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Exclamation Point.
April 15, 2003.

"Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation."
Unknown Author

How many days of our lives have we spent complaining, explaining and making excuses why things can’t be done? Too many to be sure. Instead of getting busy and getting going, how many of us find that our get up and go has got up and gone?

Rather than offer up a myriad of excuses and reasons why things can’t be done and why we aren’t doing them, how much could we accomplish if we replaced these wasted moments and frittered opportunities with all of the energy, enthusiasm and excitement we could muster?

"The world belongs to the energetic."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Johann von Goethe said, "Energy will do anything that can be done in the world." Anything. With energy, we can move mountains. Without it, we can barely move ourselves. Energy is the sustaining source of all great action. It sometimes seems like the only difference between winning and coming up short of the mark is the amount of energy we hold inside of ourselves.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that when you are forced to do something that you would rather not do, your energy level quickly dissipates. Why? Because you’re not real interested in the task, that’s why. However, when you’re actively pursuing something that excites you, inspires you and makes you come alive, your energy level soars off the charts. Whenever you are pursuing your true purpose in life, you never have to worry about running low on energy.

"Enthusiasm is the yeast that raises the dough."
Paul J. Meyer

Enthusiasm is the life blood of living. Whenever you get enthusiastic about something, you instantaneously ignite your internal flame. By throwing your entire heart and soul into the effort — totally energized and enthusiastic — you pump an indefatigable power throughout the entire length of your body. Whenever you combine energy with enthusiasm, you throw fuel on a raging fire. Your energy provides the power — but your enthusiasm pulls the switch.

"Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself ... nothing is impossible!"
Norman Vincent Peale

You need to get excited about life. And not just excited, but super charged and super fired up! Come on, why in the world wouldn’t you be wildly excited about the limitless opportunity each new day affords us all?

You need to capture the energy and get enthusiastic. Not sooner or later or whenever you get around to it, but right here and right now. You'll discover that when you finally let go and let it rip, holding nothing back or in reserve, the excitement will sweep over your entire body like a tidal wave.

Then, when your life is brimming with energy, enthusiasm and excitement, you’ll find that you're barely able to contain yourself.

So don’t.

The Bottom Line: When you make your life an exclamation - the energetic, exciting and enthusiastic adventure that it deserves to be - you'll leave the explanations behind for good.

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