Most of the decisions we make in life result out of acting out of one of two things: love or fear. The next time you’re faced with a challenge – will you react out of love or out of fear?

Mindful Monday: Most of the decisions we make in life result out of acting out of one of two things: love or fear. The next time you're faced with a challenge - will you react out of love or out of fear? | @TheFoodieDietitian

I took a yoga class with Cara at Sweat and Soul Yoga a few weeks ago and she said something that really stuck with me. She said that most of our actions and decisions in life are made as a reaction of either love or fear. And she asked how do we want to react? Do we want to live a life based out of self doubt, fear, and anxiety or do we want to live a life based out of love?

And it got me thinking. How am I living my day-to-day? Am I reacting out of self-doubt and fear or am I reacting out of love? I realized that more often than I cared to admit, I was probably acting out of a place of self-doubt and fear.

And when we react out of a place of fear, we’re far from the best versions of ourselves and we’re typically not happy with the final outcome.

So, how do we get happy with the outcome? How do we be the best versions of ourselves? We act out of love.

Rather than trying to be fearless, which can be a hard ideal to attain, why not strive for love? Love is something that is fairly easy to cultivate, right? Sometimes, It’s easier to focus on what to do – spread love – rather than what not to do (be fearful).

As I approach 2015 and have my new years intentions in mind, I’m trying to keep this division of fear vs. love clear in my head as I embark on decisions in my day-to-day. I’m almost using it as a guideline for steering me in one direction vs. the other.

How do you act and react? And where does it get you? Would things look differently if you acted out of a place of love?

Because when we consciously choose love, we not only positively affect ourselves, but all of those around us.

Can you use this as a mantra for the year ahead? Or simply, as a gut-check?

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  1. Sara Haas

    As always Kara, you have great messaging! And this one is great! I promise to produce more love this year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I never thought of things in this light. A great thing to be mindful about and I’m going to try my best to carry this with me throughout the week!

  3. Love this thought provoking post! I am too often guilty of not taking risks due to being fearful. I love little reminders like this that really make you think and try to better yourself moving forward. Thanks for sharing this post!

    • Thanks for sharing, Danielle! I’m guilty of the same but try to be more conscious of this to not let it affect my decision making as much. Love the saying “do one thing every day that scares you.” When we take risks and step outside of our comfort zones, we grow!

  4. Fabulous post Kara! One of the things that resonated with me in your post was this question – “How do you act and react?” Unfortunately, I think most people, myself included, react to situations. I’m going to be more mindful of that.

  5. Totally love this! Everyone in the entire world can relate to it! We all make decisions every single day!

  6. I also hate to admit that this past year in 2014, I feel like I have been living more out of self-doubt and fear. I’m not sure why it came on all of a sudden but I am ready to say goodbye and start saying hello to love! Your potential will never grow if you’re constantly living in fear ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for another great MM!

  7. This is such a great thing to think about!

  8. I just love this! Thanks for always starting my Mondays out on an inspired note ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thanks for sharing these thoughts! I have a lot I want to accomplish in 2015 and know I won’t get very far if I let fear get the better of me!

  10. You always have such great, practical advice ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year lovely lady!

  11. Shawn Z.

    I just love this concept. Jen (from the Biggest Loser…my guilty pleasure) talked about this during her intro. It’s so true and it helps to encourage actions that we can all be content with in the end. Great post, Kara! ๐Ÿ˜€