Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Beethoven and Mother Teresa are among few who are regarded as self-actualized individuals. Do you carry the drive of self-actualization within you? Self-actualization occurs when you maximize your potential in doing the best that you are capable of doing. The concept was first introduced by the Gestalt psychologist Kurt Goldstein in his 1939 book The Organism. This article is an effort to guide you in climbing on the top of Maslow’s Pyramid. Learn what it takes to be a self-actualized person and maximize your potential.
Are you what you always wanted to be?
Self-actualization requires an acknowledgment first. You need to realize that one has to go beyond the materialistic world and surface temper. Some people call it a ‘soul searching.’ Soul searching occurs when you sit with yourself in a deep conversation. Once you have established that there is a higher meaning to life beyond the material world, you can set out for your journey of self-actualization. It is simple, before using your potential you need to identify it first.
To find out your potential, ask yourself these three questions;
What were you doing when you felt one at the moment?
How would you spend your time if earning money was not an issue?
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
After knowing yourself better, acceptance of yourself is the key to the treasure of self-actualization. Isn’t it beautiful, knowing yourself beyond the satisfaction of needs?! Be emotionally self-governing by understanding your depths and shallow mind areas. Once you embrace yourself completely, your anxious desperation will evaporate, and your path will be clearly visible. Now you will need to develop the motivation to walk on it.
Motivation guides the process of maximizing one’s potential
Motivation works as a spark to ignite our soul, to make us shine brightly on the face of our existence. If you want to find the way to utilize your potential, you need to find a purpose of your life. A purpose is bigger than the daily needs yet part of your daily routine. Understand this, completing oneself is a task of the lifetime so be Patient.
Self-actualization is about not letting yourself drown into a silent monotony
Self-actualization is waking up every morning with a purpose. Making everyday count towards a meaningful life. All self-actualized people have a disciplined routine around their purpose. Discipline is a guardian of dedication. A word without action is a failure and knowledge without practice is a wastage. Make a routine that fulfills you, without making you robotic in nature. You need to dedicate your energy towards something you enjoy doing.
Now, you are aware of what you rather be doing than being a spectator while life is passing. No moment should be wasted no more. You have a purpose in your life; you have mountains to climb. Lastly, self-actualization is about growing and helping others grow.
Here is your takeaway for this week
Accept yourself with all your strengths and weakness
Find out what makes you happy beyond the material possessions
Wake up with a purpose every day
Be patient with yourself
Grow and help others grow