I tend to be emotionally attached to things I do. It's bad because it costs me more to achieve my goals. Let me explain:
When I read a book of which I love the cover and typography or the starting chapters, or for which I heard lots of good reviews, I would try to read and digest 100% of that book even when 80% of the content isn't quite helpful in achieving my goal. / Or when I realize the book doesn't come up to the hype after reading 30% of it, I feel obliged to finish it because otherwise it would not be a whole.
When I use an IDE to develop software which I have fallen in love with because it's a breeze to use and everything seems right there it is when I need them, suddenly something trivial breaks and I can't help it but have to spend hours looking for solution to fix it which isn't that important at all.
When my current projects are making money and I want to make them the best in the world by over-thinking too much in detail, refactoring my code over and over again without actually delivering any improvements for months. I could have made more with continuously minor deliveries.
When I'm emotionally attached with a site design of mine, I will very probably not change it even when customers complain about it.
When I have a bigger plan for a simple feature that my customers voted down, I feel obliged to fulfill the plan by spending more time on the feature, which is essentially wasted.
When my desk is a mess I would probably not give it too much attention but when it is cleaned up, tidy and well organized, god I become attached to it and I swear I would do everything I can to keep it that way forever! Effectively costing me half an hour or more every day - probably much more because I spare my attention to it every once in a while.
Basically, it's not an objective-oriented mindset but indulgence in one's obsession; obsessions that are costing much more than are producing, and that are negating my efforts in achieving my goals.
It's not easy to get out of the obsession / attachment while trapped in it. You feel it necessary and required for the goal while it actually IS NOT.
This is preventing me from achieving great things because I'm holding dear of too much that is no more than just dispensable in my life. I'm afraid to lose them. Is this greed? Greed to do (own) it all, do (own) it best? Or is it simply a psychological issue?
I think the great people are great because they are free to give up or abandon things when they need to since they are not emotionally / psychologically attached to them. They move from one thing to another at will, designing and creating with whatever that comes handy, without falling attached to any of them. Their minds are truly free. They are not bound to materials, substantial or notional. Napoleon, Tesla, Elon Musk, da Vinci, Franklin, the list goes on and on.
Too often I feel attached to (slaved by) the things I own, the things I know, the things I did, and the things I treasure that I cannot give up but keep devoting in fulfilling or maintaining them.
How can I not?