Fear Energy vs. Love Energy

by Amanda Linehan on January 23, 2010

in Best Of

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When you feel motivated to do something, no matter what it is, that motivation comes with a burst of energy. That energetic feeling is what gets you going on whatever it is you are doing.

But, where does that little burst of energy come from?

There are two types of energetic bursts – Fear energy and Love energy – and both are very powerful.

Fear energy is, for instance, when you show up to your job at your appointed starting time every day, even though this causes you to wake up much earlier than you want to, so that you don’t get in trouble with your boss. You are afraid to get into trouble, and that motivates you to get there at 8am promptly every day.

Love energy is, for instance, when you work for hours a week on your blog – that doesn’t make you any money – simply because it excites you and you love to do it. Your primary motivator in this situation is love of writing, connecting and sharing.

In both of these situations, there is powerful motivation at work, but each type of energy has a different feel to it.

In Fear energy, you are avoiding something that you don’t want to happen, so Fear energy essentially moves you farther away from something you don’t want. It propels you forward, but away.

In Love energy, you are going towards something that you desire, so Love energy essentially moves you closer to something you want. It propels you forward, and towards.

What things do you do out of Fear and what things do you do out of Love? Have you ever thought about it?

What does your life feel like if you have a preponderance of one or the other?

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments. Thanks!

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