Although obsessiveness often gets a bad rap, there are times when obsessiveness pays off. When you are starting something new, it is often the obsessive focus that will get you moving and keep you going. When you are obsessive about something, you don’t give up easily and you stick with it longer.
When I looked “obsessive” up in the dictionary, I found definitions that include the words “abnormal” and “disturbing preoccupation.” That doesn’t sound positive, but when you think about what it takes to reach a goal, especially a large one, obsession makes sense. I have found that, by being obsessive, I am able to accomplish goals that others said were impossible and even I thought might be a tad overzealous. My latest obsession is my health, perhaps an odd thing to be obsessive about. However, by being obsessive I don’t let anything get in the way of my exercise time, my meditation time and, of course, writing down everything I eat. I even bring measuring cups to restaurants with me and pack my own food if I think there might be a challenge getting what I need to eat. Obsessive? Yes! Effective? Most certainly!! Since the first of the year, I have lost 20 pounds. I don’t know how long I will need to be this obsessive, but for now it works.
When you set out to achieve a major goal in your life, being obsessive can support you in staying focused and on track. When I was working on my dissertation I found that the only way to complete it was to become obsessive about it. I had to create a single focus and everything else had to take a back seat. It takes an incredible amount of energy to do this, so I don’t recommend it long term or indiscriminately. However, when you want to achieve something major, being obsessive can be just the edge you need.
Is there something you need to become obsessive about?
This week, ask yourself if there is anything you need to become obsessive about. Is there a big goal that you are working on that has stalled or a project that needs to be accomplished and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere? This is a powerful tool, but obsession should be used with caution. The answer might be that nothing in your life calls for obsessiveness at this time, and that is great. This is a tool you can keep in your toolbox to use when the situation and desired outcome demand it.
Daily Success Formula
Major life goal = A call for the extreme
“Achievement requires more than a vision – it takes courage, resolve and tenacity.” Neil Eskelin
“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” Anthony Robbins