Self-Actualization: How to Feel Fulfilled

November 9, 2015

What are you aiming for? What is it that you want to get out of life? There’s a name for it: Self-Actualization.

It all boils down to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This hierarchy includes all of the necessities for a person to survive and live fully. These necessities are in order from bottom to top in degree of importance. The biggest section being physiological needs, then going up to necessities for safety, a sense of belonging, self-esteem, and, finally, self-actualization at the very top. Though this category is small, it seems to be extremely important to feeling fulfilled with your life. Self-actualization is defined by Dictionary.com as being “the achievement of one’s full potential through creativity,independence, spontaneity, and a grasp of the real world.”

This achievement of your full potential varies based upon what you want to gain out of life and what you value most. It is not the same for everyone, but in our society, careers tend to play a huge role in whether or not a person feels fulfilled in their life.

The question to be asked is then, why are so few people satisfied with their current careers?

We live in a fast-moving world full of opportunities and an extensive amount of time (no matter how quickly you may feel  it pass by). In order to solve this unsatisfied feeling, it is important to remember that all of these opportunities are yours to grasp, and you DO have enough time to accomplish whatever it is you aim to.

The main ingredient is: How badly do you want it?

In order to achieve your own personal goals, start with:

  1. Writing them down. Getting a visual of the things you want to accomplish can help you to feel more fulfilled once you are able to see yourself check them off as you complete them. Do not let money limit you, and write down all your goals: whether big or small.
  2. Put in some WORK. Specify a time throughout the day, week, or whenever you know you will have time, in order to do something to increase how close you are to that goal. The only way things will happen is if YOU make them happen.

3. Do not settle for anything less than your very best, and allow yourself to not get too stressed over making your goals become a reality. Some things take more time than others. Breathe through it, and do what you can – when you can. The achievement will eventually come.

4. Stay committed. The only thing that can get in the way of you reaching your goals is you. However, you are also the only person who can remind yourself when you need to take a break, and when you need to do a little more.

Get going, and get things done.

Thanks for reading!

Shannon M.

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