Ways To Make Sure Your Passion Is Not Obsessive

The first stage of making great transformation is to embody your passion. You have to love what you do to make great transformation. Loving it provides resilience when things get tough. When you find an activity or a goal you are passionate about, it is hard to distinguish it from who you are.

You must also be careful to not let this become obsessive passion. Obsessive passion makes people less open-minded and less flexible, and sometimes so compulsively focused on their work that they become unaware of what is going on around them. Your industry could be changing and making what you are trying to do obsolete. You could lose time, money, and relationships before you realize all you have actually been doing is rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic in the most efficient and conscientious way.

People with obsessive passion allow other parts of their lives to suffer. They is dangerous in organizations because they perceive themselves as the hardest workers, and yet sometimes their work is ineffective and their attitude and behaviors can have negative impacts on others.

The easiest way to tell if you have harmonious or obsessive passion is the way it makes you feel. Ask yourself, Are you excited to do your work? Is the experience enjoyable? Do you have a sense of flow-just losing yourself in the work? When you end a long period of work are you energized? Do you still have energy for other things you care about in your life?

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