I went downstairs at 5:30 in the morning after my morning routine and workout.
I noticed the TV still on in the living room, and walk in and see my son asleep on the couch, while Game of Thrones continues to play on HBO.
I knew he was about to watch an episode when I went to bed last night. Did he binge and fall asleep sometime in the night.
I have mixed feelings.
As a Dad, I “can’t allow that” because… fill in the blank… it’s bad, violent, irresponsible parenting, etc.
As a businessman, mentor and coach, I see the obsession. He likes the show so much, he wants to watch as much as he can as quickly as he can.
I certainly understand that. I’ve had my obsessions. Marine Recon, Ironman, my first business and several other endeavors I plunged into wholeheartedly.
And of course, there’s restraint and some boundaries needed to teach this teenager.
I’ve seen that it’s so much easier to set up boundaries and introduce restraint than it is to “try” and insert passion, obsession, or drive into someone working from ‘obligation.’
When I’ve worked with partners or clients without passion and drive, it felt like work, and I couldn’t wait for the day to end.
When I’ve connected with people and missions that inspire and excite, I don’t know what time it is and lose myself in my efforts.
It’s one of the key elements I like to work with people on, finding what is ideal for them (in work, in life, in their business) and adjust their surroundings until it’s like an obsession.
Doesn’t it feel good to lose yourself and lose track of time?
And when I apply this to working with my clients, I see them and their businesses grow, and I grow in the process.
It really does come back to having the right mindset. Click here to learn more about the right mindset.