What energises you to get up every morning, to do what you do and propel you through the day? 
Does it come from what you need to do, what you have to do, what you want to do, what you love to do? Answer - All of the above.

Here I will use Abraham Maslow's research into human psychology and the development of the hierarchy of needs to explain. For me, the needs pyramid made sense, it was simple and it is still very relevant to what motivates us.

The Needs Pyramid was broken into 5 -

At the base, there are the basic needs, we all need - food, drink, warmth, shelter, sex, sleep... this is followed by safety needs, we all want protection, security, stability and the hierarchy moves to love and belonging to self esteem, i.e. status, reputation, responsibility and the tip of Maslow Hierarchy is self actualisation described as personal growth and fulfilment.

To me this is not linear,  not an hierarchy, that is, once you have one, you can move up the pyramid to the next one and so on. The needs mingle together and the focus of my motivation will change, dependent on if that need is being met.

The Simple becomes Interesting

This is where the simple becomes very interesting, I know if I stayed at the basic needs, just motivated to work to satisfy the needs of just being alive, the things I need to have, the food to eat, the house to live in, I know that would not keep me motivated. It would not propel me through the day.
The areas of this pyramid of Want To and Love To are what inspire us to set the WHY in our life, figure out the WHAT and the HOW to improve our status, build our relationships and see our lives grow and experience fulfilment.

Our life is full of NeedToHaveToWantToLoveTo, just make more space for the Love To.

Here are the self actualising characteristics, can you tick these off in your life on a regular basis?

maslow's self-actualizing characteristics

  • keen sense of reality - aware of real situations - objective judgement, rather than subjective
  • see problems in terms of challenges and situations requiring solutions, rather than see problems as personal complaints or excuses
  • need for privacy and comfortable being alone
  • reliant on own experiences and judgement - independent - not reliant on culture and environment to form opinions and views
  • not susceptible to social pressures - non-conformist
  • democratic, fair and non-discriminating - embracing and enjoying all cultures, races and individual styles
  • socially compassionate - possessing humanity
  • accepting others as they are and not trying to change people
  • comfortable with oneself - despite any unconventional tendencies
  • a few close intimate friends rather than many surface relationships
  • sense of humour directed at oneself or the human condition, rather than at the expense of others
  • spontaneous and natural - true to oneself, rather than being how others want
  • excited and interested in everything, even ordinary things
  • creative, inventive and original
  • seek peak experiences that leave a lasting impression
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