Self Actualization - Satisfy Your Real Needs In Life
Self actualization is about the attainment and maintenance of life's basic needs. There is much material available, on and offline, on this important subject. This just illustrates the importance of what we need in life. And what our needs in life actually are.
A more general look
Maslow and self actualization are almost synonymous. Maslow gives a list of very particular needs and in a priority and hierarchical order. The basic needs of a physiological, safety/security, love/belongingness, and self esteem nature. Maslow's basic principles of self actualization help to focus the mind - and gives us some direction to aid in the fulfilment of our needs in life.
My focus here
So self actualization is important in our lives. Here I would rather focus on the actual needs themselves. To consider what needs really are, and what they really mean to us and our lives, I think this will help focus our efforts and be of great practical benefit to us.
What are needs?
While we all know what we need - and yes at times it changes from one moment to the next - knowing what we want and getting it are two different things. Equally do we know what a need really is? Do we really know our needs?
Can we define a need?
What exactly is a need? The following are possible examples of types of need
What is a need?
A real or false path . . .
Life would be easy if we had the path ahead of us drawn out in glorious Technicolor. That picture or view would lose (for us) a lot of the magic and splendour of life. The uncertainty, the surprise, the unexpected - they would be there for all to see and hence not be uncertain, create no surprise, and . . .
So it seems - life is a temptress. Life is a can of unknowns. A can of wonders, wisdom, great times and lesser times all flowing forth in time - our time - for us to experience and try to make sense of.
But life is not like that, is it?
Reality dawns . . .
What happens in the real world?
and it goes without saying that we require life to be true to us - as we try to be true to life
And how do we know if our need is the genuine article?
What is genuine? How do we assess the genuine? How do we discern what is real and good and positive, against what is false, bad and negative? We need to
and how do we or should we validate a requirement or course of action or a self actualization need?
and how should we judge or conclude our evaluation? Is it an easy job this self actualization scenario?
When do we know if we have an actual need or merely a fantasy?
I don't know about you but I can be hood-winked (or just plain fooled) just like the next person. When do we know when our needs meet reality? When our needs will actually benefit us and our lives? Benefit us and our experience of life? Help us to get closer to the realities of life and the inner experience within each one of us?
all or some of the above may come into play in determing our needs. When they do we can really feel that we are making progress and moving forward towards our promised land.
So was it general or was it particular?
As I started writing I thought the direction of this page would be quite general. Yet, as the words flow forth from my keyboard they seem to take on a nature of their own. Am I the director or the orchestrator or is life using my efforts or . . .
Big questions in life. Questions which can take a lifetime to fathom let alone get to the bottom of or understand or attempt to resolve. Yet we all try. And we all succeed in our own way, in our own time, in our own direction, on our own . . .
Director or directed?
Self actualization needs to be on our radar. We need honest self assessment of ourselves and our role and place in life. And equally how situations and circumstances gel together to make up our life.
Are we the orchestrator and the conductor? Are we the director or the directed? Are we in the driving seat or at the whims of an uncertainly programmed auto-pilot? Only we can decide and know.
We have some tough and some easy decisions ahead. What we make of them will have a real bearing on our life and how it pans out in the future. But my firm belief is that we have the wherewithal to meet the challenge of making self actualization a reality in our own life.
Trust yourself and move on ahead . . .