This week I want to talk to you about “Never Underestimating The Transformative Power of Enthusiasm.”
I was on vacation two weeks ago in Walla Walla playing golf with my good friend Scott May. Scott if you’re watching, I’m going to talk about you and golf.
Scott loves golf. I think he may be addicted to golf, but that’s a separate Monday Morning Minute. Scott is someone who will spend an hour, or more, the night before playing a good course reviewing each hole and calculating distances for each shot. To which I’m thinking, “are you crazy?”
But here’s the thing, when we got to the course the next morning Scott’s enthusiasm for playing golf was absolutely contagious. Scott was a kid in a candy store and I got swept up in his enthusiasm. Now I’m not a good golfer. I don’t practice, every once in awhile I hit a good shot, but ladies and gentlemen Scott’s enthusiasm was transformative and contagious. I wanted to be around Scott because he was so terribly enthusiastic.
The same thing happens in the world of work. Imagine working for a leader that was absolutely IN LOVE with their work; they were so enthusiastic that they swept you up in their enthusiasm and you in turn devoted more time to understanding the subtle and intricate nuances of your work and the people in it. If you had that kind of enthusiasm you would be the pied piper throughout your organization. People would gravitate toward you because of your enthusiasm.
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what we need in the world of work. We need people to be genuinely enthusiastic and passionate about what they do…and it starts with you. Whenever a leader is ho hum, very nice you know, and they’re simply going through the motions you’ll never create anything extraordinary. There will be nothing exemplary.
This week, if you want to have a more effective workweek, find that one piece of your job that just grabs hold of you and will not let go. When you do, people will gravitate toward you and they will want to be around you because you are absolutely engaged in what you do. If you do that, you’re going to have a fabulous week. You won’t shoot par, but you’ll have a fabulous week.