What Drives Your Life? Fear?

If you’ve been reading this week, you know that we have been talking about the things that may drive your life, based on Rick Warren's "A Purpose Drive Life".  If you don’t think it is guilt or anger, maybe your life is driven by another strong emotion: 3. Is Fear Driving You?

Many people are driven by fear.  This fear can come from a number of places: it could be ingrained, based on a traumatic experience, can come from cognitive distortions, be based on past failures, a dysfunctional upbringing, or even unrealistic expectations.

We all experience fear as a core feeling.  I believe that fear is both a positive and negative emotion.  Fear is positive in that it keeps us alive-it sends off “DANGER” warnings in our brains when something doesn’t feel right.  It is that gut feeling or intuition that helps guide our decisions.

Fear can also be a negative emotion.  What if your fear is so big, that it holds you back?  Many people who are fear-driven miss great opportunities because they are just too scared.  They are not risk-takers and play it safe in all areas of their lives.

Fear can become a self-inflicted prison that can keep you from your greatest potential.  It is the little voice that says “I can’t do that” or “I’m not good enough” or “What if I fail?”  The opposite of fear is FAITH and LOVE.  If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, it is amazing the mountains you can move.  Don’t let your fear be the reason you never accomplish your hopes or dreams!

Continue to read this week as we talk about more things that may drive your life!

Source: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

 

Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group.  Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling.  Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.