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. It may be defined as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming. 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.
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.
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 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.