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You can go from apathy to eagerness with the right motivation.
BY ALFONSO BUCERO, MSc, PMP, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
When I looked for ways to motivate myself early in my career, I saw every project not only as a learning opportunity but also an opportunity to make people happier. And
the key to doing that was fostering enthusiasm.
As a project manager, there’s a way to develop
enthusiasm so meaningful and profound that it will
not decline no matter what strain it is put under:
1. Decide what particular personal characteristic you
want to strengthen.
2. Develop it by acting as if you already possess the
3. Believe and repeatedly affirm that you’re in the
process of creating the quality you’re working to
If you want to be a more enthusiastic, for example,
you must act with enthusiasm!
Another practice to foster an optimistic attitude is
that of “mental ventilation.” Clear your mind of the
gloomy, foreboding thoughts that prevent the cheerful
and spirited thinking that stimulates enthusiasm.
Getting up on the Right Side of the Bed
A vital element in developing enthusiasm as a project
manager is the manner in which you start the day.
Approaching each morning with enthusiasm can set
the tone for the entire day—despite any disappointing
news you may face.
I always read some positive sentences after having
my breakfast. Regardless of how busy my day is going
to be, for those few minutes, I don’t permit any hurry
or haste, even in thought.
As you progress in your career, many things conspire
to dull your enthusiasm: disappointments, project failures, frustrated hopes, unmet ambitions and the inevitable energy drain. But such deterioration of your life
force happens only if you allow it. If you make a real
effort, you can remain an enthusiastic project manager.
As a project manager, there’s a
way to develop enthusiasm so
meaningful and profound that it
will not decline no matter what
strain it is put under.
vators. I’m always looking for new projects and initiatives that help me feel alive and happy. Develop your
enthusiasm and apply your passion to managing the
people involved in your projects.
Start the day focused on your blessings, and you will
react to your issues with a more positive approach—
and your enthusiasm will never die. PM
Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, is an independent consultant who manages projects
throughout Europe and Asia. He is the
author of Today Is a Good Day!: Attitudes for Achieving Project Success.