Personal Development

Self Actualisation

Self Actualisation needs relate to success, self development and growth. It may be defined as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.

I believe that Self Actualisation is one of the primal goals of life, whether that be mankind or indeed any other form of life. We are all on the treadmill of self development.

Mankind is a funny creature, we are compulsive achievers – even if we see nothing to do.
Achievement leads to contentment, but there is always more to do – this is a constant source of discontent.

There are as many aspects of Self Development as there are aspects of self. Some of these are:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Intellectual
  • Spiritual

Physical Self Actualisation

Development of the physical body is generally associated with strength and health.

Emotional Self Actualisation

Emotional Development leads to a more tranquil and even paced existence.

Intellectual Self Actualisation

Intellectual Development leads to a greater feeling of place in the universe. We understand more about who and what we are, so we know more of our place in the world.

Spiritual Self Actualisation

Spiritual development leads to contentment. We are comfortable with our future and understand more of our place in the greater scheme of things. We understand that we have a destiny to be greater than we are now and this excites us.

It is important to achieve a balance in and between each of these aspects.

In order to achieve any level of success we must understand that achievement of developmental goals is a stepping stone process. We must develop firm foundations before we can advance. Should a foundation skill be weak or poorly developed, the higher levels will fail – usually when needed most. They must.


The doctrine of the damaged water barrel would have it that in order to succeed in life we must address our lowest stave first.

If our physical health is excellent the gains from increasing the proportion of physical exercise are small. If instead we identify emotional problems and address them directly, we will gain much more.

If success and achievement are the water in our barrel we must carefully analyse our strengths and weaknesses, prioritise our repairs then do something about them.

One Response to Self Actualisation

  1. Loyal Butterfly May 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    This is all great, but we cannot do it alone. “What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” To me, the soul is fulfilled in relationships. No amount of “self” growth will ever be sufficient. Where do I find the other people who agree with me?
    How do I fulfill myself when I can’t find others who want the same thing?
    I often say that I live to help others, and strangely, I am attacked and told that it demeans and makes others dependent to want to help. OK. Well, come back when you find that it does not work – that being alone is absolutely pointless.

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