“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”
My trusty Century Dictionary positively bubbles over when it comes to defining “enthusiasm.” First it gives the Greek root meaning: “be divinely inspired” and “possessed by a god,” then its current usage: “absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit; passionate zeal; ardor…” An “enthusiast” is “…a person of ardent zeal.”
“Ardent” — now, that’s another savory word: “Burning, fiery, or hot;” also, “glowing, as with feeling, eagerness, zeal.”
To be burning, glowing, fiery, consumed by passionate zeal — what a gift! Wouldn’t it be thrilling if we could bring an abundance of ardent zeal, boatloads of it, to the page whenever we write? With our minds and hearts on fire, what power our words would have: How they’d swoop and linger!
Who wouldn’t want to be ardent and passionate instead of lukewarm or lackluster when it comes to the energy we bring to the page? Can we strengthen our “enthusiasm” muscle? Yes, according to Frank Bettger, author of the classic guide, How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling. It starts with a rousing chapter on the life-changing impact of enthusiasm well worth reading. A few inspiring tidbits:
“Can you acquire enthusiasm, or must you be born with it? Certainly, you can
“Enthusiasm isn’t merely an outward expression. Once you begin to acquire it, enthusiasm works constantly within you.”
“It will help you overcome fear, become more successful in business, make more money, and enjoy a healthier, richer, and happier life.”
“When can you begin? Right now. Just say to yourself, ‘This is one thing I can do.'”
“How can you begin? There is just one rule:
To become enthusiastic — act enthusiastic.”
“Put this rule into action for thirty days and be prepared to see astonishing results. It may easily revolutionize your entire life.”
A bold promise, but enthusiasm delivers: Write on with ardent zeal!