I love enthusiasm! I wrote a bit about it on What Would Love Do? Enthusiasm fuels me and sends me places I’d never reach with normal levels of energy and expectations. It’s the very thing that blinds us to obstacles and hurls us over them. It lets us run beyond our own limits without us feeling the pain of our feet pounding the pavement, and our invisible wings come out from nowhere and lift us higher.
Enthusiasm is one of the two corner stones of Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. It’s an integral part of the foundation to success. “Without enthusiasm, you cannot work up to your fullest ability and potential; you’re just going through the motions. And just going through the motions won’t bring you to the level of competitive greatness we seek, whether in basketball, business or life.”
But there are times when enthusiasm wears thin and fatigue sets in just enough to have us feel how hard it really is. At this moment, we need our industriousness to kick in.
“There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile things come from hard work and careful planning,” – John Wooden
Ahh, I can physically feel it in my body, I know why Coach Wooden has industriousness as the other corner stone to his pyramid.
Industriousness is achieving personal greatness through practice and hard work. I hear a lot about hard work being the old way of doing things. Nowadays, it’s all about working smart not hard and it’s implied that only the dumb believe in hard work. I did try to emulate the work smart not hard for a while before I realized that sometimes working smart includes some serious hard work.
There is a beauty to the moments when we push ourselves beyond our comfort limits and we call upon our discipline to get us through when every fiber in our being wants to quit. The definition of hard work is different for everyone, but we all know it and we’ve all felt it.
Do what it takes to activate your own industriousness. The funny thing is, no one will see it but you. They will only see the result of your persistent efforts, which just might appear to be effortless.
Enthusiasm keep us light on our feet and energized. Industriousness keeps our mind clear and gives us a laser focus. When we combine enthusiasm and industriousness, we get a wining combination and we become unstoppable.
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden