Project EnthusiasmPosted: November 9, 2010
Good morning guys! Are y’all getting warmed up – or cooled off, rather – to the time change? I don’t care whether it’s light outside or not – I’m still beelining for the coffee as soon as my feet hit the floor!
I’m telling you, freshly ground is the way to go! If nothing else, the aroma that the beans give off when you whirl them through the grinder is a nice jump start to the day, and I’m really going to need the extra jolt in the morning, since the time change is forcing me to start moving my workouts to the morning. This chica has seen one too many episodes of Criminal Minds to run alone at night, thank you very much. I suppose running is going to make a morning person out of me yet!
Letting go of college has been a huge adjustment – one that’s brought about a lot of stress and unhappiness. During the summer I had a job that I loved that brought me incredible opportunities and friendships, but once I had to leave, things started to go downhill.
I’ve been struggling a lot in really getting excited about anything that I have on my plate. I know life is more than fun and games, but it seems like I jumped from the best four years of my life straight into the lousy 9-5 grind of a career I don’t even have a passion for.
Suffice it to say, I’m not exactly bounding out of bed in the mornings. I distinctly remember a co-worker at my old job once telling me that I had a way of lighting up a room when I walked into it, but lately, I don’t feel like I’m that woman. In fact, I know I’m not. I’m starving for motivation and unfortunately, that’s taking its toll on every aspect of my life.
Yesterday when I came across a flier in the teachers’ resource room that offered ten commandments for an enthusiastic team, I decided that for the next ten days, I’ll be blogging one of the “commandments” and inviting each of you to join me in making it a focus of your day as well. I’m excited to see just how effective they are and what you all think of them.
Commandment One: Help Each Other be Right, not Wrong.
We all know a Negative Nelly. I’ve written before about people that are seemingly impossible to please and how to beat the negative effects they have on our own mentality…but what happens if we’re the one constantly downing everyone else?
Sometimes the complaints and nagging slip out without even recognizing it. “You never listen when I need you to.” “You never help out around the house”. “You don’t apply yourself”. Naturally, there is a time and place to voice concerns and constructive criticism, but when we’re more focused on the things others do that drive us crazy, we’re also more likely to brood on how it upsets us.
On occasion, seeing others fail can give us a temporary ego boost – I’ll call it middle school bully syndrome. In comparison to someone else’s failures, we appear stronger, smarter, prettier, more dedicated, more talented…you get the picture.
Assuming we’ve all matured at least a fraction of a degree since twelve years old, we know that there’s no benefit in cutting others down or stealing their thunder. The temporary satisfaction of “I told you so” vanishes as soon as the words register in the recipient’s mind.
In the long run, does anyone else’s wrongness make us any more night?
Not a chance.
Now just for a second, list off the people in your life that you couldn’t live without. I’ll go ahead and guess that they’re the ones that always cheer you on regardless of how likely you are to lose.
I want to be the person in others’ lives that they want to turn to when they have something to share. Yes, that implies celebrating the good, but it also means helping smooth over the bad. When we have opportunities to support and congratulate, the excitement over the successes will certainly boost our own mindset.
What does “helping each other be right instead of wrong” mean to you? How can this build your own enthusiasm?