The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 19, 2013

Career Coach: Enthusiasm is contagious


— Get feedback from a trusted friend or coach about how you come across. Are you enthusiastic? You say yes, but others say no. You may not be aware of your facial expressions or nonverbals and how much they can indicate that you are either happy and enthusiastic or miserable and skeptical. Yet, while you may not be aware of this, others around you can read it very easily. You may be wondering why they don't find you open or engaged at work. It could be partly because of how you come across. Several executives that I have coached never realized that they were sending negative vibes to others based on their facial expressions. They never really knew how upset or unhappy they looked. Just by being aware of this and working to maintain a positive facial image enables you to change how others perceive you.

— Take time for hobbies to reduce stress and to keep you pleasant. It's amazing how exercise or having fun can alter your mood. It sounds obvious, but often we put off taking that walk or working on that puzzle or going to a museum. Yet, once we do it, we realize how much fun we have had and we come back to our work with a much better perspective. So treat yourself to some fun time.

— Have passion and find inspiration for what you are doing. What's the purpose for it? How does it help you or anyone else? Passion is critical to keep you excited about your work and to keep your enthusiasm high, even during stressful times. If you're not passionate for your work, why would anyone around you (e.g., customers, employees you supervise, etc.) be interested in it?

— Think about what you are grateful for. Some folks keep gratitude journals and write down each day what they are thankful for. When you think about things in this way, and express gratitude for all that you have, it puts things into perspective for you. It makes it easier to be positive each day.

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