Are you Driven?


What does it mean to be a person who is driven to succeed? Can “drive” be good and bad? Is it okay to use our own personal desires to fuel our drive?

Sometimes our drive is fueled by passions and desires that do not necessarily line up with what God has planned for us. When this misalignment occurs we become frustrated, sometimes even experience the sensation of being “stuck”. I think it is in these moments that we need to take a step back and reevaluate why we feel the need to do the things we do. I like to consider myself to be a driven person. I struggle between taking action and letting things run their course every day. In my struggle, I have found that the best course of action is to take a step back. I find myself purposefully slowing down to evaluate my actions and ideas. I ask myself a lot of questions during this process. Is what I’m doing or want to do going to bring me closer to being a positive being? Are my actions self-serving or do they serve to help uplift others? My answers to these questions help me realign my goals to become a more positive and uplifting person. Having the desire and drive to succeed is not a bad thing. However, it is important to remain driven to help others rather than only oneself.

What drives me is my desire to help others in need, especially children and young adults. As a young adult, I have been blessed many times over to be on the receiving end of a number of gracious people in my life. In my life, I have always had someone, either adult or friend, to turn to when I felt overwhelmed and unsure. I know that I have been blessed in this aspect, and I only hope to be a source of openness and understanding for other young people. Sometimes a young person just needs to know that someone cares and is present for them. I hope to be that person for young people who feel alone or left behind. It is my belief that whatever drives a person, whether it is family, friends, or a personal belief, is intertwined with our purpose here on earth. By reflecting on why we do what we do, we are able to take one step closer to understanding our role in this life.

Content Submitted by: T. Woods