Umption, Gumption Get Up And Go!

“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.”–W. Clement Stone

Are you excited about what you do?  Do you wake up in the morning with a burning desire to get out of bed and get started with the day because you just can’t wait to see what the day may bring? Well, you might not feel this way every day if you are human, because as the saying goes “every dog has it’s day”, however if you have a goal, a plan then most likely you will have an enthusiasm that will give you the rocket fuel you need to get through the “down days”!

We are all subject to discouragement, there will always be set-backs and times when things just don’t go as planned!  You have to remain focused so as not to allow these times to become a distraction from reaching the goals that you have set  for yourself!  Excitement and enthusiasm are very contagious, almost as much as are gloom, doom and discouragement!  It all starts up there in your noggin!  It is important that you keep your eyes on the positive outcome that you are shooting for rather than to get down and in the dumps once you hit a problem or difficulty!

People like excitement and so they enjoy being around others that are going somewhere and are able to emulate that enthusiasm which can be contagious!  Not everyone possesses this gift of enthusiasm as it comes more “natural” to be “realistic” and accept defeat, but it takes a real visionary to remain positive even in the midst of a storm!  I work with a fellow in Italy who has this gift and charisma! If you know Italy and just how difficult the government makes it to be successful through its tangled web of bureaucracy, then you would be amazed at anyone who can stay positive, especially in today’s economic climate!

My dear friend and entrepreneur surprises me with his upbeat attitude and umption and gumption, even in the face of what most of us would see as a disaster and  be tempted to turn tail and run!  But, let me tell you, this fellow despite the difficulties, the lack of formal education in his realm of business, he has been very successful and this is  thanks, in large part, to his positive and enthusiastic disposition!  I know for a fact that he doesn’t always feel like being positive, but the fact that he is able to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome has been proof to me that staying positive is very important and can mean the difference between success and failure!

Do you have umption and gumption and get up and go?

All Smoke And No Fire?

“There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.” –Vincent Van Gogh

To have fire you must have a spark, in order for it to become a hot and flaming fire, all of the conditions have to be just right.  A good mixture of oxygen set at just the right quantity will help to feed the flame and keep it burning bright and hot which helps eliminate smoke.  Same thing goes for an idea or an inspiration.  They come as a spark that potentially could light into a fire, but if not fed a good dose of oxygen, they can tend to only produce an ugly smoke.

There are different kinds of fires, there is the good fire that we use on a daily basis to cook and to heat our homes in the colder months of the year, and there are the bad fires that go out of control and burn down, damage and destroy.  It isn’t something that you want to play with but rather it is important to use with caution and learn to harness it once you get it going!  There was once a saying: “If you get on fire people will come to see you burn!” Naturally used as a metaphor, if you get inspired and do something exciting, it will draw people towards you to want to join in.

I know a few people who are just full of great ideas, or at lest they truly seem great.  They have more ideas than a dog has fleas, but they end up just talking about them and don’t get around to actually doing something with them.  This is like the match that starts off great, gets lit but then because of a lack of oxygen it goes out and only produces smoke.  Smoke can be annoying and tends to repel rather than attract.  Another problem that can arise is when you light the match and then too much oxygen is thrown on it in the form of wind and it gets blown out.

Back to people with great ideas, which one are you.  Do you have ideas but then don’t put feet to them to at least see if they might produce a good fire to warm yourself and others? Or do you have a great idea and start talking about how you are going to do this that or the other, but then end up doing nothing?  Then the last problem, do you have a great idea, but then allow yourself to be discouraged from even trying because everyone around you is blowing out the flame of your enthusiasm?

Don’t be all smoke and no fire! Don’t only talk about what you are going to do, or be overly cautious that your enthusiasm runs out and you are left smoldering instead of burning.  And do not allow others to discourage you through their doubts to the point they, with all their good intentions, end up blowing out the flame!  Take that idea, get it burning bright and hot and use it to change the world, or at least the world around you!

Why Do We Have To Grow Up?

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.– Aldous Huxley

As I was growing up we didn’t have so many of the cool things that are available to kids now a days.  When my own kids were smaller I used to think back at the time I was growing up, just to have a ball, a game-board, a bicycle was about as cool as it got.  We relied on our imagination to invent excitement, and it worked really well.  That is what I think is cool about kids, they can get excited about some of the most simple things.

Life starts out pretty simple but as the years go by, we do such a good job complicating things.  Most kids are full of imagination, you can give them a basket full of clothes pins and they can make it into an alien spaceship docking station! A ball can keep their attention for hours on end, a bicycle can endure a lifetime for some.

As we grow up and mature, we begin to see everything from a totally different perspective.  It is all natural and of course necessary, but it is a bit sad that while we are growing up, we tend to lose one of the most important things in life, our enthusiasm and simplicity.  I mean, little things that before seemed all-important to us get crowded out and we focus more on the difficulties, complexities of life.

The older we get, the more difficult it is to be pleased.  We no longer stop to watch the sunset, be amazed at the beauty of a flower, watch the night sky and follow a shooting star!  But when we finally stop our fretful running and begin to take notice once again of these miracles of nature, our childlike curiosity, and enthusiasm comes back to us and we return to our creative nature.

Kids just have that natural inborn faith and inventive mind, unfortunately in the great majority of us, that gift of faith and believing in the unseen, gets over-shadowed by our skepticism and doubt and over all fears. True genius is born from having faith and enthusiasm to invent what others cannot see. Ignorance seeps in when we no longer think that it is possible to see beyond our circumstances.

It is amazing, but just think about it, in the first 5 years of our lives we learn to use our hands, walk, run,speak as many languages as we are exposed to,  comprehend and the list is endless, we had no limitations, we simply absorbed all and took everything in.  Then as time goes on, we grow up, and begin to shut many things out, and in some cases our God-given creativity!

In some aspects, I hope that I never grow up! I am still figuring out what I am going to be when I do! But, am I off my rocker?  What do you think?