Passion or Obsession?
Passion. Do you have it?
How passionate are you about the activities you engage in whether at work or your personal life?
Are you bored and frustrated, or so passionate that you verge on obsession?
Passion is defined as any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
Obsession is defined as the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
Can you see how one might lead to the other?
Forget life balance: Throwing yourself 110 percent into a complex project could be the key to creative breakthroughs—and to a meaningful life.
The authors claim that healthy obsessions, those where you are focused on “doing good” in the world:
Allow you to clear away distractions and focus on the project or task at hand.
Rid you of boredom
Allow you to live with exhaustion because you believe so much in what you’re working on.
The authors also believe that “dabbling” creates “sad people”.
One woman profiled in the article had such a passion for and obsession with a comment her high school biology teacher made, she dug deeper into the topic during grad school. The result? She wrote a book that hit #2 on the New York Times best seller list.
On a personal note, I’m passionate about helping adults and teens feel good about themselves. I’m passionate about running, yoga, cooking, healthy living, travel. I tapped in to my passion in part by taking time to quiet all the naysayers, explore options and opportunities, and tune in to my strengths. Sometimes the ideas I generate, are as the authors state, exhausting. At the same time the thought of making a difference in someone’s life invigorates me.
What about you? Do you have the kind of passion for something that it borders on obsession? Does it keep you up at night, get you up early in the morning and it’s all you can think or talk about?
ONE OF MY PASSIONS…
Is spreading healthy living and bringing people together. That’s why I’m starting a quarterly walking/hiking group, beginning this Sunday. It’s free to attend, with a suggested donation of $5 to 10 to benefit the American Heart Association (optional). We’ll take a moderate hike to the top, practice a little yoga and head back. No experience in hiking or yoga needed! Do something good for you while doing something good for others. That’s feel good living. Click here to learn more about the hike.