I found this blog really interesting, and it makes some very valid points. I think anything that becomes your SOLE obsession, to the exclusion of loved ones and balance, is a bad thing.
For some people, competing becomes this obsession. We all know what a narcissistic endeavor it is to prep for a physique stage. It's pretty much a requirement to spend an unhealthy amount of time staring at yourself in photos and in the mirror. That is definitely one part of competing that I grew very tired of, and dropped like a hot potato as soon as the shows were is done: staring at myself and all the bloody exfoliating! (I still stare at myself and exfoliate, but to a much lesser degree. ) Blegh.
My take, however, is that if you're a person prone to obsessing and pouring yourself into things in an all-or-nothing way, you're going to be this way no matter what you're doing, whether it's ballroom dancing, your career, writing a book, flower arranging, scrapbooking, volunteering, whatever. One all-consuming "passion" after the next. If you don't know how to maintain a healthy balance between all the things in your life, it's not the things you're engaging in that are the problem, the problem is YOU. In other words, you may be choosing to throw yourself into these things outside of yourself to avoid dealing with who you are (and what you feel) on the inside.
Figure yourself out, connect the dots between the mental, physical, and spiritual, and you CAN do anything you set your mind to, without leaving a trail of collateral damage to yourself and others in your wake. Yes, I'm coming from personal experience here.
Anyway, thought this was another good blog to post here to spark some discussion and/or feed your brain.
Your Self-Discipline is Showing
Posted on June 17, 2012 by Go Kaleo
P.S. Amber seems like a really cool, hardcore chick. Takes one to know one.