Today is the first day of the AFL season here in Australia and is a very exciting day for me.

Round one.

Richmond versus Carlton.

Clash of traditional rivals.

Ding, ding, ding!

I support the Richmond Football Club, and every year, I fall into the trap of looking forward to the season with great hope and enthusiasm.

I look at our new recruits, see the younger players who have developed and go through the draw to identify the winnable games.

Surely this is the year we get to sing our iconic anthem and hold the premiership cup aloft!

Then by about round 9, I can normally be found stomping around the house cursing the stupid game and promising never to be sucked in again.

Of course, it’s not just a new football season that has us excited at the start.

When we begin a new diet, we imagine how we will look after a few salads and gym sessions.

When we launch a new project, we tell everyone around that this new product or process will change the world.

When we start a new job, we get there early on day one and look forward to the opportunities.

The challenge isn’t to start with enthusiasm, it’s to sustain it.

Through the losses.

Through the inevitable disappointments.

Through the deep valleys when you don’t look as if you’re making any progress.

It was Winston Churchill who said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

If you can maintain the enthusiasm that you had at the start, you’ll go a long way towards being successful in whatever you set out to do.

And go Tigers!