I like to take a little time out each day to write a quick list of twelve things I’m grateful for.
I find it an excellent exercise in perspective and it can put a smile on my face after even the most challenging of days.
Items from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs appear regularly on my list and I would even go so far as to say that the better the day – the higher up the pyramid the items are.
Written in 1943 by Abraham Maslow, this theory proposes that unless a person’s basic human needs are met then their subsequent anxiety will actually prevent them from being motivated by higher ideals.
We all understand our fundamental physiological needs such as air, water, food and shelter – but did you know that Maslow theorized that it’s the bottom four layers of the pyramid that need to be met in order to reach our full potential?
He also noted that only one in a hundred will actually achieve this higher level because our society rewards motivation primarily based on esteem, love and other social needs.
Where do your daily motivations and thoughts tend to sit on the pyramid?