What gets you excited?
From the desk of Joel.
I had a conversation with a friend recently. He was trying to make a decision about a logo design. There were some examples that were basic and others I described as boring. And then there were other designs that were fun and carried life in them. From an outside perspective, his choice wouldn’t have any huge impact either way he went. So I urged him to pick the one that made him smile.
We have a tendency as humans to play it safe. Our hope is that by playing it safe, we can guarantee a certain baseline of happiness (or quality of life.) We think: “Controlling our life is better than taking a chance at something greater.” Well, playing it safe is not being in control. You can only take control when you grab life by the horns. As Teddy Roosevelt would famously put it: “Daring Greatly.”
I would say the EASIEST way to grab life by the horns is to ask yourself a question:
What do I get excited about?
It can be something as simple as listening to an album from your favorite music artist. Or it may be hopping on your scooter and riding down to the local ice cream shoppe to meet some friends. For some people, volunteering gives them a special jolt of excitement.
For others it is waking up early to find the best version of themselves staring back at them in the mirror at the gym with no one else around. Maybe you have the most excitement when you are gardening!
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object.”
He summed it up with this quote:
Nothing great was ever achieved without ENTHUSIASM!
So, go get excited about something. Then, keep doing it!
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