I have been out of sorts for several weeks. Hearing Mark talk about denial and anger this week really, really, REALLY hit home. I gave myself a kick in the rear to get going here again.
I pulled out an old book that I read long ago. The book , Enthusiasm Makes the Difference by Norman Vincent Peale. In the first chapter he writes, “For I truly believe that enthusiasm makes the difference between success and failure.”
I know this is what Mark, Davene, Trish and Derek have said in so many different ways. Not only have they said it they live it. I long for that enthusiasm. Somewhere along the way, long ago, I lost my enthusiasm. These past weeks I have been painfully aware of this and angry that I can’t get enthusiastic about anything.
A little further along he says, ” Enthusiasm can truly make a difference — the difference in how your life will turn out. …..”
How, when or why I lost my enthusiasm is also lost but that really isn’t important. Wandering around in history to try and figure out what happened or how it happened is counterproductive. What is important is to find a way to rekindle it.
Frank Bettger in his book How I raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling tells of his early experience a professional baseball player on a minor league team. He believed that you either have it or you don’t. His friend said ” You’re wrong. Make yourself ACT enthusiastic. It’s as simple as that”.
Norman Vincent Peale’s book is full of examples and ideas all of which intertwine with the Master Keys and what Mark and Davene have been teaching. Mark and Davene have handed me the tools to make this work.
I know it is what I want. I know I can do it. I know I can be an example to others who are searching for their purpose. I keep pushing myself to USE those wonderful tools that have been handed to me. To do the work. To break away from my old blueprint. To pull myself out of this hole and get busy.
Enthusiasm is the magic ingredient. I will find that spark, that enthusiasm once again because I will persist until I do.