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Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to realize your goals

The art of our necessities is strange
That can make vile things precious.

― William ShakespeareKing Lear

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Abraham Maslow, a famous Americanpsychologist, in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, explains five basic needsthat one should fulfill in order to concentrate on inspirations from theoutside world. Hierarchically speaking, we first need to answer ourphysiological needs, which further include food, air, water, clothing, shelter,and sex. We take motivation from external factors to fulfill these basic needs.After meeting our physiological needs, we aim to make our lives safe andsecure; hence, our safety needs are placed second on Maslow’s Hierarchy ofNeeds. Such needs include health, certainty, control, routine, order,familiarity, and stability.

Next, we concentrate our efforts on meeting our social needs, which include acceptance, sense of belonging, affection and love. Placed fourth on this hierarchy are our esteem needs, such as self-esteem, self-respect, strength, adequacy, achievement, freedom, independence, confidence, and competence. Other subsidiary set of esteem needs includes dominance, appreciation, dignity, importance, recognition, glory, reputation, prestige, fame, and status. As we keep achieving these needs, we become more confident and motivated toward realizing higher objectives of ours. All of these four needs are actually our deficiency needs, since these have lack of something as their base. We heavily rely on external sources to meet these needs.

Finally yet importantly, the need for self-actualization is placed fifth on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. When a person thinks that he has his first four needs, he can concentrate on being true to his nature. Self-actualization helps one discover those talents that were lying dormant thus far. Since the deficiency doesn’t haunt him anymore, he can now look for myriad ways to reach his full potential. Self-actualization is necessary to identify what one is fitted for, since knowing oneself is the key to realize higher goals. Therefore, a decent unification of both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is necessary to ensure the success of any goal.

Identify your inner force of development

inspiration from others

Listen to your inner voice if you seriously want to bring about a positive change in and around you. An oblivious soul seeks inspiration from anything positive that comes his way. That’s the reason, maybe, we prefer relying on some sort of inspiration from external elements, which could join forces to suggest the right way for us. Remember you won’t always find extrinsic motivation, as certain things are beyond your control and you cannot force events to follow your mind. Therefore, it becomes necessary for all and sundry to look inside and try to deduce motivation from within when external inspiration starts diminishing to nihility.

Finish simple tasks first

self-confidence strengthens

Humans are progressive by nature. This quality makes them different from other species that don’t have the capability to think of development or growth.Our inner force aka the strength of will always finds a way when nothing works for us. No matter how difficult the task is, willpower inspires one to continue his efforts until s/he achieves his or her goal. We need to add dynamism to our willpower just to ensure that self-realization process could become easier than otherwise. Speaking in terms of goal setting, we should do simple tasks first. When we do so, our self-confidence strengthens and accordingly, reflects in even more dynamism is subsequent, tougher tasks.

One task at a time


Your inner force guides you not to scatter your energies in doing more than one task at a time. Instead of leaving something half-done and jumping on to another task, it’s always beneficial for you to accomplish one task fully and with due dedication. Your inner force is powerful enough to negate any claims of failure you keep considering every now and then. Inner force instills courage and faith in humans, which further help them accomplish even the most challenging tasks. When you listen to your inner voice, you can easily stay away from human weaknesses like restlessness, indifference, worry, boredom, timidity, pessimism, and laziness.

Life is purposely difficult for all. Rather than lamenting over pain and tragedy, and relating them to our existence, won’t it be sensible to consider them opportunities to develop our inner powers? Had the world been perfect, inner growth and struggle would have been daydreams for sure. Since we can overcome our difficulties, we can improve and become better with each passing day. Our inner force of development paves the way for a bright future ahead of us.


Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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