How To Achieve Self-Actualization At Any Stage Of Your Life
You needn’t go to business school in order to hear or even learn about the father of humanistic psychology, Abraham Maslow. Thanks to him and his theories of behavioral management, managers and business leaders were able to pinpoint the exact needs of their employees and guide them towards a concept called self-actualization.
But beyond the workplace, self-actualization has migrated over the years into the personal realm as well, as people have begun to aspire to it in order to, quite literally, unlock their true potential in life. Nowadays, self-actualization remains the pinnacle of true success and happiness. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the rules you can follow in order to achieve self-actualization at any stage of your life.
You are unique, so act like it
Every human being, for all of the traits they share with others, is unique. You have a unique set of needs and priorities in life, you have your unique likes and dislikes, as well as your unique inclinations that not only shape you as a human being but your future as a whole. You need to listen to these unique traits that you possess and make decisions in life based on your needs.
Why should you accentuate your needs so much? Because people who are not self-actualized are easily swayed by their surroundings, the culture they’re in, and the people they hold dear. While there is nothing wrong with learning from the world around you, you need to make life decisions independently.
Set clear goals, but enjoy the journey
People who strive to become self-actualized can clearly differentiate between a destination and a journey. More concretely, they can discern what is and what is not a destination. While buying a car might be a destination, your entire life certainly is not. Your life is a journey with many milestones. To be self-actualized, understand that this journey is long and winding, that there will be many ups and downs, and that you need to be in control every step of the way.
Be in control of your silver years
Retirement is something many people dread, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, your silver years should be a time when you tick the boxes in your bucket list and just lead a healthy and happy lifestyle overall. The important thing to remember is that you have the power to do this. You just need to be smart about it.
Retirement is not a period of your life you should spend alone, especially if you have a need for flexible in-home aged care support to ensure your day-to-day well-being and keep your quality of life at its peak year after year. Enjoying your silver years and staying in control of your health and happiness means being true to needs and allowing others to empower you through care and guidance.
Define your life’s purpose and live up to it
What many people who seek true self-actualization get wrong, is thinking that a life’s purpose is a destination, as if it is a single goal they need to achieve. In reality, a life’s purpose can be a state of mind or a continuous state of being that encompasses a myriad of smaller goals combined with grand milestones.
Discovering your life’s purpose in and of itself is a process, one that requires a lot of trial and error, careful contemplation, and self-discovery. So take it slow, and don’t be afraid to search long and hard for the thing that brings meaning to your existence on this earth.
Be humble and grateful, but know your worth
And finally, a self-actualized person creates a healthy balance of self-worth with humility and gratefulness. Knowing that your value as a person intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually doesn’t mean that you should feel entitled, but rather it means that you should use your worth to achieve your life’s goals, to be a better person, and to enjoy life to the fullest free from the shackles of societal norms. With that in mind, be humble and grateful, but be aware of your true worth as a person and you will be one step closer to healthy self-actualization.
Self-actualization might seem like an abstract concept few people can attain during their lifetime. In reality, though, self-actualization is achievable to anyone willing to put in the time, effort, and consistency to introduce these rules into their lifestyle. Do it yourself, and you will achieve self-actualization at every major stage in your life.
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