Spice up 2011 with enthusiasm

By Kay Wagner LMP, CPT | Jan 05, 2011

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm.  It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

- Norman Vincent Peale.

When I called my personal trainer recently, she sounded so enthusiastic I was instantly aware of how negative I had been lately.

Then I read Peale’s quote about enthusiasm.  Now I am inspired by the choice I have to nourish my life with optimism.

Dale Carnegie said, “If you want to be enthusiastic, ACT ENTHUSIASTIC.”

 With these concepts as my key ingredients I’ve concocted this recipe for a lively, passionate outlook:


One large pan of an open mind and heart;  
Add a cupful of appreciation for loving friends and family;
Mix in a large bunch of viewing ‘obstacles’ and the unknown as opportunities;
Knead in thanks and appreciation;
Toss in a pinch of praise for all you have accomplished;
Stir in a handful of charity and good will to others;
Season with a clear direction toward your sparkling dreams and goals;
Blend in fun, healthy exercise;
Simmer ingredients together;
Savor your bounty;
Share with loved ones.

We all need a dishful of enthusiasm, but sometimes we scorch the dish.  Then, when we start over, we can perfect the recipe and prepare a new, even more delicious banquet.  

As Dale Carnegie said, “When fate hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

Got resolutions?  Be enthusiastic about them or make new ones.

And let’s remember that a healthy strong body is as vital to our eager, spirited outlook as salt and pepper to delicious meals.

“Enthusiasm is KEY to your well-being and an essential ingredient when it comes to exercise,” said Catherine Bongiorno, owner of Mukilteo’s Lift To Lose Fitness.  

 “Resolve now to upgrade your attitude towards working out,” she said. “Don't see it as drudgery, too hard, too boring.  Begin now to view your work outs as fun, challenging, stress-relieving, and effective.”

 Bongiorno is known for her enthusiasm and motivational abilities.   She suggests that you use repetition, reminding yourself throughout the day how much you enjoy taking care of yourself and your body.

 “The first few days (or even weeks), you'll have to force this,” she said. “Then it will come more naturally, and pretty soon, you'll fully believe what you tell yourself!”

What are YOUR key ingredients for a lively, positive outlook in 2011?  

For me it’s my commitment to eating my minimum daily requirement of dark chocolate! And appreciation for the fact that I have a choice about how I perceive my life and how to stay enthusiastic.

Dale Carnegie said, “Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”  Why not whip up a positive, nourishing, spicy feast of new thoughts and hearty dreams for 2011!

Kay Wagner LMP & NASM Certified Personal Trainer, specializes in BABYBOOMERS, leading Yoga, Pilates, Free weights & Fit-ball.  Her studios overlook the mountains and water, at 828 2nd St. in Mukilteo. Please call 425-353-4545. Learn more @ www.kaywagnerwellness.com.


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