How to be a Warrior of Enthusiasm in Your Business Culture

Business Culture Warrior of EnthusiasmCall me crazy but I get the sense that companies (and people in general) today could benefit from having a few more Warriors of Enthusiasm around.

“Warrior of Enthusiasm” huh?… Sounds awesome.

Hopefully, you already have a few people in mind that serve as great examples in your life of being Warriors of Enthusiasm. Just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a rough definition:

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  • One whose brave optimism and relentless pursuit of a worthy goal inspires you

Put simply, a warrior of enthusiasm inspires us both by their attitude and their actions.

They aren’t made of giggles, spirit sprinkles and ignorant bliss.

They wreak of grit, positivity and focused action.

They get stuff done because they are joyfully and relentlessly pursuing continual improvement. And we can’t help but want to join forces with them on their journey.

We all become a little bit better just by being around them.

What Warriors of Enthusiasm Means to Your Business Culture

Companies today are faced with numerous challenges and rapidly evolving conditions. Cut costs. Hire more. Create more processes. Streamline processes. Get lean. Increase market share. Innovate. Eliminate mistakes. Be more social. Automate. Evolve. Be consistent. Surprise us.

These conditions can be overwhelming but they don’t have to be. Not to a Warrior of Enthusiasm. To a Warrior of Enthusiasm, these are the best conditions to shine.

Living in the tension and digging into the challenges are what make them feel alive. I want to be one of those people. Don’t you?

Becoming a Warrior of Enthusiasm

Despite the vast majority of us not naturally being blessed with these qualities, I have to believe it is possible to become more “Warrior of Enthusiasm”-like. In my own attempts to become one, here’s what I’ve found:

You try.

Every… single… day. You wake up and make a decision to strive to be one.

How you ask? In my own pursuit to figure that out, here are some of the qualities I’ve observed in the most effective warriors of enthusiasm I know (and want to be more like):

Warriors of Enthusiasm Are On a Mission

They get out of bed with a purpose everyday. They know why they exist and that fuels their passion for what they do. They are more than motivated; they are inspired.

No matter what their title or job description says, they magically align what they do everyday to a higher purpose.Power of Belief

This is the foundation every one of us can benefit from taking the time to work on. If you’ve tried doing this and it doesn’t rock your world and change your perspective then you would benefit from seeking more guidance in this area. It is worth it.

Warriors of Enthusiasm Do Not Run Alone

Whether they battle on behalf of others or they use their individual battle to encourage others, the key here is Warriors of Enthusiasm care about others.

They may feel isolated and alone in their struggle but the impact of their victory is felt by many. Again, they always make us all a little better just by being around them.

Warriors of Enthusiasm Do Something About It

When faced with a trial, if they can do something about it, gosh darn it, they do something about it.

Matter of fact, Warriors of Enthusiasm rarely accept being told that they cannot do something about it. Something can always be done even if it is as simple as changing their own perspective on the situation.

Warriors of Enthusiasm Decide to be Happy

When life hands them lemons not only do they make lemonade, they then throw a frickin’ lemonade-slushie party afterwards… decorations, tiki torches, curly straws, party hats and all.

They put the “fun” in dysFUNctional. No matter what, they help us find reasons to laugh, smile or believe in a ray of sunshine around the bend even when it doesn’t necessarily make sense.

Warriors of Enthusiasm Feel Fear Then Use It To Their Advantage

There is healthy fear and unhealthy fear. Warriors of enthusiasm utilize fear in a healthy way to sharpen their instincts and make wise decisions. They aren’t fearless. They just fear less… especially as they learn to see fear as a signal that they are on the brink of discovering great new possibilities.

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Warriors of Enthusiasm Do Not Quit (Yet Are Also Adaptable)

They are relentless because they are on a mission. This doesn’t mean that it is their way or the highway.

On the contrary, their focus is so much on the end goal that they are actually very flexible about how to go about getting there. This is what makes them so capable of adapting and innovating in the face of conflict. The end goal and mission stay the same. The journey to get there is “to be determined” and “to be enjoyed”.

Identifying Warriors of Enthusiasm

If names of people weren’t popping into your mind as you read the descriptions above, be on the lookout. Warriors of Enthusiasm aren’t necessarily epic-sized characters. Some can be quiet and behind-the-scenes people we admire without consciously acknowledging the big impact they make in our lives.

We work with them. We seek their advice. We are refreshed just being around them. Maybe you admire them from afar. Maybe you actually live with them. Maybe you’ve never actually met them before but you read their blog, listen to their podcasts, read their tweets or smile at what they pin. I bet you know more than a few examples for each of the qualities above.

A great exercise would be writing down specific names of people you think of for each characteristic. Then you should let each of those people know. Tell them that they inspire you and in what specific way. Thank them for the impact they have made in your life and the example they provide.

Do the exercise above and guess what? You’ve just started to become a Warrior of Enthusiasm yourself. :-)

Honestly, I believe it is the pursuit that makes you one. Enjoy unleashing your Warrior of Enthusiasm inside.

Your Turn

What other qualities come to mind when you think of “Warriors of Enthusiasm” in your life? Want to recognize and give a shout-out to a Warrior of Enthusiasm in your life? Share their example in a comment below!

Comments

  1. Krista,
    Love your article, but, and it’s a big ‘but”, sometimes one must be wary of being that voice of enthusiasm. I too was a VP of marketing. As a Board Member of a large communications firm headquartered in London, because of my enthusiasm for potential growth and championing some of our staff, I was viewed as being immature, even childish, and my reputation suffered. As a VP of marketing at a major casino, my enthusiastic approach at quarterly senior staff meetings was perceived as reckless and out of control and proved to be detrimental in securing support for new programs. And in another senior communications post I was told I was “not acting professionally” and to “temper words” when addressing the Board. No, I did not walk on anyone’s meeting table, did not wear a gorilla suit nor use blue or slang language. It’s just that while embodying a ‘brand’ and speaking with feeling can be viewed by others as something to be avoided. Even stimulating fear and vulnerability. I made it clear I ‘wasn’t above it all’ and that I believed in our vision and mission to the hilt and was proud in doing so. But to reveal such inner feelings can stir up uncomfortable feelings in others. Regardless, I have not changed an iota. Thanks for the post.

    • kristakotrla says:

      Thank you so much for contributing to the conversation, Michael, and sharing your “big ‘but'”! ;-) I really appreciate you being vulnerable in sharing such personal examples. You must speak with a lot of passion to receive so many colorful responses. I like it!

  2. One of my clients, Fred, 78 years old has progressed rheumatoid arthritis – crippling in his hands, back, shoulders, arms. He’s in constant pain. He’s lost 30 pounds on his already slim frame. Under the care of several specialists. He reads voraciously every thing he can about his disears … and takes action. He added 1 hr nordic pole walking per day has made a huge difference. He soldiers on daily and regularly. He continues to be a soul-mate for his 13 year younger wife.

  3. kristakotrla says:

    Oh, wow… thank you so much for sharing, Chet! Please give Fred a hug for me and tell him a big “thank you” for being such an inspiration. I love that Fred is exercising not only his body physically but also his positivity, his mind, and his relationships.

    Belief and determination in action is so inspiring!

  4. Alicia Young says:

    Loved what you said about warriors of enthusiasm Fearing Less as oppose to being Fearless. I could see fearless’ness being viewed as reckless. But fearing less will give your mind the freedom to come up with that off the wall idea that could just be the next big thing to make your company soar. Kind of like letting go of the fear of push-back you could face when rallying up a whole company of sales and support members and turning them into amazing bloggers! That could only happen by someone putting on a serious warrior of enthusiasm face >:-[] and truly believing they are more than talented enough to do so. Hats off to you Krista, continually mastering the art of being a warrior of enthusiasm!
    I am loving your posts!

  5. kristakotrla says:

    Thanks so much, Alicia! You are quite a warrior yourself and I love being “in the trenches” with you every day. You are one of the most determined people I know. Truly inspiring.

    Sweet hugs to Kinsey. She’s got a seriously tough momma! >:-[]

    –kk

  6. Krista, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
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  7. Kristine Rice says:

    Krista – this post is GREAT! Thank you so much for sharing. Warrior of enthusiasm in a company = greatness!

    • kristakotrla says:

      So appreciate your comment Kristine and CONGRATS on your first blog post. You nailed it! Can’t wait to read more.

      –kk

  8. Krista- this has me so fired up! I want to build Tribal nation of Warriors of Enthusiasm.
    This spoke to me and the vision that I have for reaching people in our organization to help them reach their maximum potential and impact our students, parents, and community.
    Love this!
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    • kristakotrla says:

      A tribe of warriors of enthusiasm… BRILLIANT, Chad! It’s all about the ripple effect. Helping, inspiring, encouraging, growing, taking action and making an impact.

      Game on.

      –kk

  9. Hi, I really enjoyed your post. Do you happen to have recommendations for where I could find access to communities or tribes of like-minded individuals? I’m most interested to learn more best practices for how others successfully sustain this attitude in environments where they are hired to sell recognition and enthusiasm as a personal brand but may not operate under those same values. Some days it really it can really be a battle and I hoped that seeking out others who have found ways to successfully incorporate healthy values into their company cultures might provide some valuable insights for strategies I can use.

  10. Hi kristakotrla,

    Your article is really helpful, thanks for writing. I am looking forward to read more articles in future. Keep writing!!! cheers.
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  11. Krista,

    I’m just getting started on your blog after meeting you last week. Your crew all fit this profile and I love it. I have the enthusiasm although I have thought that it was due to me being an owner of the business and it was my butt on the line if it went south. Well, maybe a little bit, but I believe in what I do.

    I enjoyed the fact that the quotes you used are from two men dead for well over 100 years. Has the human attitude changed much since Thomas Paine? I do not think so. You are going to have the warriors or not. Thank god Thomas Paine had Enthusiasm and did not shy away from writing Common Sense.

    Keep up the good work.

    I wrote this while walking on my treadmill desk.

  12. Krista,

    I’m just getting started on your blog after meeting you last week. Your crew all fit this profile and I love it. I have the enthusiasm although I have thought that it was due to me being an owner of the business and it was my butt on the line if it went south. Well, maybe a little bit, but I believe in what I do.

    I enjoyed the fact that the quotes you used are from two men dead for well over 100 years. Has the human attitude changed much since Thomas Paine? I do not think so. You are going to have the warriors or not. Thank god Thomas Paine had Enthusiasm and did not shy away from writing Common Sense.

    Keep up the good work.

    I wrote this while walking on my treadmill desk.

    • kristakotrla says:

      Kenny! So glad you we got to meet you the other week at Remarkable Growth Experience. And thank you for your kind comments! I really like that you mentioned that you believe in what you do. That is such an important part in sustaining enthusiasm and becoming a leader that inspires others to join you on your mission. I’m sure this is just the beginning for exciting things happening over at Xybix. I look forward to watching where you and Kathleen take it from here. Let me know if can do anything to help!

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