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Work hard to gain the respect of those around you
Date Added: 31/03/2015 00:00:00
Author: Grant Morgan
To feel good about one’s self and acknowledge that you have accomplished something or have done a good job is the quintessential accomplishment in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Abraham Maslow was a brilliant American psychologist who created a theory of people’s needs and their priorities.

Maslow once said:

“In any given moment we have two options: To step forward into growth or to step back into safety.”

This quotes summarises Maslow’s work to identify people’s needs and understand what motivates them.

The backbone of Maslow’s most notable theories stemmed from his studies into self-actualising people. He studied those that excelled, his contemporaries, people that Maslow deemed exemplary. These studies led him to question his peer’s conclusions and helped form his own ideas of how the human mind works. This concluded in Maslow forming his theory of a ‘Hierarchy of Needs’, the needs that define our behaviour:
  • Physiological needs;
  • Safety needs;
  • Love and belonging;
  • Esteem;
  • Self-actualisation.

My definition of true self-actualisation is the culmination of a journey. A journey that begins with a physiological need to help ourselves and provide our most basic of needs. This foundation is the platform upon which we can start to build our success. We need to feel safe, therefore we plan. We formulate rationale that we are comfortable with to justify our actions, which in turn defines how secure we feel. The stronger and more established the platform, the more inclined we are to make more ambitious steps the higher we climb.

Providing for one’s self and feeling secure lead to the desire for a sense of belonging. We work hard to build relationships, we nurture these relationships and ultimately want to achieve and gain praise, which lead to acceptance from our peers. Acceptance provides the next stage of accomplishment, respect. To be valued and respected by those around you is where many start the steep slope to success. This part of your journey is the longest, most arduous and for many people this is the point where they pause, regress and feelings of discontent, unfulfillment and underachievement can materialise.

Nothing is achieved without hard work, determination and at times, reinvention. The culmination of our efforts is often a moment in time when, like a jigsaw, it all starts to fall into place and with this shift comes the clarity of self-actualisation.

Self-actualisation is the achievement of fulfilling all our physiological, safety, belonging and esteem needs and the realisation of achieving your potential.

Dare to dream. Aim to succeed. Work hard to gain the respect of those around you. These words help motivate me in my journey to self-actualisation.

All the best

Grant Morgan
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