Tuesday, June 12, 2018

“If you approach each new person you meet in a spirit of adventure, you will find yourself endlessly fascinated by the new channels of thought and experience and personality that you encounter.” ~~Eleanor Roosevelt

“Live your truth.  Express your love.  Share your enthusiasm.  Take action towards your dreams.  Walk your talk.  Dance and sing to your music.  Embrace your blessings.  Make today worth remembering.  ~~Steve Maraboli

“Enthusiasm is a divine possession.”  ~~Margaret Sanger
Statement #11
 “Enthusiasm is my daily exercise.”
I treasure the moments of my New Life.
Can you feel it?  The enthusiasm and joy from Conference weekend has been spread across the country, across the world even, brought to life from one woman’s past determination and enthusiasm for a New Life.  Through her own discoveries, our founder, Jean Kirkpatrick, Ph.D, opened a portal for incredible possibility.  Through this portal, enthusiasm continues to grow and evolve.

Our opening ceremony certainly evolved, and we let go…literally!  Moving and magical, whispers of enthusiasm began to build. Saturday morning, Karlee Fain, our inviting keynote speaker took us into thrive mode, sending us off to empowering workshops and wonder.  Auction time filled our hearts and our totes with brightly colored quilts, masterpieces, an absolutely stunning scrapbook and many other gems to either share or sweetly savor.

Statement #11 was in full display during karaoke on Saturday night and we closed our weekend securing our connections.  Feeling refreshed and renewed, emails and phone numbers were shared, and new friendships cemented. Thank you for being a part of this treasured weekend.  Ride your wave of enthusiasm!

Hi 4C Women,
The conference was a joyful, enthusiastic, soulful event. We bonded with understanding and acceptance. I am a loss to fully express the loving support shared throughout the weekend and that doesn't happen often for me. Nancy Cross once wrote that Enthusiasm is like the jet fuel for motivation. How do we sustain it? Are we running on empty, so busy with everyday tasks that we lose our enthusiasm for even the smallest moments of joy or those spontaneous moments?

Here are some tips I found online to the question of how to keep yourself motivated from ineedmotivation.com/10-ways-to-have-amazing-enthusiasm:

Be passionate ~ Be grateful ~ Be positive ~ Be proud ~ Be proactive ~ Be reasonable ~ Be enlightened ~ Be evolving

These are a few tips on being passionate in order to continue feeling enthusiasm:

What puts a smile on your face? Is there a particular event, a particular topic that makes your whole face just lighten up? Whatever it is that makes you smile, and makes you happy whenever you encounter it, this is a sign of something you are passionate about. I truly believe that happiness and passion walk hand in hand. Both require each other. So following what makes you truly happy is a wonderful way to figuring out what you were put on Earth for. Think about something that you do or that perhaps you used to do that brings total peace to you when you do it. Peace is happiness, and happiness is passion.

What do you find easy?  Usually, what we find easy for us to do, will be related to what we are passionate about. It’s very hard to hate something that is very easy for us! For example, let’s say you are naturally good at playing the piano, you will find the activity easy, and this ease makes it much more fun for you. Fun leads to happiness and happiness is synonymous with passion  So assess everything that you do, whatever it is that you find really easy and fun, this may very well be your passion. And don’t think that anything is off limits or silly. 

What sparks your creativity?  Think about something in your life where you seem to always expand its horizon, always coming up with new, fun, and exciting ideas relating to that subject. Whatever makes you creative, is probably something that you are very passionate about.

What would you do for free?  In this society, we are ruled by the almighty dollar. That’s the way the system works, and that’s the game we have to play. The problem is, this leads many people to seek making money first, instead of what makes them happy. I have read countless number of stories about stock brokers and doctors for example, leaving their high paying positions to follow what they really love. There is a reason for that. I truly believe that if you follow what you are passionate about without thinking about if it will make you rich or not, you will end up being successful. Doing what you have a passion for brings out your best, and this leads to greatness. Greatness breezes to success. Do you think that the most successful people in the world got to where they are because they wanted to get rich? Absolutely not, they did what they were so passionate about, and their immense success was just a byproduct of their dedication. So think about something that you would just love to do, even if you were not getting paid. Think about something that you look forward to do, something that you wish you could do all the time.

What do you like to talk about?  The topics of conversation we have can definitely tell what we are interested in, and this is a good way to find out what we really enjoy in life. Most of the time, we aren’t totally aware of this. This is why, a very good way to figure this out properly, is to ask your friends. Ask them what they believe you like to talk about the most. Ask them what topic makes your eyes brighten up, and changes your entire behavior. I can guarantee you that some of their answers will be surprising to you. Some of these things weren’t that clear to you, but your friends can see the reaction on your face that you can’t see yourself. Try it out, it’s a very insightful exercise, and one that can direct you closer to figuring out your passion.

What makes you unafraid of failure?  When we do what we are passionate about, we have total confidence in our abilities. This makes us not worry about failing, because in our mind, how can we fail when we do what we love? Doing what you love is a success in and of itself, so failure is like an impossibility. Think of something that you just do or want to do, no matter what. Something that you do not have second thoughts about. Think about something that you feel you must do and that failure is not even a concern of yours, because the mere act of doing it is like the journey and the destination all wrapped up in one. This may very well be your true passion.

This last one reminded me of the encouraging words we heard throughout the weekend. It's all about trying, facing the fear and letting it go in order to fill our lives with something that provides meaning, joy and enthusiasm. What would that be for you? Bonded in treasuring those moments of enthusiasm in our New Life,
4C WFS Member
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