Can you be too enthusiastic when starting out with a new endeavour whether it’s changing your lifestyle, taking up a new hobby, training for a marathon or learning a new language?
Can this fake enthusiasm be the weak link that’s going to stop you dead in your tracks after a relatively short timeframe?
I definitely think so. In fact I know so. I would say that excessive/unhealthy/fake/unrealistic/unsustainable enthusiasm (or whatever you want to call it) is one of the top reasons that most people never get anywhere near the goals that they set out for themselves when they start any endeavour. It seems that they are setting themselves up for this new activity to take over their lives from day one.
Unfortunately they are destined to fail. That is until they decide to try again months or years later with the same attitude.
We all know people like this:
- Gung ho for the first week or 2
- Tell the world
- Plasters it all over Facebook
- Get all the gear
- Dive straight into the deep end and go hell-for-leather
- Can’t understand why you haven’t embraced their way of thinking- THEM: I can’t believe you still smoke. YOU: You were smoking 2 days ago?
There are many examples of this besides the one I give in the video.
The people who stay the course over time with any endeavour and achieve the goals that they have set out for themselves approach things with a very common sense attitude and calmness.
They realise anything worth doing takes time and that there will always be set backs. No big deal.
They train hard, get educated, implement what they learn and make progress. If necessary they make adjustments and move forward again.
The phrase unhealthy or unrealistic enthusiasm mightn’t be the best way to get my message across so here’s a quick video to explain what I mean.
Looking forward to hearing you feedback in the comments sections.