Are you proud, accomplished, and fulfilled?
Self-actualization is about how well you hone your potentials and whether you apply in practice your professional development, your self-respect, and self-awareness. It also helps to be optimistic when you optimize yourself in the setting of your life and work reality.
Self-actualization is at the top of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. This famous psychologist of the previous century best-defined what self-actualization is and wrote about how you can improve in this regard. According to Maslow, “what a man can be, he must be,” and it’s this need that we can call self-actualization. It’s the desire “to become everything that one is capable of becoming.”
When we check self-actualization on the list of our needs, we are proud, accomplished, and fulfilled. In order to get there (tips tailored from Maslow), you also have to:
- Pay attention to your choices in each moment of your life and whether you are open or defensive to growth opportunities. Do you always take the same tasks at work or you want to be challenged by something you don’t know but want to explore? Addressing your “defensive system” (ego) is not always going to be a pleasant process and you will sometimes have to work on healing old wounds in order to let yourself thrive.
- Be daring and different in the sense that you are not a conformist. You left a seemingly good job for you, well-paying and respected by colleagues. But if your calling was to learn a new profession or open your own businesses, isn’t that a step closer to self-actualization? (Plan wise such steps).
- Just like keeping balance in life, self-actualization is also a life process. You actualize by being daring. You actualize as you prove everyone you are best at project management. Or the best in HR or the best teacher–whichever your profession is. It’s a verb. Action.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. — Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO at Apple
More Good Reads? Our team recommends the following 4:
How to Practice Self-Actualization to Find the Job That Fits Your Life (via Glassdoor)
How to Help Employees Reach Self-Actualization (via Peakon)
10 Qualities for Self-Actualization in the 21st-century (via Noteworthy – The Journal Blog)
Flint Water Crisis Yields Hard Questions in Science and Ethics (via the American Scientist)