“Show up like you’re meant to be there, because your energy precedes anything you could possibly say.” - Marie Forleo
A colleague walks past your desk and exclaims “I am REALLY excited by this project!”, with a tired facial expression that clearly demonstrates otherwise.
That colleague is me. I am guilty of forgetting to be excited.
I watched a standup show at the Sydney Comedy Store recently, which got me thinking more about excitement at work. Every standup in the showcase was incredibly excited to be performing on stage. They were fully present, not over-the-top-fake-excited. That energy engaged me, and I leant forward a little bit, ready to laugh.
Before getting on stage, every comedian has to be incredibly excited.
The “stage” for you might look different. Although you might not be working in a comedy club, you are still performing when you chair a meeting, when you give a technical presentation, and when you praise your colleagues.
Before you get on stage, be incredibly excited.