“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we really need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about!” – Charles Kingsley
I think that Mister Kingsley really had it right. Enthusiasm is the oil that makes everything run better. Even when there are issues and let’s face it, issue do occur. Things seem to always fall into place in the presence of enthusiasm. A class of enthusiastic kids is heaven on earth. An enthusiastic employer and or employee is an environment that is more conducive to creativity.
I know sometimes it is hard to feel that way. Life can sometimes just get in the way. But here is what I recommend. One of the easiest ways is to count your blessings every day. Do this instead of thinking your blessings don’t count.
You can succeed in most anything for which you have limitless enthusiasm. The world belongs to the enthusiastic! Keep in mind that no one keeps up the enthusiasm automatically. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspirations, new efforts and new vision. It’s your own fault if your enthusiasm is gone. You have failed to feed it.
What is enthusiasm?
“Nothing more or less than faith in action” said Helen Keller
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing we do gets accomplished without hope and confidence.” John Mason
Here is something to consider:
It isn’t our position but our disposition that makes us happy. A positive attitude always creates positive results. Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference. Think about your students. How does their attitude affect their learning? How does it affect you wanting to teach them? How is your attitude affecting them receiving the material you are teaching them? A recent study found that depression, gloom, pessimism, despair and discouragement stop more people than all illnesses combined. You know when you are around someone who is enthusiastic. The energy is palatable. And I bet you enjoyed being around them too!
Get enthusiastic and watch your students soar!
Yes I know there are days that you would like to scream your head off because their effort and attitude is driving you crazy. But don’t let them get to you! Your energy and enthusiasm will eventually run them over! Students have a tendency to follow their teacher. Yes there will be days that will test you but don’t let anyone ever steal your joy! If they don’t follow your lead then just push ahead and remind them that if they don’t get on board they will be left behind. You are the ruler of your class. You set the tone and the pace.
Expect enthusiasm and you will receive!
This year I teach a beginner jazz class for 8 and 9 year olds. This is my first class of the week on Monday and the class is packed with 25 kids. I must say it is the most fun I have had teaching a class in some time. They are so energetic, enthusiastic about learning the most rudimentary things. I love this class because it sets me up for not only the day but for the week! Why is it so much fun? Because they are so darn enthusiastic about everything. Teaching this class has reinforced to me just how important that energy is for students to keep in learning mode. Now I know it is not as easy to create this environment with teen who are more advanced and may be a bit jaded but this is where you need to take the bull by the horns. Expect that energy, demand that energy and be that energy!
There are days that will test you. But you are a great teacher and don’t ever forget that! Let’s face it, your enthusiasm will be infectious. From your employer, to your students and their parents they will notice your drive, energy and positivity. Shine your light and you will soar!
“It’s not your aptitude that determines your altitude… It’s your attitude! Zig Ziglar