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Are You Focused, Or Are You Obsessed?

“To do anything at a high level, it has to be a total obsession.” — Conor McGregor

Being focused is wonderful, until everything else around us blows up. Don’t we wish that we could handle all the different aspects of our lives at the same time without any problems?

Working On Our Craft

We can easily spend our whole entire days in front of our computers, our laptops, in conference rooms or on conference calls, meeting with clients, sitting in front of prospects, pitching ideas, reading, writing or whatever else it may be. Under those circumstances, our minds are often so absorbed and focused on our work, business, clients, class, calls and meetings that we forget about everything else. Some say we enter the “flow zone.”

  1. An internal or external crisis forces us to distance ourselves from our work for a period of time.
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A Feeling Of Obsession

Obsession — noun: an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind. Whether it’s being obsessed about losing weight in 2018, sculpting a new body, being the best at whatever business, real estate or consulting profession or even pursuing a financial goal, these thoughts will enter and exit our minds constantly. We aren’t going to argue whether obsessions are a good or bad thing because that is not the goal of this. But I will say, they are necessary for some sort of success.

“If people don’t think you are crazy (business, ideas & goals), you are probably not thinking big enough yet.”

Answer this question honestly to yourself: are you focused in a positive or in a negative way? This could mean your work, profession, business or career. Does it ultimately align with a value system(s), religion, spirituality, family roots or something else? Do you concentrate on enhancing your craft, or are you obsessed by it to the point that 1) you’re moving in the right direction or 2) your life is falling apart?

Calls To Action:

1. Find ways of holding yourself accountable or find someone who will

Everyone has ways to bring more accountability into their lives. There are no excuses!

2. Build systems that help to keep yourself in check in regards to time and financial management

Whatever the system is, it needs to be something or someone that allows you to automatically review whether or not you are maintaining the balance you need in your life in regards to time and financial management. Ask yourself some questions such as:

  • Have I done enough physical activity and working out today and this week?
  • Have I grown myself in terms of reading, writing and listening to audios today and this week?
  • Have I had enough opportunities for rest, relaxation, family time, social events and time with children today and this week?

3. Practice Self-Awareness

So, emotional intelligence (EQ) is much more important than IQ in 2017, leading into 2018 and beyond. According to EQ, success is strongly influenced by personal qualities such as perseverance, grit, tenacity, self-control, discipline and skill in getting along well with others.

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