Thursday, March 12, 2009

8 Ways to Self-Acutalize

I found this link via one of my Twitter followers. I'm always looking for things to improve my life which means improving me as a person. I'd never heard of this guy before but I clicked the links and liked what I found so I'd thought I'd share it with you.

Abraham Maslow’s 8 Ways to Self-Actualize

Abraham Maslow’s 8 Ways to Self-Actualize

1. Experience things fully, vividly, selflessly. Throw yourself into the experiencing of something: concentrate on it fully, let it totally absorb you
2. Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth): Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.
3. Let the self emerge. Try to shut out the external clues as to what you should think, feel, say, and so on, and let your experience enable you to say what you truly feel.
4. When in doubt, be honest. If you look into yourself and are honest, you will also take responsibility. Taking responsibility is self-actualizing.
5. Listen to your own tastes. Be prepared to be unpopular.
6. Use your intelligence, work to do well the things you want to do, no matter how insignificant they seem to be.
7. Make peak experiencing more likely: get rid of illusions and false notions. Learn what you are good at and what your potentialities are not.
8. Find out who you are, what you are, what you like and don’t like, what is good and what is bad for you, where you are going, what your mission is. Opening yourself up to yourself in this way means identifying defenses - and then finding the courage to give them up.

Happy Thursday. I'll be back tomorrow with some layouts.

1 comment:

  1. Wow!! Where did you find this...? I love the whole hierarchy of needs by Maslow. It has been a comfort to me when I realized I had other needs that I needed to attend to before I could find value in greater ones. It was something I studied in college just after high school. But it never offered a way to self-actualize. But its amazing that the truth,divinity and beauty that comes from God can always be found, no matter the station in life. Though it seems that those who are in a lesser station of their lives seem to be more humble in their willingness to seek God. Well I guess thats why the scriptures speak of the learned as unlearned... because they are stiffnecked and unwilling to bend in order to seek beyond their learned minds.

    Am I off on a tangent...? Sorry... we can talk more later...