Peale often taught that "There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference
between mediocrity and accomplishment. Those who are fired with an enthusiastic
idea and who allow it to take hold and dominate their thoughts find that new
worlds open for them. As long as enthusiasm holds out, so will new
When One Door
One day, many years
ago, Frank Bettger, a young and ambitious professional baseball player got the
biggest shock of his life. He was fired!
He had thought he
was on his way to the top and being fired came as a total surprise. As it turned
out, he was actually nervous and afraid. In order to hide that fear, he was
trying to 'taking it easy' and act like he was cool, calm and collected. It
Lemons to Lemonade.
When Frank went up
to the boss and asked why. The manager told him that 'taking it easy will never
work. That's what is holding you down. Whatever you do, after you leave here,
wake yourself up and put some life and enthusiasm into your work!'
Frank made a
decision that completely changed his life forever. He set out to establish a
reputation (and live up to it!) for being the most enthusiastic ball player ever
He realized that he
could turn his life around by acting enthusiastic even when he was not. In spite
of things not being what he wanted, he began to act enthusiastic. He put a smile
on his face, a spring into his step, energy into his actions.
Did it work?
He became known as
'Pep' Bettger and within 10 days got a new job that increased his income 700%.
Here's what Frank Bettger has to say in his best selling book:
"It worked like
Magic! My enthusiasm overcame my fear. I played far better than I ever thought I
was capable of playing. My enthusiasm affected the other players on the team,
and they too became enthusiastic. I felt better than I had ever felt before."
Life is Choices
One of the great
things about life is that we can choose a 'new beginning' any time we want to.
If today has not gone according to plan, no problem. Simply stop, close your
eyes, take a deep breath and make a decision to take a new course of action
beginning right now!
Dale Carnegie said:
"Today is life – the
only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something.
Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through
you. Live today with gusto."
– What's That?
Enthusiasm is a
source of energy. The dictionary defines 'enthusiasm' as strong excitement of
feeling, something inspiring zeal or passion, an intense emotion compelling
action. Combine energy with action and all kinds of wonderful things will begin
to happen in your world.
studies have shown our minds cannot tell the difference between something
vividly imagined and something that really happened. So, let's take advantage of
this convenient feature and vividly imagine a 'new you' that is all enthusiastic
First, think about
something that you really enjoy. What idea or activity quickens your pulse,
opens your eyes, causes you to sit a little straighter? That's the one! Spend a
few minutes with that. Visualize yourself involved in that. Notice how you feel,
what your thoughts are, how others react to you. Capture that feeling of energy.
said, 'Just Do It!'
a decision to act enthusiastic. Don't feel like it? Do it anyway. Continue to
visualize that favorite activity… see it, hear it, feel it, smell it, taste it.
Build on that energy.
and down, wave your arms, shout 'Terrific' to the world! Put a smile on your
face, a spring in your step. Act as if today is the best day of your life and
before you know it, it will be.
Vincent Peale wrote: 'you can if you think you can'. We encourage you to act
enthusiastic today. It's a vital element of success. Do it now. The rewards will
be many. Get excited about something!
is contagious and builds upon itself. The more energy and enthusiasm you put
out, the more you will have returned to you. Make a point to be around energetic
and excited people. By doing this, you will attract even more energy and success
into your life.
marvelous tool for success is yours to embrace and enjoy. There is only one
simple rule: To be enthusiastic, all you have to do is act enthusiastic. Try it
for 30 days – you will be astonished at the results. Be enthusiastic, take
action and success is yours.
Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling, by Frank Bettger
Makes the Difference by Norman Vincent Peale
book changed my life when I was a teenager. Prior to that, my father had been on
Dr. Peale's staff and Dr. Peale's enthusiasm also has had a huge impact on my
wonderful books have been best sellers for many years. In these books, you gain
a wide variety of easy to use tools to bring more enthusiasm, success and joy
into your everyday life. You can order them from either Barnes and Noble or
About the Author
Dealey enthusiastically started his first business at age nine, joined his first
MasterMind group in 1972, and became a "self-made millionaire" by the age of 27.
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