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23rd February 2019

Skill #10 Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is Enthusiasm?

Enthusiasm is a great eagerness to be involved in a particular activity which you like and enjoy or which you think is important. It is “putting my whole heart into what I do.” Whatever the task, no matter how big or small, it will always turn out better if you put your whole heart into it! Another great thing about enthusiasm is—it's contagious! Your "spark" of energy and excitement can ignite others to live their lives with enthusiasm.

Why is it necessary?

Continuously supporting your child, and helping her with her current interest is certainly the way to go. When you nurture her natural talents and the things she is most interested in she becomes even more eager to pursue them. Your interest makes her even more passionate and enthusiastic. It is an essential part of any successful person's life. The ability to feel and express enthusiasm is transforming. It takes you from ordinary and forgettable to compelling and memorable. It makes all interaction more fun and relationships more fulfilling. With enthusiasm, you can fulfill more of your potential in any situation or experience. It is liberating to realize how important it is to be enthusiastic because it hard wires us to be unafraid about other aspects of our lives. It allows people to mold their identities and demonstrate their emotions. Whatever your enthusiasm is reserved for, it may open doors to connect with other people and allow the world to feel freer.

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10 tips to build Enthusiasm:

  1. Communicate: This is as important as it is simple. Talk to your kids. Find out what kinds of things your kids are interested in and use that information to tailor your lessons. This works for everything from character-building program to Bible study. Gaining their help with lesson plans also will give them ownership in their activities which will build enthusiasm.
  2. Make it interactive: Ask questions frequently. Don’t just stand there and lecture. Ask for your students’ points of view and then go further. Ask why he/she feels that way and let him/her know their opinion matters. Games are another great way to make lessons interactive.
  3. Show your enthusiasm: If you aren’t excited about the material you are presenting, do you think the kids will be? Sing with them. Dance with them. Help them look up scripture. Participate in games with them. Pray with them. Show your youth that you want to be there, and they will want to join you.
  4. Use technology: Technology is changing the way we all learn, and it can have a positive impact on kids and their reading.
  5. Give your child the credit and the power: It's fine to tell your child that you’re proud of him, but be clear that he's the one who gets credit for the achievement and he's the one who's entitled to evaluate it. "You must be so proud of yourself!"
  6. Avoid comparison among siblings or friends: You may think you’re being positive when you say “Thank goodness you like homework and I don’t have to hound you the way I do your brother!” but you’re setting up a situation where the child is only good enough if his brother doesn’t do homework. There is never a reason to compare. Just say “I love that you just sit down and do your homework when you get home!”
  7. Empower your children: try to frame requests as, “You are a super helpful person and thank you!” rather than come do this chore now.
  8. Try not to just say “no”—elaborate: If your child keeps asking the same question and you keep saying “no” but it doesn’t seem to be registering with them you could say something like, “So you really, really want to be on the iPad? I wish you could. I know how badly you want that. But right now we have to have dinner
  9. Help them explain their feelings: If you notice your toddler resorting to hitting/hurting their sibling or friend out of frustration you can say something like, “That makes you so mad! (Oh, that is so frustrating!) You can be mad. Giving them words (frustrated, mad) and a place to hit and get their feelings out can release their anger.
  10. Be enthusiastic: All children need encouragement and warmth. Be sure to tell your child all day long all the things you appreciate.
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