Obsession (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary): A persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling; broadly: compelling motivation.
The word “obsessed” tends to have a negative connotation because many people believe that obsession with something (or someone) is usually destructive or harmful. I’ve got to tell you, you must be obsessed to get anything done. Any individual or group that accomplished something significant was completely obsessed with the idea of it.
Look at kids. Children are a wonderful example of inherent obsession. They are almost instantly fixated with any task they encounter — learning, mimicking, discovering, playing, and utilizing their full energy for whatever captures their interest. Try resisting a child who is obsessed with getting a toy or their favorite food or having you read them a book. It’s nearly impossible because they don’t quit until they get it.
If you become obsessed with your idea, purpose or goal, you will become equally addicted to the idea of making it work. After all, if your ideas do not excessively preoccupy your own thoughts, how can you ever expect them to preoccupy the thoughts of others?
Something has to absorb your thoughts every second of every day—so what should it be? Make your dreams, goals, and mission the dominant concern of your mind and your actions!