Week 6: Enthusiasm
“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.” –Henry Ford
“Enthusiasm breeds energy and if you are energetic, nothing is impossible. That is why it is said that nothing happens without enthusiasm.” —Anonymous
“What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists…and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want…and are fully determined not to quit until you get it.” — Alexander Graham Bell
“You Can Do It if You Believe You Can!”
Lesson Six is Enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is defined as “a state of mind that inspires and arouses one to put action into the task at hand.” Enthusiasm is the most important factor in sales and public speaking. Enthusiasm will make work far more exciting and easy. Enthusiasm is a vital force that can be developed and used. The procedure to develop it is simple – do the kind of work you like and make sure your actions are leading toward the achievement of your definite chief aim.
The main power of enthusiasm is that it is contagious – which magnifies its power. Hill mentions a sales insight: it is not so much what you say as it is the tone and manner in which you say it that makes a lasting impression. In this example, enthusiasm makes all the difference in the world.
To sell others, you must first believe in it. Quoting Napoleon Hill: “No one can afford to express, through words or acts, anything that is not in harmony with their own belief-and if they do, they must pay by their loss of their ability to influence others.”
He illustrates this by describing a lucrative opportunity presented to him by a foreign government to visit their country and write favorable impressions and opinions about their political system. The money offered was more than he could ever hope to spend in his lifetime – yet he refused because he did not believe in the political system of the country. Therefore, he knew his writing would be ineffective.
Hill tells us to write out our definite chief aim, in clear, simple language and read it nightly before retiring. This allows enthusiasm to build. “Enthusiasm is the mainspring of the mind that urges one to put knowledge into action”.
The author continues this lesson with a discussion of the psychology of clothing. Being well-dressed makes a great impression on all current and potential business associates, as well as increasing the wearer’s enthusiasm and self-confidence.
Hill concludes this lesson with a discussion of what he calls “the seven deadly horsemen”: intolerance, greed, revenge, egotism, suspicion, jealousy and “?”. He describes the destructive effects of the six “horsemen” listed and challenges the reader to ask how many of these destructive influences will affect progress.
He then asks the reader to take inventory and give the seventh “horseman (“?”) a name that fits whatever they find in their own mind (i.e., dishonesty, procrastination, uncontrolled sex drive, etc.). The purpose here is to see yourself as you are [not] -and then work on correcting these false premises.
Lesson 7 – Enthusiasm
- The simple procedure that will guarantee you unlimited enthusiasm.
- How you can harness your enthusiasm … and use it for profit.
- The principle of Suggestion … and how you can use it to your advantage.
- Why how you say something is more important than what you say.
- The three things that you need to harmonize in order to influence somebody.
- How to use the law of association properly to get what you want.
- The one thing in the world that gives you real and enduring power.
- A simple three-step process to develop your enthusiasm.
- Why we need more that knowledge alone to be a success.
- How the secret of what you wear has a dramatic impact on your success.
- How to change your day-to-day routine so it can lead to success.
- The seven “deadly enemies” (false premises) inside your head … and why your success is measured by how well you pivot them in to positive aspects.
ENTHUSIASM is a state of mind that inspires and arouses one to put action into the task at hand. It does more than this – it is contagious, and vitally affects not only the enthusiast, but all with whom he comes in contact.
Enthusiasm bears the same relationship to a human being that steam does to the locomotive-it is the vital moving force that impels action.
The greatest leaders of men are those who know how to inspire enthusiasm in their followers.
HOW ENTHUSIASM WILL AFFECT YOU
Mix enthusiasm with your work and it will not seem hard or monotonous.
Enthusiasm will so energize your entire body that you can get along with less than half the usual amount of sleep and at the same time it will enable you to perform from two to three times as much work as you usually perform in a given period, without fatigue.
Enthusiasm is not merely a figure of speech; it is a vital force that you can harness and use with profit.
Enthusiasm is the vital force with which you recharge your body and develop a dynamic personality. Some people are blessed with natural enthusiasm, while others must acquire it.
The procedure through which it may be developed is simple. It begins by the doing of the work or rendering of the service which one likes best.
Happiness, the final object of all human effort, is a state of mind that can be maintained only through the hope of future achievement. Happiness lies always in the future and never in the past. The happy person is the one who dreams of heights of achievement that are yet unattained.
HOW YOUR ENTHUSIASM WILL AFFECT OTHERS
Suggestion is the principle through which your words and your acts and even your state of mind ONE of the most valuable things any can learn is the art of using the knowledge and experience of others. That you may comprehend the far-reaching power of suggestion, let me refer to the Introductory Lesson, in which the principle of telepathy is described.
If you now understand and accept the principle of telepathy (the communication of thought from one mind to another without the aid of signs, symbols or sounds) as a reality, you of course understand why enthusiasm is contagious, and why it influences all within its radius.
When your own mind is vibrating at a high rate, because it has been stimulated with enthusiasm, that vibration registers in the minds of all within its radius, and especially in the minds of those with whom you come in close contact.
That which you say is an important factor in the operation of the principle of suggestion, but not nearly so important as that which you do. Your acts will count for more than your words, and you must harmonize the two.
Your thoughts constitute the most important of the three ways in which you apply the principle of suggestion, for the reason that they control the tone of your words and, to some extent at least, your actions. If your thoughts and your actions and your words harmonize, you are bound to influence those with whom you come in contact, more or less toward your way of thinking.
TUNE YOURSELF TO A CREATION STATION
Get creative! Do something that allows your dreams and desires manifest in physical form… like a dream board or magical creation box or create a wall for manifesting.
Use this practice to enhance your imagination as well as spark your enthusiasm and excitement for creating your dreams.
Fast forward to December 31st 2012, and your taking a moment to appreciate all that you’ve created this year, all the places you’ve gone, and all the amazing people you’ve met… what are some to the best moments and highlights that bring you the most joy, excitement, and enthusiasm?!
Levels II & III: Read Lesson 5 on Imagination in The Law of Success Book for next week. Note these are big chapters so pace yourself and make a commitment to read every day. Take notes as you go along, and STICK WITH IT!
Level III: Listen to the Your Wish Is Your Command CD Series: Sample of Disc 7
A CAREFUL inventory of all your past experiences may disclose the startling fact that everything has happened for the best.
Yes, enthusiasm is a vital force; so vital, in fact, that no man who has it highly developed can begin even to approximate his power of achievement.
Based upon the Golden Rule, inspire people to keep up courage and deal with one another squarely.
If a man preach the Golden Rule as a sound rule of conduct his words will fall upon deaf ears if he does not practice that which he preaches.
Kindle the fire of enthusiasm in your heart, and keep it burning, before very long the obstacles that now stand in the way of your attainment of that purpose will melt away as if by the force of magic, and you will find yourself in possession of power that you did not know you possessed.
Remember, suggestion and enthusiasm go hand in hand!
Suggestion is the law through which mental healers work what appear to be miracles.
This meditation is the offered to enhance your creativity; as we have seen creativity, imagination, and enthusiasm are all close cousins in the family of dream building… Enjoy!