Today’s email from one of my favorite sites, The Daily Love, contained the Maslow’s 8 Ways to Self-Acutalize.
Abraham Maslow (1908-1970), as you will probably remember from school, developed the hierarchy of needs. There are 5 levels of needs, physiological, safety, belonging, esteem, and self-acutalization. His theory being that in order to reach self-actualization the needs on the lower part of the pyramid must be satisfied to some extent.
I think the 8 Ways to Self-Actualize provide the basis of living with purpose and finding the peace within yourself.
Abraham Maslow’s 8 Ways to Self-Actualize
1. Experience things fully, vividly, selflessly. Throw yourself into the experiencing of something: concentrate on it fully, let it totally absorb you.
2. Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth): Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.
3. Let the self emerge. Try to shut out the external clues as to what you should think, feel, say, and so on, and let your experience enable you to say what you truly feel.
4. When in doubt, be honest. If you look into yourself and are honest, you will also take responsibility. Taking responsibility is self-actualizing.
5. Listen to your own tastes. Be prepared to be unpopular.
6. Use your intelligence, work to do well the things you want to do, no matter how insignificant they seem to be.
7. Make peak experiencing more likely: get rid of illusions and false notions. Learn what you are good at and what your potentialities are not.
8. Find out who you are, what you are, what you like and don’t like, what is good and what is bad for you, where you are going, what your mission is. Opening yourself up to yourself in this way means identifying defenses – and then finding the courage to give them up.
Although not thought of since learned in class, I’m glad I received the refresher lesson. I plan on spending some time with Maslow steps in my quest. Whether posted in your journal or on the bathroom mirror, it’s a good reminder to yourself… you are learning, you are growing, you are here with purpose.
With love and peace,