“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:
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.
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.
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.
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!