7 BILLION PEOPLE (and counting) living on the Earth today. Diverse tribes, different faces, unique thumbprints. Yet a few things about life on planet earth are universal.
Like when you start something new.
The passion, the fire and zeal burns flaming hot
… for a while.
Then after some time it seems your enthusiasm smolders away. Especially when things don’t seem to be progressing as you planned.
It seems inevitable that enthusiasm will naturally fade away if you don’t consciously maintain it. And a lack of enthusiasm obviously leads to low productivity.
Henry Ford once said that “enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment”. This is even more so for us as Christians. Paul said in Romans 12 that we should not be slothful in business but be enthusiastic in service. Tall order for me, I don’t know about you.
But over time, here are a few simple tips that have helped me maintain my enthusiasm:
- First, I talk to God about it because He is the one that works in me both to will and to do his good pleasure. And since He expects me to serve Him in the works of my hands with enthusiasm then he will also be an expert in helping me maintain enthusiasm. This has helped me much because God always injects me a fresh burst of energy whenever I ask Him.
- Secondly, I ruminate on the vision again. Basically I spend time thinking on what I hoped to achieve and why I started out in the first place. I focus on the benefits I hope to derive from it which is mainly quantified in things like results, degree of fulfillment, impact in someone’s life, etc. This helps me recapture some of the enthusiasm I experienced when I started out.
- Thirdly, I celebrate little results. Even though things may not have panned out as I expected, I endeavor to focus on the successes and not the setbacks. Once I was having a discussion with my small group in Enugu and someone in the group said that something I had mentioned from the pulpit liberated her from her old way of thinking. Wow! That simple testimony stirred my zeal afresh. As I focus on those little and seemingly insignificant successes, I get the pump to move on.
- Finally, I determine to keep moving no matter the circumstances. There are still moments when it would seem like no reason is inspiring enough, but even when I don’t feel enthusiastic about what I’m doing, I pick myself up to do it anyway. Interestingly by so doing, most times I find myself back into the joy of doing it.
So don’t give-up. You need to stay in the game if you want to maintain enthusiasm.
My list is definitely not exhaustive. If you have any tips/technique that has worked for you please share it in the comment box. It will help me as well as many others. Thanks.