10 Traits of a Positive Thinker: #2 ENTHUSIASM
Built upon the foundation of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s work, The Power of Positive Thinking, positive psychology author Scott Ventrella states that “Positive thinkers are tough-minded reality-based people who blast through problems with energy and zeal.” Cynics and skeptics do not change the world.
Ventrella lists 10 traits of a positive thinker: 1. Optimism, 2. Enthusiasm, 3. Belief, 4. Integrity, 5. Courage, 6. Confidence, 7. Determination, 8. Patience, 9. Calmness, 10. Focus.
This blog addresses Enthusiasm in Leadership. If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, you may be a leader who exhibits enthusiasm…
- Do I wake up feeling excited about the day ahead?
- Do I thrive on finding needs that interest me and fulfill them?
- Do I have and show energy about projects that excite others?
- Am I energetic in pursuing outcomes?
- Do I get a kick out of life?
Enthusiasm comes from Greek entheos, meaning “inspired.” It literally means “possessed by a god” or en theos, “in God.” So, essentially…What leaves you feeling inspired? What has you ready to spring out of bed in the morning? What contributes to having you feel like you have the Living Spirit in you?
Philosopher Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This is not to say that you should give up your day job to become a NASCAR racer. Nor does this suggest that because you love your work that you are immune to the politics and bureaucracy at work. It means being able to stay focused on which aspects of your work from which you DO gain enthusiasm. Losing the love in your work can be like a relationship…sometimes it’s tempting to pursue something new to rekindle that excitement. Is what first attracted you to your assignment/relationship no longer there?
Examine what made your position attractive to you in the first place. (See blog The Four Temperaments & the Organization). Usually, you are attracted to what you can do and in which type of organization you can provide those services. Organizations (not to mention supervisors) have “temperaments” as well, which may indicate a natural affinity or an opportunity for you to leverage yourself as a complementary necessity.
Which of the following suggestions inspire you to become enthusiastic? Is it…
- The intellectual challenge?
- The involvement of others?
- Learning something new?
- The freedom to do what you want?
- Accomplishing something worthwhile?
- Experimentation and discovery?
- Being creative or innovative?
- Producing something others will enjoy &/or use?
- The outdoors or nature?
- Travel or adventure?
- Planning and organizing?
- Influencing or helping others?
- Working or playing alone?
- Having a peaceful, relaxing time?
- Competing against others or a standard?
- Spontaneous activity?
- Meeting a personal goal?
- Discussions or conversations with others?
- Non-structured activities?
- Physical challenges or activities?
- Working with your hands?
- Fantasy, drama, “Imagineering”?
- Appreciating something beautiful, creative, or interesting?
- Or, what?
Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant Virginia from my Nashville flight to Los Angeles responded to my length of service question, “17 years, and I’m the junior one on the aircraft. Southwest Airlines is a nice place to be.” Virginia found what she likes to do and with which airline. She discovered her enthusiasm stems from her passion to travel and help others.
I consider Enthusiasm to be Passion. What is yours?
Rossina Gil, MSOD, MAIS, is a Leadership and Organization Development Practitioner, author, cultural analyst, coach, speaker, and facilitator. CorporateLookingGlass.com.
Virginia, Southwest Airlines, non-stop a.m. flight 332 BNA to LAX on 5.6.13.
©Rossina Gil, 2013
Posted on June 9, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Alignment, Enthusiasm, Four Temperaments, Leadership Development, Los Angeles, Norman Vincent Peale, organizational identity, Organizational temperament, Positive Psychology, Power of Positive Thinking, Power of Positive Thinking in Business, Recruitment, Southwest Airline, Virginia. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.