Enthusiasm is contagious. If we really want to change something, we need enthusiasm.Motto of the day*
Ignite a flame
What spark do you want to bring into the world and what do you expect from it? Is it worth standing up for and giving the idea a real chance?
When people get excited about something, they and their body chemistry get moving. Then the so-called reward system is switched on. Messengers substances are released when the emotional centers in the brain are activated.
Genuine enthusiasm has a contagious effect. If well-prepared ideas are presented, enormous forces can be set in motion and develop a momentum of their own. But this often does not happen, because many a good idea remains unspoken and gathers dust. If we really want to change something, we need enthusiasm.
Excellent speakers know the effect of enthusiasm, and so does the audience. It’s those rare moments when the audience realizes they’re about to participate in something very special. They are often moments when there is complete silence in the room and everyone holds their breath. Anyone who experiences this will not forget it again so quickly. The idea has begun its journey!
I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.
Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.
How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?
Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:
- What triggers the topic in you?
- Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
- What is the significance of the statement for you?
- How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
- In what context could the statement be useful?
- Where and when do you want to remember it and how?
And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:
- What do you specifically disagree with?
- Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
- Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?
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Published: April 22, 2021
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: April 22, 2021
German version: Don’t look the other way when injustice occurs!