“I have observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force for envy and jealousy.” Ecclesiastes 4:4 (LB)
From the Book: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren I have learned that “Everyone’s life is driven by something”. Stay tuned with me as I want to share the lessons learned from this book
The Five (5) Most Common Drives
1. Many people are driven by guilt
The guilt-driven people allow their past to control their future. They spend their lives running from regrets and hiding their entire shame and in the process, they punish themselves by sabotaging their success.
2. Many people are driven by resentment and anger
These kind of people hold on hurts and never get over them. Instead of releasing their pain through forgiveness, they rehearse it over and over in their minds. The lesson learned is that; resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent – while your offender has probably forgotten the offense and go on with life; you on the other side continue to stew in your pain , perpetuating the past.
3. Many people are driven by fear
Fear-driven people often miss the opportunities because they are afraid to venture out. Whatever the results of their fear; be it traumatic experiences, unrealistic expectations, genetic predispositions or maybe to having grown up in a high-controlled home, be careful! Do not prison yourself because of fear. Do not try to play safe, avoid risks, or try to maintain the status core because of fear. I learned that fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intended for you to be.
4. Many people are driven by materialism
There is a misconception that having more will make one happy, more important, and more secure. But the truth is that: all the three are not untrue. Possessions only provide temporary happiness. Why is that so? The fact is that: things do not change, eventually we become bored with them and want newer, bigger and better ones. So, the lesson learned is that: wealth can be lost instantly through a variety of uncontrollable factors, but real security can only be found in which that can never be taken from – your relationship with God.
5. Many people are driven by the need for approval
I don’t know all the keys to success, but one key to failure that I know is to try to please everyone! This is the hardest lesson I have ever learned in my life. I have learned that no matter how much you can try, you cannot appease to the whole world, know that. Do not allow the expectations of your parents, spouse, children, teachers or even friends to control your life.
These forces can drive your life to unused potential, unnecessary stress and unfulfilled life. Say “No” to such pressures! Know that: being controlled by the opinions of others is a guaranteed way to miss God’s purpose for your life. That I know for sure and have experienced it. Never allow that! Life has taught me that as much as we try to live our own lives and learn from the experiences of others and our own; there are still adults out there that are still battling and trying to earn the approval of their unpleasable parents. This is a what this book has taught me and it do the same to you
Hope this teachings that I have shared with you today will help you to assess your life; take time to amend it and refocus it so that you begin to live it fully and with an intended purpose
With special thanks to the author #RickWarren and the richness of this book 📚 May this book continue to transform the lives of many
Love you all