“Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome.  Since the present moment is Life itself, it is an insane way to live.” Eckhart Tolle

Have you ever done business with someone who was totally enthusiastic about their work?  While they are providing their service to you, their eyes sparkle, they have a bounce to their step, and you can sense their utter delight at giving you their best.  You don’t come across these individuals very often, but when you do they stand out as exceptional.  My optician, Mr. Raspberry, is one of these people.  When I bring him my mangled glasses to fix (I’m really hard on glasses), his eyes light up and he actually giggles as he’s coaxing them back into usable shape.  To Mr. Raspberry, there is nothing routine or mundane about fixing glasses:  he treats each pair as if they were the most exciting work he’s ever done.  I actually look forward to getting my glasses adjusted, because just being around Mr. Raspberry’s enthusiasm is contagious and I always leave with a smile on my face.

My insurance agent, Mrs. Blueberry, is another example of someone who is completely enthusiastic about what she does.  She absolutely loves selling insurance, and enjoys her work so much that she sings as she writes your policy.  Like Mr. Raspberry,  Mrs. Blueberry’s enthusiasm ensures that you will always get the absolute best insurance product for your specific needs.  Also like Mr. Raspberry, Mrs. Blueberry’s enthusiasm doesn’t end when she’s made the sale.  You can count on her to be equally enthusiastic if you call her with a claim, or your policy just needs a little adjustment. Leaving her office, I always feel better than when I went in, and not just because I feel better insured!

If you’re fortunate enough to find service providers like these, you will go out of your way to give them your business.  You will also be sure to tell all your friends about them.  Enthusiastic people are successful people.  They are happy, grateful people.  These are people who have chosen a line of work that resonates with their spirit.  So how enthusiastic are you as you go about your day?

Before you answer that question, I want to paint you a different picture.  I recently hired a young woman, Miss Crabapple,  to be my personal assistant because she really needed work and I really needed some assistance.  She was pretty enthusiastic about getting money, but when she showed up for work her whole body language changed.  As soon as I began giving her instructions for her task, her shoulders drooped and her eyes glazed over.  To look at her, you would think that I was condemning her to a lifetime of slavery and torture.  Unlike Mr. Raspberry and Mrs. Blueberry, Miss Crabapple’s work was careless and filled with errors.  When I pointed out the errors, she replied with a less-than-enthusiastic, “Whatever.”  I fired her.

Enthusiasm for your work has a direct effect on the quality of work that you perform.  It also is a predictor of how much you will enjoy your work day.  I guarantee that if you do your work with enthusiasm, your work day will fly by, and you will be energized and upbeat through it all.  If, like little Miss Crabapple, enthusiasm is lacking in your work, your work day will probably drag on for what seems like an eternity, and odds are you will not enjoy one moment of it.  I’ve had jobs that I hated, jobs for which I had zero enthusiasm.  I would actually cry in the mornings as I drove myself to work.

So now I ask you again, how much enthusiasm do you bring to your own job?  Are you a Mr. Raspberry, or are you a Miss Crabapple?  Are you joyful and enthusiastic as you go about your work day, or do you trudge through the day just counting the minutes until the bell rings?

In his book, A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle suggests that enthusiasm is the highest form of what he calls awakened doing.  Tolle explains that most people sleep-walk through their day; they spend the day in their heads, either feeling guilty about the past or worrying about the future.  On the other hand, people who are spiritually enlightened, or awakened, in Tolle’s terminology, live in the present moment.  Their minds and bodies are fully engaged in whatever they are doing, a state that the Buddhists call mindfulness.  When you are in a state of mindfulness, time ceases to exist for you; you are in the flow, completely engaged in your task. Have you ever been so engrossed in a task that hours just flew by without you noticing?  That’s flow.  Being in the flow, completely mindful of the present moment, positions you squarely within the path of your life’s true purpose, where spirit can best work through you.

Enthusiasm for the task at hand, however mundane that task may appear to be, is a sign that you are in a state of awakened doing.  Tolle admits, though, that it’s impossible to be in a state of continuous enthusiasm, so the second signpost of awakened doing is being in a state of simple enjoyment.  If you can’t be enthusiastic about your work, then at least find a way to enjoy it.  Turn a hated task into a game if you can, and try to make it fun for you.  If even that much is impossible, then Tolle’s final signpost of awakened doing is acceptance.  If you can’t find a way to enjoy what you’re doing, then find a way to just accept that it must be done and do the task without resistance (which means no grumbling and no eye-rolling).

So again, I ask you:  How enthusiastic are you about your job?  Are you a Mr. Raspberry, bounding enthusiastically to your next task as if it were the greatest gift on earth?  Do you go through your day like Mrs. Blueberry, who enjoys her work so much that she sings while she’s doing it?  Or are you a Miss Crabapple, hating every minute of it?

We spend a lot of time at our jobs, so they need to be a good fit for us.  Your level of enthusiasm and enjoyment in your job is a good indicator of whether that job suits you.  If you generally enjoy what you do for a living, I encourage you today to try to bump that enjoyment up to enthusiasm, at least for part of your work day.  I guarantee that you will see an increase in productivity that will most likely result in an increase in profitability as well.  If, on the other hand, you are currently working a job that you hate, try at the very least to cultivate an attitude of acceptance, going about your tasks without resistance.  I also urge you to find the courage to leave that job (yes, even in today’s market when jobs are scarce) and find something that you can enjoy.  In the end, doing work you enjoy is far better than making gobs of money.

As we continue to learn how to consistently keep an attitude of gratitude toward our lives, let’s add enthusiasm to the list of signposts that tells us we are on the right path.  Remember that the more grateful you are, the more enthusiastic you are as you are going through your day, the more you will attract into your life the kinds of work and situations for which you can be grateful and enthusiastic.  Maybe you’ll even find yourself singing!

Valerie Saurer is a distributor for SendOutCards, a web-based greeting card service that makes it easy to keep in touch with the people who matter.  Who are you grateful for today?  Click here to send them a free card.

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