“Hey Bobby, you’re pointing your enthusiasm in the wrong direction.” That’s what Billy, a high school friend of mine, would say when I began complaining about anything. He’d say it to be funny, but there was more truth to the statement that I then realized.
If you are living and breathing right now, then you have plenty of enthusiasm. Your eager anticipation to be productive, to make a difference in the world – that’s enthusiasm.
If there’s anything in the world that you desire to experience – that, right there, is a form of enthusiasm.
And, if you’re feeling nervous about anything – that’s your enthusiasm with lack of direction. It doesn’t know where to go; it hasn’t been given a direction in which to flow.
Enthusiasm needs something toward which to aim. In order to be productive, you must give it an objective. Look around for something that needs your directed enthusiasm, and then throw yourself into the matter. You will be astonishingly surprised at what you can accomplish.
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill. You don’t really lose your enthusiasm, but, as mentioned earlier, you are pointing it in the wrong direction when you’re feeling nervous about your failures.