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Self-Actualisation Is A Noble Goal

Updated on May 18, 2020
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The Maslow Pyramid
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Who doesn’t dream of dedicating himself to his own desires, needs, dreams and goals and to fully concentrate on the fulfilment thereof?

Unfortunately, reality often gets in the way. Other commitments come to the fore, self-fulfilment is overshadowed by external influences and expectations.

From these resistances, you shouldn’t be unsettled in your pursuit, not least to stay true to yourself.

How self-actualisation can succeed and why it has less to do with egoism than with personal responsibility I’ll explain below.

Self-Actualisation, 4 Good Reasons

The starting point is always the same question, am I satisfied with my life as it is now?

Most people are not. The culprit is then quickly identified, the circumstances, and other people.

So they strive for more self-realisation and embark on a journey of self-discovery, authenticity, mindfulness and flow.

The concept is, unfortunately, used quite inflationary.

There is always and everywhere talk about the fact that one should please professionally as well as privately evolve.

There is nothing wrong with that, of course. Ultimately, it just means that you lead a life that you want to lead, utterly free of external constraints or influences.

However, self-actualisation doesn’t fulfil an end in itself just because the term is posited positively. Your own identity plays a decisive role here,

  • Who am I?
  • Who would I like to be?
  • What is important to me?
  • How do I want to live?
  • What do I want to do?

All of these questions are essential to be able to realise oneself and lead a fulfilled life.

Whoever strives for self-actualisation should therefore also know his motives and be able to answer why. After all, there are a few good reasons.


You Become Happier

Happiness is always individual and dependent on dozens of personal factors.

But those who don’t value themselves and take their needs seriously can’t be happy.

Through the process of self-actualisation, however, you get to know your needs and can create the conditions for your own personal happiness by living your own life according to your own decisions and expectations.

You Reach Your Goals

Although goals can be achieved without self-actualisation, the question remains,

are they really yours or are you setting a goal because someone else is expecting it of you?

It isn’t unusual to begin degree programs or training courses because the environment makes it a good idea.

The goal of Master may be achieved, but you may wish for something completely different.

For a self-determined life, you should, therefore, examine what your goals are, and pursue them.

If You Want To Find Yourself, Don’t Ask Others For Directions

You Get To Know Yourself

The search for one’s own identity and individual goals leads to one’s own strengths.

Therefore, those who intensively engage in self-actualisation will become more aware of their own desires, talents and abilities, and can consequently increasingly become more self-confident.

You Develop A Profile

The process of self-actualisation is at the same time a confrontation with one’s own values.

These lead to a determined attitude and thus to an individual profile, a personality.

Self-actualisation also helps to stand out from the crowd, not just in the job.

Why is self-actualisation so difficult for us?

But if self-actualisation is so desirable for most, why do so many become so complicated?

Everywhere in everyday life, it can be observed that people make an effort to finally self-actualise themselves, but fail to implement.

The Three Most Common Reasons


Self-actualisation Is A Long, Stony Path

But not all humans possess what science calls volition, bite or stamina!

It is one of the most critical factors for success in the first place. It’s the art of showing willpower throughout, as well as being aware of why we want something and what drives us to the core.

Self-actualisation Is Generally Considered Positive And Desirable

Most people measure here with double standards.

Of course, we can and should self-actualise, but if someone else does that, it will sometimes seem ruthless, selfish and stubborn.

Accordingly, quite a few bow to social expectations and fall into conformism so as to neither offend nor please.

Your Attitude

From childhood on, we learn that we should adapt to the environment.

After years of conditioning through prohibitions and restrictions, it’s, of course, difficult for us to put our own needs in the foreground and enforce them.

Hence, only little changes in the perceived quality of life.


Self-actualisation Tips For Implementation

Self-actualisation is not a final goal or condition, but rather a process that everyone actively pursues and advances.

The term self-actualisation suggests a fixed and unchangeable state to be achieved. Actually, however, self-actualisation always means at the same time also permanent self-discovery and self-creation.

And that includes many areas of life that are affected by it and vice versa.

So, if you choose to actualise, it’s all about answering the vital question of how?

Self-actualisation is not an easy task. It requires sustained motivation as well as the discipline of working on oneself and sometimes wearing many hats.

Sooner rather than later you will have to deal with criticism and resistance.

How you can achieve self-actualisation despite adversity and resistance I have summarised in the following recommendations.

Recognise What You Really Want

Before you can even think about the realisation, you must first find out what exactly you really want.

Everyone has different potentials, goals and desires. Therefore, be honest with yourself and, above all, listen to yourself.

Don’t let expectations and external pressure influence you.

Do what you want.

Once you understand what you want to achieve, it’s time to take that path.

In the beginning, there will probably be a bit of overcoming, but only that way can you reach your goal in the end.

Remember your motivation and dare to jump into the cold water.

Stand by your wishes.

Expect to run into criticism sooner rather than later

Someone will tell you that your goals are not achievable or that you’ve made a mistake.

Don’t quite ignore that criticism, rather ask yourself if there is a piece of truth to it.

Should you’ve actually made a mistake, it’s time for a correction.

Because that too is part of self-actualisation, taking responsibility for one’s own actions.

Only then do you really act with determination.

Don’t give up

Even if there are setbacks, you shouldn’t give up, at all.

As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in one day.

Always remember that self-actualisation is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

Throughout life, mistakes and setbacks are part of it. Learn from all that and stay true to your path.

The Colosseum in Rome
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