When I am working and living in passion and purpose I experience some interesting side effects.
My obsessive compulsive traits quiet down. I am less concerned with perfectionism.
I am known for hitting the gym 7 days a week and cleaning my house to a sparkle at the most inconvenient times.
I will do things to my own detriment. For most of my life I really did not think I had the ability to stop.
But then something interesting happened. I stepped away from a career that I did not enjoy and I created BauerHouse. And rather suddenly, I stopped obsessing.
I still have time for '2 a days' at the gym, but I am just not compelled to do it anymore. I'm choosing a balanced approached without thinking about it. And I've had a lot of therapy. So this is interesting.
Why did I stop obsessing? I have found purpose and passion. Purpose and passion create the chemicals and hormones in my brain and body that I was seeking through obsessive behaviors.
What does this mean for me? A lot.
My husband would often look at me in complete bewilderment and ask....why do you need to do this now? He'd say, babe, you will have to give something up if you plan to add more to your plate.
I would reply from my soul-- I can't. I have to do it all. I have to and I can't explain why.
I thought I was just a little broken. It was painful but I couldn't stop.
But the power of passion has changed the way I think and the way I experience joy.
It's quite powerful.
Do you get stuck in obsession and overdoing? If so, what are you passionate about? Do you want to explore it with me?