38 Special Fix for the Loop Flop: Compelled to Obsess, Obsessed to Compel

Forbes entrepreneur blogger Eric Schiffer writes about breaking free of obsessions to reach goals, here.

Obsessing focuses not on what you are doing or even what you want, but on ill-timed imperatives. To set a summit goal then obsess on each stepping stone will tire out the best of ascendants, leaving them on the mountain in the dark, taking forever.

Focus and obsession aren’t the same thing. Focus sees something as it really is in its context. Obsession loses track of what something actually is in favor of processing it, and fears that if it isn’t done now, the sky will fall. Too much tension blows energy, forgets priorities, and trends in error.

A good way to memorize this principle is by singing to yourself the following 38 Special song, or at least the lyrics:

Fitness that adapts stays with you.

Best,

Mike

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3 thoughts on “38 Special Fix for the Loop Flop: Compelled to Obsess, Obsessed to Compel

  1. When I’m obsessing, in any area, it’s coming from an insecure place, a panicked place. When I’m secure I’m able to focus, knowing I can accomplish the task as a mere mortal would, not a Hercules. Our culture seems particularly given to obsession. I didn’t feel this spirit near as much in western Europe when I lived there. Here, an Iron Man is no longer enough. Now it has to be a triple Iron Man to impress people. Really????

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