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What Type of Obsession Do You Have?

If you’re anything like me then you dream of achieving great success in your life, whether it be on the court, in the classroom, relationship, career or in some other aspect in your life. One of the things that will help you get there is having a heathy obsession with the process and achieving your goal. To be as successful as possible, you must allow yourself to become obsessed with your journey and obsessed with getting better.

Albert Einstein once said, “I know quite certainly that I have no special talent. Curiosity, obsession, and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.” If you read that again, Einstein said he had “no special talent!” he just had an obsession and dogged endurance.

This is the kind of obsession you will find in people like Kobe Bryant (RIP), Serena Williams, Steph Curry, Paige Bueckers, and Michael Phelps.

What exactly does it mean to have a healthy obsession with being successful? Oh, I am so glad you asked. It means being completely dedicated and driven to achieving your goals, while also maintaining balance in your life and not allowing your obsession to become all-consuming. When you have a healthy obsession with being successful it does not mean you neglect the other important parts of your life, like your family, your schoolwork, mental health, hygiene, nutrition, or physical well-being. When having a healthy obsession, you’re able to have balance in your life while still be committed to your goals and becoming successful.

Here is what a person with a healthy obsession looks like:

  1. Goal-Oriented: Someone who is obsessed with success in a healthy way is typically very goal-oriented. They have a clear idea of what they want to achieve and work hard to make it happen. They set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals and create action plans to accomplish them.

  2. Positive Mindset: A healthy obsession with success involves having a positive mindset. Instead of being driven by fear, anxiety, or self-doubt, a person with a healthy obsession is fueled by a desire to achieve their goals and live up to their potential. They are confident in their abilities, but they also recognize that success requires hard work and persistence.

  3. Balanced Approach: Someone with a healthy obsession with success knows how to balance their drive for achievement with other aspects of their life, such as relationships, health, and leisure time. They understand that success is not just about achieving goals, but also about living a fulfilling life.

  4. Resilience: A healthy obsession with success also involves resilience. This means that even when faced with setbacks, failures, or obstacles, the person remains committed to their goals and finds ways to overcome the challenges they encounter.

Here is what a person with an unhealthy obsession looks like:

  1. Perfectionism: Someone with an unhealthy obsession with success may be a perfectionist, constantly striving for flawlessness in everything they do. They may have unrealistic expectations of themselves and others and may become excessively self-critical when they fall short of their goals.

  2. Overworking: An unhealthy obsession with success can also lead to overworking. The person may work long hours, neglecting their physical and mental health and relationships with family and close friends, in pursuit of their goals. They may also be unwilling to accept help from others and lead with a “I don’t need your help” mindset.

  3. Fear of Failure: An unhealthy obsession with success can be driven by a fear of failure. The person may be so afraid of not achieving their goals that they become paralyzed with anxiety or may engage in excessive risk-taking behavior to ensure success.

  4. Tunnel Vision: Someone with an unhealthy obsession with success may have tunnel vision, focusing solely on their goals and neglecting other important aspects of their life, such as relationships, health, or personal growth.

  5. Lack of Satisfaction: Finally, an unhealthy obsession with success can lead to a lack of satisfaction, even when goals are achieved. The person may feel like they can never do enough or may constantly raise the bar for themselves, leading to a cycle of perpetual dissatisfaction.

Overall, a healthy obsession with success is driven by a strong desire to achieve meaningful goals, a positive mindset, a balanced approach to life, and resilience in the face of challenges. An unhealthy obsession with success is characterized by perfectionism, overworking, fear of failure, tunnel vision, and a lack of satisfaction. It can lead to burnout, poor mental health, and strained relationships.

What type of obsession do you have when it comes to success?

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