The dictionary defines “obsession” as an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.
While most of the world seems to treat this mind-set like a fatal disease, the truth is that being obsessed is completely natural. It is an innate ability we are gifted at birth. Obsession is not a disease, it is a prerequisite to get where you want to go. If you are not one hundred percent obsessed with your mission or your purpose, nobody (not even you) will take you seriously.
The minute the world understands your commitment to your obsession, every brick wall, every barrier and every single obstacle in your way will seem like a small stepping stone.
Obsession is like the proverbial brick wall; you want to build it so big that people are astonished by it. And just like the wall, you must keep adding one brick at a time as perfectly a brick can be laid. It has to get bigger and better so people will keep noticing it. You must obsess over this wall, or it will collapse.
The moment you become obsessed with your purpose, you will become addicted to seeing it come to fruition. But these ideas and thoughts must dominate your thoughts at every waking minute. Because if they do not preoccupy your own thoughts, how do you expect others to seriously consider them? Science has proven that the average person has 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. This translates to 35-48 thoughts per minute per person. This means that at any given minute of every day your mind is littered with thoughts. Why not let those thoughts be your obsession and let them consume you?
From the minute we are born, we are naturally obsessed. We are infatuated with learning, walking, talking, affection: we use one hundred percent of our energy for whatever goal we want to accomplish. As children there isn’t an endeavor we don’t approach with a relentless obsession. From the first step we take, the minute we fall, we get up because we are obsessed with walking. We are even obsessed with our material possessions; the instant we see somebody with something that belongs to us, all hell breaks loose because we are obsessed with it. Obsession; therefore, is a natural human state.
Being obsessed doesn’t become a problem until we get older and society tells us who we should be. At a certain point in our lives we let society suppress our obsessions. We let THEM convince us that our commitment to a goal is wrong and is not normal. It is at this point that we, as children, start believing that that our interest or passion for life and adventure is unnatural. We have let society bully us and beat us down.
Those who have given up on their obsessions have now convinced us to give up on ours.
They have convinced us that our voracious obsessions are delusional.
They convinced us to move from higher levels of thinking and actions to “average” levels.
They convinced us to “shrink so that they won’t feel insecure around us.”
They convinced us that we only had “a few good years in us.”
They convinced us to be who we are today.
Do you remember who you were before society convinced you of who you should be?
“There is not talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. I am not talented, I am obsessed!” Conor McGregor