'Take on today with a vibrant waterfall of enthusiasm
Procrastination is excruciating! While it is important to get to the source of procrastination and decide on a course of action we can make great strides by simply shifting to pour enthusiasm into everything we do. As Viktor Frankl stated: 'Everything can be taken from a man but ...the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.' Here we take a look at the zeal of a waterfall and what we can learn about making the choice to overcome procrastination with enthusiasm. At the end of the article visit the video, Behind the Waterfall, by Natural States by clicking the link in the author's box to tie it all together as an extra treat.
Begin from a Place of Peace- Every waterfall begins in a place of peacefulness. Start your day being in a place of peace, trust, and enthusiasm for the day. Dicky Fox in the Movie Jerry Maguire has the perfect attitude: 'I love the mornings! I clap my hands every morning and say, 'This is gonna be a great day!''
Be Authentic- Get to know and stay connected with who you are. Leverage your strengths, passions, knowledge, and values. When you do, things begin to flow. You experience less struggle and more ease. Water will attempt to be nothing less than what it is.
'Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.' Ralph Waldo Emerson
Take Educated Risks to Leap into Action- Overcoming procrastination means taking leaps of faith similar to a waterfall leaping away from the security of land and its path as it goes over the edge unaware. While a plan is key there comes a time to let go of fear and initiate enthusiasm. You may not know where you will land, who you will meet, or what you will encounter but you have what it takes to handle it, readjust, continue forward, and feel great about the progress.
'Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.' Dale Carnegie
Be Enthusiastic in Everything You Do- Whether it be a handshake, answering the phone, working on a project, hugging your spouse, going on a walk or run, listening to the needs of a child or client, communicating with a co-worker, cleaning off your desk, playing a round of golf, or taking a rejuvenation break--- do it with enthusiasm! See the gift in each action.
'Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.' Norman Vincent Peale
Overcome Obstacles, Readjust, and Continue Forward- Know that you have the enthusiasm, resources, and what it takes to overcome obstacles. Notice how waterfalls crash across boundaries and into obstructions. Due to its fluidity it is able to readjust direction to continue moving in a forward direction although it may now be on a new path. Avoid being rigid in procrastination. Be fluid by seeing the abundance of possibilities and choices while believing in yourself.
'Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.' Norman Vincent Peale
Get Support- An abundance of drops of water and numerous streams may come together to build the momentum of a waterfall. The more support you get the better able you are to build and maintain the momentum of enthusiasm.
End the Day in a Sea of Fulfillment and Rejuvenate- When you have given every drop of enthusiasm there is to give you may feel drained and exhausted. But reflection on the actions of the day can soon be overcome with a sense of fulfillment. This fulfillment helps to rejuvenate the spirit (along with a good night's sleep).
Enjoy the beauty of what was experienced in that one day. As the waterfall tumbles with enthusiasm it once again comes to a place of peace and fulfillment where it has accomplished what it has set out to do. Enjoy the beauty. Look into the Sea of Fulfillment and see the reflection of just how capable you are.... Starting Now!
To tie it all together enjoy this 3 minute video Behind the Waterfall by Natural States. A real treat!