Inspiration A Challenge / enthusiasm

Goals = Success

““Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be." – George Sheehan

What are you better at doing than anyone else? What unique abilities give you a competitive edge? Try these seven tips to get you going, then think of any others that may keep you moving toward your personal best and for your personal success.

Human beings can use their potential only by striving to better themselves. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.“ - Ralph Waldo Emerson hit upon this important aspect of life and success. Basic plans tied to enthusiasm energizes goals that you set for yourself. In fact, a basic idea imagined first in your mind, with deep passion, can and will eventually become real. This type of achievement and motivation is vital for success.

The three major steps needed for achievement of a goal are:

  1. Have A General Concept or Idea

    A generalization of something that you want to accomplish should be narrowed down to a logical and workable plan. This allows your goal to be achievable and within reach. For example, if you are interested in helping the elderly, the limits are endless. So, narrow down the ways you can help. Your goal cannot be attained with just a broad generalization because all elders cannot be helped by one person. When the concept is narrowed down, then it becomes realistic. One approach would be to volunteer or work in a retirement home. Another may be to visit the elderly in your neighborhood and help with their household tasks. Make up a similar plan for each of your goals.

  2. Make A Clear Description of Known and Potential Barriers

    Describe what’s possible and what’s not possible to do. Think of the problems or obstacles that may arise. Could you find the time to do it? Does it require a huge financial obligation? What are some of the other possible barriers? A well thought-out description prepares you for a successful result.

  3. Create A Reasonable Plan for Carrying Out Your Goal

    The last step is the work you need to do to put any plan into action. Undivided attention of your goal is necessary. Regardless of the obstacles, the plan’s guidelines, including the descriptions, should take care of them. If you complete your plan correctly, your goal may be successfully completed.

The real test of personal success is your ability to set goals, define the barriers or obstacles, and find the vital steps that allow progress. Do all that you can to help set your plan into action.

Then above all, put enthusiasm into your planning. Enthusiasm is the emotional key to making your plan work. It helps you grow, it broadens your senses, increases your faith in making things happen. It provides your mind with positive personal triumph. Go, do and be successful!

About the Author

Gerri D. Smith combines her many skills as a fashion designer, entrepreneur, author, creative writer, and an online fashion, beauty and wellness guide.

For well over twenty years, Gerri D Smith combines her many talents as fashion apparel and accessories designer, entrepreneur, and creative writer. On the design side, creating elegant and distinctive designs is her on going passion. In Gerri’s words, "It is always a loving challenge to create and/or find unique accessories that can highlight your appearance and beauty as a woman." On the writing side, Gerri loves to motivate and challenge you with words of wisdom and inspiration. Visit,
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The Power of Enthusiasm

“Enthusiasm powers successful living.” - Norman Vincent Peale

Where do you suppose the word ‘enthusiasm’ gets its meaning? It comes from two Greek words EN and THEOS. EN means ‘IN’ and THEOS is the word for ‘GOD.’ So actually the word enthusiasm means IN GOD, or FULL OF GOD. 

Then, the power of enthusiasm may mean, “ being full of God and staying that way.” Whenever you go through misfortunes in life, your enthusiasm may shatter for a moment or two. If you don’t have the power to confront misfortune, it’s difficult to bounce back.

The smallest hurt can cause great harm. It can affect your health and well-being. It may shut you off from family and friends. And it may affect your business relationships.

The lack of enthusiasm works against you. When you have it, it works magic. Enthusiasm is best when you let it come naturally and from your heart. It makes you feel powerful. Try it! Wouldn’t it be nice if it could be bottled? Or made available in prescription form? 

Enthusiasm is an acquired skill, so a prescription isn’t necessary. It’s available to everyone. If you want it to work for you, you must work on your spirit and stay in touch with God. This simply means that all of your power comes from God, the source of your being. 

Therefore, when God is in you, you have the meaning of life and the power to live successfully and enthusiastically. The power of enthusiasm can get you through many problems, ill-health, worry, and disappointing experiences. It increases your physical vitality; it keeps you  going when you think you haven’t  any strength left. 

Have you ever noticed that when you are enthusiastic, it’s contagious? Many times when you are pleasant, upbeat, excited, or express passionate behavior, you pass it on to others, too. You stimulate and attract others to you--which are good behaviors to pass along. For a successful business and a successful personal life, decide to be enthusiastic. Make yourself enthusiastic by affirming it, thinking it, creating it, and continuing  to express it. You become a different person because of it.

Where does this source of enthusiasm come from? Enthusiasm starts from having a healthy soul. With a healthy soul your outlook is calm, and not easily disturbed. You express good will instead of hate. You are outgoing and not selfish, you are positive and not cynical.

When your faith is unwavering, you are rarely doubtful. You can tap into this source by your achievements. Whether small ones, big ones, or monumental achievements, they are all a cause to express your enthusiasm. Learn to appreciate everything you do along the way to your achievements or your successes. This is where you receive the most pleasure.

Enjoy your successes one at a time. Then plan for your next journey to achievement - and while on your journey choose to be enthusiastic, passionate, and fascinated about your life. Being enthusiastic is a special challenge. You can gain new levels of self-awareness. 

It has the power to change your life. Not only is it beneficial to your happiness, it develops your spiritual well-being. If you’re in business, go out of your way to make sure your customers, your clients, and others you come in contact with have a pleasant day. 

Think happy thoughts. Make it a daily habit to practice being enthusiastic. So go ahead, express your joy - it heals the pain of sorrow, worry and misfortune. It limits the need to feel sad, depressed, or disappointed. Practicing enthusiasm even in the most ordinary things releases its magical power.

Try it - it may work wonders in your life.

About the Author....

Gerri's inspirational articles, words of wisdom, quotes, and her first romance novel titled, "A Challenge of Love," based on her true experiences, invites you to challenge and push your comfort level to a new high. Gerri weaves words into emotional triggers that give you hope, make you dream, and may change your life. Her words can lead you to a vision of your next great accomplishment. Words can change the way you think, act and feel about yourself and others. Visit,

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