What drives you? It’s funny, when one thinks about the word drive, the first inclination is to think of the concept of motivation or the soul force within that pushes towards a desired goal. If taken literally, the word drive means much more than a motivation. It begs the question, “what controls you?” When an individual is driving, they are controlling the direction of the wheel and ultimately the direction of the vehicle. An individual is driving the object to where she wants to go.

Let’s ask the question again. What drives you? What controls your life? At the very root of the force within you, what ideas, values, or morals activate your spirit? Many of us struggle with this very question. In fact, millions live in fear of lack of financial security or a loss of love from a person or people they value. Many live for the sake of competition: bigger, better, and stronger is what they pursue.

We see in today’s culture, celebrities have one of the highest rates of unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and suicide.  The story of why lays in their success; they have been so successful and have gained so much financial wealth that they don’t know what to do with it. The feeling of stagnation sets in and drives them to commit extreme dissatisfaction and sometimes even suicide. The seemingly unconquerable goal of financial abundance and success in their given field becomes a faint memory of the past.

If we can identify that it is indeed fear or insecurity driving our lives, we can make a game time adjustment; we can root out the lofty goals and motivations that will suck dry the joy and invigoration from doing the things we love.

In light of this, it is important to acknowledge each person has a different system of values and each situation looks organically different. One of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves is to ask the hard questions that deconstruct our lives. If we can identify that it is indeed fear or insecurity driving our lives, we can make a game time adjustment; we can root out the lofty goals and motivations that will suck dry the joy and invigoration from doing the things we love.

It’s my hope that you would find your drive and let it be life and inspiration to those around you!

Daniel Chae is the Founder of EQ Plus+ Consulting Services. He works alongside people to help them grow in their gifts and talents; his work has taken him to nearly every continent. Daniel is currently based in the Bay Area, California and attends Baylor University.