experience. Enthusiasm for something clearly gives us increased resources for accomplishing it, where distaste for a task seems to sap our energy at the outset. It would be pleasant just to do the things that we like, and avoid the uncongenial ones. But life could not be run on such lines.
Fortunately, an enthusiastic attitude is something which can
be cultivated, bringing with it all the benefits of the spontaneous. The real
basis of enthusiasm is belief! What we really believe in is what we can be
enthusiastic about. The more varied and more passionate our beliefs are, the
more vigorous will our enthusiasm be.
So, let us pick out some of the
things in life that we must learn to believe in, and then we shall find a zest
and enthusiasm overflowing in all we do.
1.We must learn to believe in ourselves:
Lack of self – confidence lies at the
root of more of our problems than we think, and it is certainly at the root of
this business of enthusiasm. When we do not trust ourselves we are afraid to
act or be hut. Yet speech and action are the two great vehicles of enthusiasm.
Many persons are paralysed, not in
their limbs but in their thoughts. They have sold themselves on a constricted
view of themselves. But such self –
appraisal is a false opinion of their own personality. Many people under –
rate, themselves. To counteract this, practice optimistic enthusiasm about your
own possibilities. Believe in your
untapped resources. Start thinking more and more not in terms of what
you are, but in terms of what you can become. Believe that you possess
significant reserves of health, energy and endurance, and your belief will help
create the fact.
2.We must learn to believe in other people:
A very common cause of a morose
attitude towards life is a cynicism and contempt for people. The study of human
nature is the most fascinating one in the world. Our interest in people is not
an academic one, but a practical one. We have to live with them, and learn to get on with them. One of
the main secrets of this art is trusting and believing in people.
To look for and discover the best in
people, to enjoy our human relationships, to gain immeasurably from what we can
receive at the hands of others, as well as having the opportunity of sharing
our own thoughts and interest with them
– this is a source of unending zest and satisfaction.
3.We must learn to believe in our job:
Do not regard work as an evil; the
means of earning a living and nothing more. No wonder it becomes a drudgery.
See the job in terms of its usefulness. If you visualise the end – product this
will give a greater sense of worth to the thing being done.
An uncongenial task can be a real
challenge to character. The fact that it is difficult can stimulate zest. We
can see ourselves as the sort of person who cannot be deterred by difficulty.
4.We must have some ideals to believe in:
We need a cause of some sort
Something we passionately believe in, work for, live for. As long as our
thoughts are turned in upon ourselves alone we shall miss the central stimulus
of enthusiasm. The cause we choose will vary according to our special interest
and convictions. It may be religious, political, social or cultural.
Knowledge is not enough. Action is essential. We can learn
enthusiasm through action. It is as we give and serve that the deepest zest for