This is one of the most important keys to success. Og Mandino has it connected so well to a successful and meaningful life. As I read this quote this morning, sitting at home (from a snow day off of work) with a copy of my "Eight O-Clock" brand coffee, it got me thinking as to how fired up I get towards things that I'm doing in my life. Teaching and Coaching - things that have gotten me to where I am today along with where it's taking me in my future too.
Looking back however, I did not really take the view of what I was doing. I always knew I enjoyed what I was doing, but now I can attach that word and idea of being enthusiastic (or what I call - being fired up) over what I do. Let me tell you - what a difference it has made for me. With all the things going on in the world, especially in the field of education, if I wasn't "fired up" over my job I might be doing something else today.
That enthusiasm has translated in to helping me become re-energized not only about my career, but my future as well. I've been having these ideas that I would like to do in my life. I call dreams I guess. Since I've been awaken to the fact that I am enthused about my career - it has translated into me getting fired up about a whole bunch of things in my life, including those dreams I've had.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson stated ever so well: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm". Take a few moments as the new year gets started to see what gets you "fired up". Then start figure out how to do those things. Always looking for help - I know many of you are better at this concept than I am. I can use all the help I can get and I'm hoping I can help a few of you out too. Let me know.