Today I’m reflecting on enthusiasm. I love the word. Enthusiasm is derived from the roots en — in or within — and theos — God. It means having God within or being one with God. Imagine that. I’m done with playing God, but I’d love to remember that His spirit dwells within me. I’d love to explore my creativity a lot more, knowing that there’s an endless source within me.
Reflecting On Enthusiasm
I’m a good starter of projects. I sometimes have the best ideas. Then I start, enthusiastically. But I often give up and don’t see things through.
Late 2019, I created and started to run a pilot course – Creating Wholeheartedly. A 13 week course, it went into 2020 and you know what happened! But we continued, moving from an offline format to an online format. And I completed it. From the feedback from the two participants, it was a meaningful course. Now I’ve been meaning for offer it as a paid course for the last few months, but I just haven’t got down to doing that. It’s all set up and ready to go, but I haven’t worked on offering it.
I wonder what’s keeping me from making a meaningful contribution to others through this course? A lack on enthusiasm? A lack of confidence that people will pay me to train them? Just laziness? It’s hard to say.
But now I’m determined to see this through. I need to work on being enthusiastic within.
Enthusiasm is an inside game with an outside reflection.George W. Cummings Sr.
And there’s hope for me. I can work on my inside game!
In Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote that “he allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
It’s time for me to give re-birth myself – a brand new, enthusiastic me!
I’m undertaking the #Write28Days Challenge and will be posting every day in February. I will combine this with my regular features – #MondayMusings, #FiveMinuteFriday and #100WordsOnSaturday.
Cheering for you, Corinne. I appreciate your honest declaration, “But now I’m determined to see this through. I need to work on being enthusiastic within. And there’s hope for me. I can work on my inside game! It’s time for me to give re-birth to myself – a brand new, enthusiastic me!” Yes, you can do it!
This is an awesome quote: Enthusiasm is an inside game with an outside reflection. ~GEORGE W. CUMMINGS SR.
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I know that feeling of having courses and offerings ready to go, and then sitting on them for months and months. This post gave me the encouragement to polish up and put out some of the courses I’ve been sitting on since ages!
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The quote is well on point – Enthusiasm is an inside game with an outside reflection. I am going to borrow this quote from you and use it sometime or with someone. The word I would like to give to ‘our not making a beginning’ is inertia, a word I learned in physics which wasn’t a subject I liked at all. I know what stops me from taking the first leap. It is inertia for one and secondly fear of stepping into unchartered waters.
I’m wishing you good luck with the course, Corinne! I guess we all go through these nagging self-doubts but all we need sometimes is one push and that one step can take us out of our comfort zones to realise our plans.
I share the same vice. My father always used to tell me to finish what I started. However, I guess, I am becoming more organised. These days, I give myself a deadline. And thankfully that works.
I read somewhere that creative people are good at thinking but bad at executing. I just say that to myself as an excuse 😀