Validating Desire: Understanding our calling and reaching self-actualization

February 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Validating Desire: Understanding our calling and reaching self-actualization

Deep inside us all is a desire to determine our purpose and leave our mark on this world.

Life is too short to not wake up every day and do what you love. I’ve come across doctors who become businessmen and businessmen who become carpenters. We should pursue a vocation that fulfills our desires. After all, the Latin root of vocation is “voice.” The entrepreneurial spirit is really about discovering that voice and answering your calling.

 In 1943, Psychologist Abraham Maslow published his Hierarchy of Needs in a paper titled “A Theory of Human Motivation.” The philosophy of human needs is often illustrated in levels of a pyramid, as some needs are superior to others.

At the top of the pyramid is self-actualization, understanding our meaning in life. It is at this level that we validate our desires, maximize our potential and fulfill our purpose.

Self-actualized people enjoy the journey: Go along for the ride knowing you can still reach the endpoint without removing all obstacles. Overcoming failure has everything to do with how we perceive ourselves after mistakes and how we move forward.

 Another aspect of accomplishing self-actualization is building authentic relationships. When we are successful in the pursuit of our desires, we give credit to our support system, the people who believe in us so that we can reach our dreams. They remind us that although we have failed, we aren’t failures. They are what we refer to as balcony people.

 On the other hand, you may come across basement people, people who bring us down through criticism. They make us fear failure rather than seeing it as a growing experience.

Surround yourself with balcony people, and practice being a balcony person to others. Use every opportunity to better yourself and you can unleash your true potential.

Last modified: October 8, 2019