by Atchut Neelam

March 2004

"Nothing great has been achieved without enthusiasm." – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Enthusiasm is the most essential ingredient apart from hard work for attaining success in any initiative. Many a time we observe that two persons with same level of effort but different levels of enthusiasm progress at varying pace! Don’t we all like to interact with enthusiastic people? 

Success = Hard work x Enthusiasm.  Hence, neither hard work nor enthusiasm can be zero to succeed. The higher the values of “Hard work” and  “Enthusiasm”, the higher the success.


9 Simple and effective steps to develop enthusiasm:


To become enthusiastic - Act enthusiastically. Force yourself to act enthusiastic, and you'll become enthusiastic! In the initial attempts, you may feel uncomfortable but with repeated attempts you see amazing results.


Enjoy what you and do what you enjoy. Smile, whistle, sing, hum, or dance all day while working, travelling, waiting etc. It makes your body think it’s happy.


Make a list of all your major or minor accomplishments during the day and reward yourself for the same.

Work Breakdown Structure

Breakdown all goals into minor tasks and work units and focus on one at a time. Set yourself higher achievable targets and ‘enjoy’ to achieve them. Periodically revise the targets based on the progress. Enjoy!


Keep company with enthusiastic people. Always try to be the cheerleader and contribute “Enthusiasm” to your group. Even others desire to be in the company of enthusiastic people.

Ask for Help.

Share, delegate and barter your work. Do tasks, which you are best at, and enjoy doing. 

Enthusiasm Index 

Rate your current level of enthusiasm on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest. Monitor your enthusiasm index on a periodic basis - half-hourly, hourly, daily, weekly and so on. The shorter the period, the better. Take steps to improveyour enthusiasm level.

Take care

Take care of your enthusiasm by giving it daily attention. It will grow big and strong and make you successful.

Action points

1.       Act enthusiastically. Force yourself to act enthusiastic, and you'll become enthusiastic!

2.       Enjoy what you are doing!

3.       Surround yourself with enthusiastic people.

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