“It is by your fruits that they will know you, and it is by your fruits that you will know yourself.” — Jonas Cain
The author Eckhart Tolle has an idea calls modalities of awakened doing. Quite simply, everything that we do we must be able to do with acceptance, enjoyment, or enthusiasm. And if we find that we can’t even accept what we’re doing for too many days or weeks or months in a row, then that’s a clear sign that we’ve gone the wrong way, and a change is needed.
In a similar way, if we find that we’re doing most everything with enthusiasm, then that is a good sign that we are certainly on the right path, or at least headed in the right direction, regardless of the path we’ve chosen or have found ourselves on.
The Magic Word Enthusiasm reminds us that when we have enthusiasm something amazing happens: we no longer need motivation. We no longer need motivation because we fully believe in ourselves, in our abilities, and believe in our willingness to do whatever it takes to live our calling. When we have enthusiasm we are sold 100% on our mission; we know on a deep soul-level that the work we are doing is for the betterment of ourselves and those around us too.
Do you consider your work “work” in the traditional sense? Or do you consider your work more of a calling or a life mission? If your approach is more in line with a calling then this a good sign that you have the natural motivation to keep going. If, however, you do view your work as “work,” how can you develop more enthusiasm?
Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.